Avro 679 Manchester
1A unknown serial
This appears to be a fairly late
model Manchester. Clearly it does not sport the third, central fin
carried by the earlier Mark 1s. The
Manchester was not a huge success due mainly to the un-
reliability of its Rolls
Royce Vulture engines. It did see active service in the early
days of WW II
but is best remembered for paving
the way for the Avro Lancaster which proved to be arguably
Britain's best heavy bomber.
Some 202 Manchesters were built, of which roughly 40 per cent
were lost on operations and
another 25 per cent written off in crashes.