A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd.

Mancshester and Lancaster Production Data

 

Updated: September 2008

Plant:

A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd. - Newton Heath, Manchester

 

Type:

Avro Type 683 – Lancaster Mk. I

S/N Range:

BT308, BT812, DG595 and DT810

Data:

Avro Type 683 Lancaster: Initial order of four planned prototypes ordered under Contract No.B.135521/40. The first aircraft (BT308) used a Manchester airframe, modified for the installation of four Merlin X engines. The second (DG595) was to be representative of the initial Lancaster Mk.I production model. The third (DT810) had Bristol Hercules VI radial engines installed and became the Lancaster Mk.II prototype airframe. The fourth and final prototype (BT812) was never built

 

Type:

Avro Type 679 – Manchester

S/N Range:

L7246, L7247

Data:

Avro Type 679 Manchester: Two prototypes ordered to specification P.13/36 on September 8th, 1936 under Contract No. 624973/37 and covered by Words Order 5667 from A.V.Roe & Co. Ltd., Newton Heath, Manchester.

 

Type:

Avro Type 679 – Manchester Mk. I & Mk. 1A

S/N Range:

L7276-L7325, L7373-L7402, L7415-L6434, L7453-L7497, L7515-L7526

Data:

Part of a production batch of 200 aircraft order to Air Ministry Specification 19/37 under Contract No. B648770/37 dated 12-37, and covered by Works Order No. 5723. The first 157 aircraft (L7276-L7325, L7373-L7402, L7415-L6434, L7453-L7497, L7515-L7526) were completed as Manchester Mk. Is.

 

While airframes from L7420 were completed as Manchester Mk.IA’s. The final 43 airframes (see next entry) were completed as Avro Type 683 Lancaster Mk.I Deliveries commenced to the RAF on 31-7-40.

 

L7515 was deleted from the contract after being damaged by fire.

Type:

Avro Type 683 – Lancaster Mk. I

S/N Range:

L7527-L7549, L7565-L7584

Data:

Part of the first production batch of 43 aircraft, originally commenced as Manchesters (see above entry), but completed as Lancaster Mk.I’s under Contract No. B.648770/37 as amended in 1940, and Works Order No. 5723. Deliveries commenced 11-41; completed 3-11 (average rate of production 2 aircraft per week. All aircraft completed with Nose, Tail, Ventral (Mid-upper) and Dorsal (Mid-lower) turrets.

Type:

Avro Type 683 – Lancaster Mk. I

S/N Range:

R5482-R5517, R5537-R5576, R5603-R5640, R5658-R5703 and

R5724-R5763

Data:

Part of the second production batch of 200 aircraft ordered from A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd., Newton Heath, Manchester, as part of Contract No.B69274/40 under Works Order No. 7671, R5482-R5517, R5537-R5576, R5603-R5640, R5658-R5703 and R5724-R5763. Deliveries commenced 2-42; completed 7-42 (average rate of production: 10 aircraft per week). The first thirteen aircraft (R5768-R5780) were destroyed in a bombing raid on the works 23-12-40 and replacement aircraft were added to the end of the production batch. Many aircraft surviving in 1943 had the Merlin XX engines replaced by Merlin XXII's.

 

1 aircraft (R5727) converted to Lancaster Ml.VI after leaving Manufacturers.

Type:

Avro Type 683 – Lancaster Mk. I & Mk. III

S/N Range:

ED303-ED334, ED347-ED396, ED408-ED453, ED467-ED504, ED520-ED569, ED583-ED631, ED645-ED668, ED688-ED737, ED749-ED786, ED799-ED842, ED856-ED888, ED904-ED953, ED967-ED999,

 

EE105-EE150, EE166-EE202

Data:

Part of the fourth production batch of 620 aircraft (being the final part of Contract No. B69247 and Works Order No. 7671) built by A.V.Roe & Co. Ltd., Newton Heath, Manchester. ED303-ED334, ED347-ED396, ED408-ED453, ED467-ED504, ED520-ED569, ED583-ED631, ED645-ED668, ED688-ED737, ED749-ED786, ED799-ED842, ED856-ED888, ED904-ED953, ED967-ED999, EE105-EE150 and EE166-EE202 (135 Mk.Is, annotated; remainder Mk.III's). Deliveries commenced 11-42; completed 6-43 (average production rate 25 aircraft per week)

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Type:

Avro Type 683 – Lancaster Mk. I & Mk. III

S/N Range:

JA672-JA718, JA843-JA876, JA892-JA941, JA957-JA981,

 

JB113-JB155, JB174-JB191, JB216-JB243, JB275-JB320, JB344-JB376, JB398-JB424, JB453-JB488, JB526-JB567, JB592-JB614, JB637-JB684, JB699-JB748

Data:

Part of the fifth production batch of 550 aircraft (being the first part of Contract No. 1807 and Works Order No. 8545) built by A.V.Roe & Co. Ltd., Newton Beach, Manchester. JA672-JA718, JA843-JA876, JA892-JA941, JA957-JA981, JB113-JB155, JB174-JB191, JB216-JB243, JB275-JB320, JB344-JB376, JB398-JB424, JB453-JB488, JB526-JB567, JB592-JB614, JB637-JB684 and JB699-JB748. Deliveries commenced 6-43; completed 12-43 (average rate of production, approximately 21 aircraft per week). 2 aircraft converted to Lancaster Mk.VI after leaving Manufacturers.

Type:

Avro Type 683 – Lancaster Mk. I & Mk. III

S/N Range:

PA964-PA999, PB112-PB158, PB171-PB213, PB226-PB267,

PB280-PB308, PB341-PB385, PB397-PB438, PB450-PB490,

PB504-PB542, PB554-PB596 and PB609-PB642

Data:

Part of the ninth production batch of 723 aircraft built by A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd., Newton Heath, Manchester, under Contract No. 1807, in two parts. Part 1 (440 Mk.III's and 1 Mk.I [PB592]). PA964-PA999, PB112-PB158, PB171-PB213, PB226-PB267, PB280-PB308, PB341-PB385, PB397-PB438, PB450-PB490, PB504-PB542, PB554-PB596 and PB609-PB642. Deliveries commenced 5/44; completed 9/44 (average rate of production, approximately 27 aircraft per week.)

 

Type:

Avro Type 683 – Lancaster Mk. I (Special)

S/N Range:

PB995-PB998, PD112-PD139

Data:

Production batch of 32 Avro Lancaster Mk.I (Special), manufactured as the second part of the ninth production batch of aircraft built by A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd., Newton Heath, Manchester, under Contract No. 1807. (723 aircraft total). Converted to carry 22,000 lb Grand Slam bomb. PB995-PB998, PD112-PD139. Deliveries commenced 1/45; completed 3/45 (average rate of production, approximately 10 aircraft per week.)