LOSE YOURSELF IN 1956
Crabb vanishes mysteriously
A visit to Britain in April by Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev brings the Russian military cruiser Ordzhonikidze to Portsmouth. Royal Navy diver, Lieutenant Commander Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb, is sent down for a closer look at its new propeller design… and never seen alive again. A body in a military diving suit is found 14 months later by fishermen, with head and hands missing, thus making it impossible to identify. A pathologist later confirms it as Crabb from certain scars, despite those who knew him claiming no such marks were present when they were asked to ID the corpse. Rumours continue that he was either captured or killed by the Russians.
lan Caster Finale
The final Avro Lancaster is retired from active service, 15 years after the type first flew. A total of 7377 were built from 1941-1946. Just under half were lost to wartime operations or crashes, with others scrapped as they became supplanted by jet technology. They also served postwar as civilian airliners, renamed the Lancastrian. Of the 17 preserved only two are airworthy, one of which is operated by the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.