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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.

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