British heavy bomber in action during World War II Avro Lancaster Type: British heavy bomber. History: Undoubtedly one of the major import planes of World War II, and one of the greatest aircraft of history, the Avro Lancaster came about because of the failure of its predecessor. In September 1936 the Air Staff issued specification P13/36 for a twin-engined bomber of exceptional size and capability to be powered by two of the very powerful engines then under development: the Rolls- Royce Vulture 24-cylinder X engine was preferred. Handley Page switched to four Merlins with the Halifax bomber, but Avro adhered … learn more
WW2 War Diary for Thursday, September 21, 1939: Poland Artillery bombardment of key points in Warsaw greatly intensified. Neutrals Rumania: Prime Minister Calinescu shot dead by fascists of the Iron Guard. Assassins captured and publicly executed. Luxemburg: Radio Luxemburg closes down. Politics Britain: Government Blue Book published: pre-war diplomatic documents. Occupied Countries Poland: The Heydrich Plan: 600,000 Jews from Danzig and Western Poland to be transported to central Poland and concentrated in urban ghettos.
WW2 War Diary for Thursday, September 21, 1944: Russian Front Polish 1st Army forced to withdraw from its bridgeheads in Warsaw. Western Front Infantry of British 2nd Army tries to break through to Arnhem. Italy Greek and Canadian units of 8th Army capture Rimini, eastern bastion of Gothic Line.
WW2 War Diary for (day), (Datum): Air War Western Front: RAF’s first clash with Luftwaffe. Me 109 s attack 3 Battle recce-bombers over Siegfried Line. One Messerschmitt fighter and 2 Battles shot down. Home Fronts Germany: US newspapers publish details of private fortunes (£ 7 millions = $ 33 millions) deposited by Nazi leaders in foreign banks.
WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, September 20, 1944: Western Front Allied ground and airborne forces link up at Nijmegen. Polish Division reaches river Scheldt along 10-km front.