July 27th, 2016, 03:06
I have been reading a lot about the Lancaster and the direct descendant, the Lincoln, lately and a rather interesting side story of these two bombers is the RAF Bomber Command’s planned “Very Long Range bomber force”, better known as the Tiger Force. From 1943 Britain started to look at which contribution the RAF could do in the coming end fight with Japan after the victory over Japan. And beside the carrier force of the British Pacific Fleet, the VLR bomber force was to be an essential part.
In 43 and 44 it looked like the only way of reaching Japan with bombers from airfileds in Burma, china, Formosa, the Philippines and the Marianas. At the time most of these options were still under Japanese control.
Britain planed on sending Avro Lancasters and Lincoln, but even the later did...