Accurate and apt name for complex
WITH regards article of November 4 about the names given to the new retirement complex on the former RAF/US base at Ickenham.
May I bring to the notice of those allocating these names, ie Lancaster
and Lysander, that the latter was not, as described, a bomber but was designed and used formally for Army Co-operation purposes.
It was a sturdy single engine high wing monoplane, crew of two, no guns. It had wheel spats with four attached racks for small smoke bombs etc, it was noted for its very short take off and landing abilities hence the use later in the war as a means of transporting agents and their equipment to the continent.
In this mode it had just one crew, the pilot, The Germans had a same-design, aircraft the Fiesler Storch.
A couple of Lysanders were at Northolt and a common sight chugging around. So I do not think that the proposed name is well chosen how about Blenheim Wellington, Stirling, all bona fide bombers, or looking at the building itself – Fortress.