The flying controls were not power-assisted, and it was extremely physically demanding for the pilot to throw his heavy aircraft around the sky when taking evasive action.
If the plane was hit, the odds of getting out of it were very poor - the G-force could virtually paralyse you, and the escape hatches were not easy to use.
Though in combat the Lancaster looked after its crews better than any other bomber, when mortally wounded it could be a death-trap.
In flight, they shook with massive vibrations, and the noise was absolutely terrific. To those sensitive to airsickness, they had a peculiar sliding motion, like a boat on an ocean swell, and some crew members were routinely sick on every journey. When the pilot made a violent evasive movement, diving hundreds of feet in seconds, even the toughest were inclined to puke.
However, there is not the slightest doubt that the Lancasters inspired great loyalty, and that they deserved all the care and superstitious reverence which were lavished upon them. They were highly manoeuvrable and very robust, able to fly well after considerable battle damage, and there was an undeniable magnificence about them. It is hardly surprising that they were loved.