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    Default Lancaster - a cone-shaped tube below the front turret

    Hi,
    Perhaps silly question, but can anyone explain what was the small half cone-shaped tube located just below the front turret on both sides of Lancaster fuselage?
    I haven`t found any reference to that.

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    Greg

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    Default Re: Lancaster - a cone-shaped tube below the front turret

    Do you mean the air vents ?

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    Default Re: Lancaster - a cone-shaped tube below the front turret

    First I thought that they were a kind of a flare chute.
    However I am not sure about that.
    Perhaps, indeed they can be air vents.

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    Default Re: Lancaster - a cone-shaped tube below the front turret

    Page 39 of Avro Lancaster Owner’s manual. Haynes RAF. Part 8,
    It’s a “ventilator”, so, yes, a vent of some sort.

    I sent you a photo by email.

    Jim

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    Default Re: Lancaster - a cone-shaped tube below the front turret

    Hi,

    The Lancaster Manual HMSO 1977 has a cutaway which calls them "EXTRACTOR LOUVER-(CABIN HEATING)" and in the heating section it says "Extractor louvres, incorporating a sliding door by which the airflow can be controlled, are fitted one on either side of the fuselage nose."

    Spelling Louver and Louvre exactly as printed !!
    cheers Peter

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    Default Re: Lancaster - a cone-shaped tube below the front turret

    I’m pretty sure that dad talked about the subject of “heat” in a Lancaster, that it emanated from the wireless operator’s station. The WOP was always too hot and the rest of the crew were cold. In crew photos taken near the aircraft, the WOP always had shoes on while the rest of the crew wore flying boots. Want this covered in one of Lancaster at War books?

    Jim

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    Default Re: Lancaster - a cone-shaped tube below the front turret

    Thanks guys for your assistance.
    It seems that your explanations resolve all my doubts.

    Regards,
    Greg

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