Documentary Review: Survivors recall flying Britain’s “Lancaster” bomber during WWII

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They’re very old men, now — all in their ’90s — and very few in number. The world war killed almost one in two airmen from their ranks, and the 75 or so intervening years have taken almost all those who survived.

But the few living pilots, navigators, gunners, radio-men and “bomb aimers” (how the Brits labeled bombardiers) gathered for one more remembrance of their duty, the perils they faced and the “dirty” work of bombing the enemy’s cities from their “Lancaster” bombers in a new documentary from the folks who made “Spitfire.”

“Lancaster” is a wide-ranging appreciation of one of the finest aircraft of World War II, a graceful Rolls-Royce powered marvel that carried the heaviest payloads of the European theater as Britain’s instrument for “taking the war to Germany” for air raids — often at night — that leveled many a Germany city.

Although most of those interviewed…

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