Ac­cu­rate and apt name for com­plex

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - K ROWLAND Ad­dress with­held

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.

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