Designed as a replacement for the Lancaster, the Lincoln was built as a long range bomber for missions into Eastern Europe, and for use in the Pacific war against Japan. Originally dubbed Lancaster Mk 4, the extent of the re-design was such that a new type number and name was justified. Apart from Australia, the only other export customer for the Lincoln was Argentina. The first Lincoln B.1 flew in June 1944. Only about 50 aircraft had been flown by May 1945 and with the end of WWII Lincoln production contracts were cut back sharply. The first unit to take delivery in February of 1946 was 44 Squadron which had been the recipient of the Lancaster 4 years earlier. A total of 447 Lincoln B.2s were built before production ended in 1947. Between 1950 and 1955 the Lincoln was used for anti-terrorist operations in Malaya and Kenya. The Australians continued to produce Lincolns until 1953 and retired the type in mid-1961.
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