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    Hi,

    again I wonder about a part of an entry in an ORB of June 1943. It is:

    Aircraft hit by flak over target while taking photo. Hydraulic pipe line fractured. Bomb doors remained open. Bottle used for landing for undercart and flaps.

    Can anybody of you enlighten me what is meant by "bottle"?

    Thanks.

    Best

    Marcel
    Last edited by Marcel L.; 31st October 2019 at 10:29.

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    Marcel,
    Were some aircraft fitted with a bottle of compressed air which could be used - just once - to operate wheels/flaps. It was a "one shot" device! The experts will know.
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    Hi Peter,

    thanks for your answer.

    I forgot to mention that it was a Lancaster bomber of 9 Squadron.

    Cheers

    Marcel

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    Hi again,

    now I have read in the Lancaster Manual, that the a/c had an emergency air system on board. If the hydraulic system failed the undercarriage could be lowered by compressed air from a special bottle or bottles.

    Thanks.

    Best

    Marcel

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