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Hero bomber pilot's amazing untold story — War History Online

Hero bomber pilot's amazing untold story — War History Online | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it

EVERY day for nearly 70 years, Dennis Bartlett silently thanked bomber pilot Bill North for saving his life. The last time he’d seen his Second World War comrade was in July 1944 on a pitch-black hillside in France where Bill crash landed their bullet-ridden Lancaster after a Luftwaffe attack.

 

“We all owed our lives to Bill. Without a thought for himself and while terribly injured he stayed on board our doomed bomber in order to save us. That still moves me to this day.” Bill is now 89 but he remembers what happened so vividly it could have been last week. He said: “I was never scared of flying. My fear was of letting my crew down. “We had become the firmest of friends as well as comrades and had complete confidence in each other’s abilities. It would have been a bitter blow if any one of my crew had been killed.”

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Dedicated to the air and ground crews of 460 squadron (1941-45) and the Lancaster Bombers they flew.
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460 Squadron - Bomber Command WW2

460 Squadron - Bomber Command WW2 | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it

Dedicated to the bomber command crews of WW2... "The crew and I were only on 460 Squadron for just a few months as we each completed our 30 trip 'tour of duty'. Still, we were proud to have played our part in a great Command, to have upheld the honour and reputation of a great Squadron and to have been numbered amongst that splendid company of men who willingly went each night in jeopardy of their lives" Henry Baskerville. Here are our stories ....

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National treasures, heroes, legends.

National treasures, heroes, legends. | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
National treasures, heroes, legends - rare words reserved to honour the rare deeds of three WA diggers.
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Bomber Command Veteran Calton Younger

Bomber Command Veteran Calton Younger, author of the bestseller 'No Flight From The Cage' describes the moment his Wellington bomber was shot down. Australian Cal served as a navigator with No. 460 Squadron. Signed copies of his book are available - email fightinghighbooks@btinternet.com

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Battle of Britain Memorial flight tweets by Tim Dunlop

Battle of Britain Memorial flight tweets by Tim Dunlop | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
The latest Tweets from Tim Dunlop (@Twigs95). Bomber Leader on the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Lest We Forget. @RAFBBMF http://www.raf.mod.uk/bbmf/. RAF Coningsby
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Videos, pictures and stories relating to the 2014 Battle of Britain memorial flight.

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Incredible footage captured alongside legendary Lancaster bomber

Incredible footage captured alongside legendary Lancaster bomber | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
For the 55,000 brave aircrew who lost their lives in the Second World War, it would have been their final view of England, soaring high above the North Lincolnshire countryside.
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Two Lancaster Bombers fly together for first time in 50 years - YouTube

At RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire two Lancaster Bombers took to the skies today for the first formation flight of this aircraft type since the 1960s. The two Lancasters will visit some 60 air shows and public events across the UK over the next 5 weeks and today’s flying was in rehearsal for tomorrow’s first public engagement at the Bournemouth Air Show this weekend

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The Lancaster: Britain's Flying Past - BBC Two

The Lancaster: Britain's Flying Past - BBC Two | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
John Sergeant celebrates the Lancaster and the people whose lives were associated with it.
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New memorial unveiled to ensure the role of Binbrook airfield is never forgotten

New memorial unveiled to ensure the role of Binbrook airfield is never forgotten | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
Grimsby Telegraph New memorial unveiled to ensure the role of Binbrook airfield is never forgotten Grimsby Telegraph The RAF bomber, and later fighter base, opened in June 1940 and was home to many of the most familiar aircraft in RAF service –...
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A modern day mission: Lancaster bomber crew prepares for action 70 years on in remarkable set of airfield pictures

A modern day mission: Lancaster bomber crew prepares for action 70 years on in remarkable set of airfield pictures | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
Amazingly these photos were not taken 70 years ago but this week, at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at the former Lancaster bomber base at RAF East Kirkby.
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No. 460 Squadron RAAF

No. 460 Squadron RAAF - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

No. 460 Squadron RAAF was formed from 'C' Flight of No. 458 Squadron RAAF at RAF Molesworth, Huntingdonshire on 15 November 1941, as a bomber squadron equipped with Wellington Mk.IV aircraft. Originally part of No. 8 Group RAF, Bomber Command, the squadron moved to RAF Breighton, Yorkshire and joined No.

8 JUL 1942: The RAAF's 460 Squadron. Attached to RAF Bomber Command raids Wilhelmshaven. 13 Wellingtons of 460... http://t.co/P5ib288R0O
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Chis Evans Lancaster bomber flight - YouTube

Commemorating 70 years Dam Buster operation from RAF Scampton he flies in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Lancaster Bomber BBC One Show (Chis Evans Lancaster bomber flight: http://t.co/H3j4gMBrca...
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The World War II service and sacrifice of Australia's Bomber Command

The World War II service and sacrifice of Australia's Bomber Command | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it

On the first Sunday in June, crowds will gather throughout Australia to commemorate the men of Bomber Command.

The ranks of those ordered to fly bombers and their deadly cargo from British airfields into the moonlit skies over Europe during World War II are now very thin. Those who remain are unsteady on their feet, their frames frail, but they proudly move to lay wreaths at the Bomber Command Memorial on a chilly Canberra morning, or elsewhere in this nation, to remember comrades long gone.

They gave their best years to a campaign they were ordered to carry out. In the beginning, it was military and industrial targets, but then it was not. Following the war, they were subjected to derision and struggled with their own demons. Nonetheless, their service and sacrifice continues to be felt internationally, and it should never be ignored by Australians.

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It is letters like this one from NSW-born Pilot Officer Herbert Delacour that remind us of their sacrifice.

Dear Mum and Dad,

I hope you never get this, for if you do, it means I did not return from the operation I am about to set out on. I have no feeling of premonition – nothing at all, but the reason I’m writing this is an expression of gratitude to you, which I want you to know I feel very much. I’ve often wondered how it was I was so lucky to be born to such parents as you and Dad. No other mother in the entire world could have been so good, kind or understanding, or, to sum it up in one word, GRAND, as you have been to all of us ... And the same to Dad. Together such parents in this whole, wide, wicked world of ours could never be found.

Do not grieve over me too much Dad and Mum. Oh I know you will grieve and the pain in your heart will burn badly for a while, but please Mum and Dad, remember I’ve died the way I’ve always wanted to die and died the way so countless numbers of other fellows are dying every day on this earth. I am just merely your contribution to a better, cleaner, freer world. May you obtain that world Mum. And, again, remember it is you who are left behind who are the real heroes, not us who die. It is you who bear the sacrifice, so grin and bear it and remember that famous motto ‘time heals all wounds’. Yes time will erase that burn from your heart Mum and then, you and Dad and the family shall know that what you suffered was, after all, just a minor affair, an everyday happening in this world.

I can’t express here how much I love you Mum and Dad for it is beyond all expression. I hope my brothers and sisters all grow up to have happy successful lives. I will not say goodbye Mum for it is not goodbye, for one day we shall all be again united in a much better land than this.                                               

So I’ll Only Say

For the Present

Lots of Love to you all,

From Your loving son,

Bert.


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World War II RAAF bomber radio operator recognised in ceremony

World War II RAAF bomber radio operator recognised in ceremony | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it

It may have taken seven decades, but on Sunday at the seventh annual Bomber Command Commemorative Wreathlaying Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial, the 89-year-old finally received the public recognition he deserved.

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National treasures, heroes, legends

National treasures, heroes, legends | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
National treasures, heroes, legends - rare words reserved to honour the rare deeds of three WA diggers.
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National treasures, heroes, legends - they were the rare words reserved to honour the rare deeds of three West Australian diggers who were yesterday awarded France's highest accolade, the Legion of Honour.

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The History of Bomber Command 1939 – 1945′ (DVD)

The History of Bomber Command 1939 – 1945′ (DVD) | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it

"Illustrated with gripping and starkly dramatic footage filmed under combat conditions in a world at war, this dvd collection examines all the major operations undertaken by Bomber Command from 1939 through to the final victory in 1945"--Container.


Documentary telling the story of the airmen who manned the fighter planes of RAF Bomber Command, whose mission was to destroy the towns and cities, factories and docks, rail yards and oil refineries of Germany and the countries it had occupied. Almost half of these men were never to return. This film examines all the major operations undertaken by Bomber Command from 1939 through to the final victory in 1945, and tells their story in graphic detail through interviews with the few remaining survivors and their former enemies.

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Black Night for Bomber Command.

Black Night for Bomber Command. | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it

It sets out to investigate what went on in the raid of 16th December 1943, when a large number of bombers, all Lancasters, were lost after a raid on Berlin.  Losses not down to Flak and Night fighters (thought they happened as well), but through such bad weather over the airfields when they got home, that an extraordinary number of aircraft crashed when trying to find somewhere to land. 

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RAAF legendary Aussie 460 Squadron remembered

RAAF legendary Aussie 460 Squadron remembered | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
In 1939 Britain declared war on Germany, sending more than 400,000 Australians abroad to stop the march of Nazi Germany. One squadron earned fame and respect in the years that followed, for dropping more bombs than any other in daring and costly air raids over Europe. A declaration made 75-years ago this week, saw tens-of-thousands of Australians sent to the Binbrook airfields in Britain.
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VIDEO: Footage from inside a Lancaster bomber during the 'Three Sisters' flypast.

VIDEO: Footage from inside a Lancaster bomber during the 'Three Sisters' flypast. | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
VIDEO: Footage from inside a Lancaster bomber during the 'Three Sisters' flypast Grimsby Telegraph Stunning footage taken from inside one of the two last airworthy Lancaster bombers as it flew alongside its sister aircraft and the iconic Avro...
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Last two airworthy Lancaster bombers in flypast

Last two airworthy Lancaster bombers in flypast | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it

Two Lancaster bombers currently completing tour of UK to mark anniversary of Battle of Britain were on display at Eastbourne air show today along with Hurricane and Spitrfire fighter planes. Before this tour, the last time a pair of Lancaster bombers was seen in the UK was 50 years ago - and this meeting will likely be one of the last.

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On this day in Air Force history: July 22 - Royal Australian Air Force

On this day in Air Force history: July 22 - Royal Australian Air Force | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
On this day in Air Force history: 19360722 22/07/1936 Hughie Edwards embarked on RAF career
Caption: Edwards, VC, with Australian Prime Minister Curtin...
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Bomber Command veterans turn out to salute Canadian Lancaster visiting UK

Bomber Command veterans turn out to salute Canadian Lancaster visiting UK | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
Daily Mail Bomber Command veterans turn out to salute Canadian Lancaster visiting UK Daily Mail Bomber Command veterans turned out to watch the last two airworthy Lancaster bombers fly over Lincolnshire in what could have been their last mission -...
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Bomber Command in Sydney, June 2014

Bomber Command in Sydney, June 2014 | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
While many of the Bomber Command veterans who still live in Sydney travelled down to Canberra for the commemorations held there in early June, a small number attended a ceremony held at the Cenotap...
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D-Day Normandy 2014 - Lancaster Bomber

During the 70 Years celebration in Normandy A Lancaster Bomber flew over in Port En Bessin.
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Bomber Command in Canberra, 2014

Bomber Command in Canberra, 2014 | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it

This was the seventh time that the first weekend in June saw Bomber Command veterans, families, researchers, authors and assorted hangers-on converge on the national capital for a weekend of remembrance and reminiscing.

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Lancaster Bombers over Holland - Operation 'Manna'

Lancaster Bombers over Holland - Operation 'Manna' | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
The most sweetest thing .... The Lancaster bomber ...... Beautiful ....... The rest speaks for it self .........
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