John Sergeant returns to BBC Two next month with a brand new documentary exploring the iconic aircraft said to have won us the Second World War – the Lancaster.
The plane was at the heart of nearly every vital aeronautical mission of the Second World War including the Dambusters Raid and the sinking of the Tirpitz.
Sergeant’s previous shows on the Spitfire and the Sea King were greeted with critical and audience acclaim.
In the latest programme, The Lancaster: Britain’s Flying Past, he guides viewers through the aircraft’s story shares the emotional stories of the people who made it such a critical part of the war effort.
The show brings together the ‘Magnificent Seven’ – a group of airmen who are the surviving components of what would have made up a full Lancaster crew.
Meeting for the first time, Sergeant hears their stories of working in cramped conditions at heights of 20,000 feet for hours at a time, where the temperature often fell to minus forty degrees and frostbite was as much a problem as evading the German fighter planes.
BBC Two, July 20th