Pilot's Instrument Panel

There was little room for comforts on the flight deck. The pilot (left sitting), Flight Engineer (right sitting in he flight jump seat) and the Navigator, who is facing rearward and actually sitting in the Flight Engineers normal crew position, but normally sat facing left in front of his navigators table. All three shared this very small area.

Wireless Operators Station


Located just in front of the Lancaster Main Wing Spar and on the left side. It was packed with various pieces of radio equipments as well and some basic early warning systems to detect approaching night-fighters

Bomb Aimers Station


Left: a T1 bomb sight and Z-Equipment show in the center of the image, while the T1 sighting computer (lower left) and the intercom (middle left) can also be seen.


Right: The bomb allocation and distribution panels used to fuse each of the 16 bomb stations separately and determine which order the bombs dropped from the bomb bay

Rear Gunners Position


"Tail end charlie" was the eyes of the aircraft from the rear.

Navigators Station


Left: Located on the Port side of the aircraft and directly behind the pilot.


Right: Typical H2S Radar Installation Located on the forward end of the navigators table

DR Loop Aerial


Located on the top of the fuselage but inside of the cockpit glass section known as the grass house.

Rest Bed


Located on the port side between the forward and aft main wing spars. The bed was used for injured or sick air crew. During take-off and landings, the Bomb Aimer sometimes stayed at this location for safety.

Mid-Upper Gunners Position


Looking forward from approximately the crew door position, the mid-upper gun turret provided to be a formimdable obstacle for the crew to move around.

Elsan Toilet , Flare Chute and Rear Gunners Position


Looking aft from approximately the crew door position, the Elsan toilet (can shaped object on floor) also acted as a step for the rear gunner to use. The gunner would then crawl over the rear spar and into his turret. While the vertical flare/photo-flash chute is also visible on the right hand side.

Flight Engineers Panel


Allow him to monitor Engine RPM, Oil and Coolant Temperatures and transfer petrol from one tank to another.

Right: The main electrical distribution panel.

Shown is a Canadian Lancaster Mk. X panel which used "flip" switch breaker.

Unlike the British Panels with used a more traditional "wire fuse"

Lancaster: Interior Views


Updated: July 2008