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 ....
Bomber Command's campaign started on the very first day of the Second World War and ended within a few hours of the final victory in Europe five and a half years later.
It was an attempt to win the war in Europe by strategic bombing on such an enormous scale that historians have only recently begun to piece together the finer details of the individual raids.
There have been many books about Bomber Command, but Martin Middlebrook, the aviation historian, and his research colleague, Chris Everitt, were the first to compile a complete review of all the raids and the background stories to this fascinating campaign. They undertook the gargantuan task not only of documenting every Bomber Command operation but also of obtaining information from local archives in Germany, Italy and the occupied countries, on the effects of the raids.
Little of this material had been published previously, and never before had the two sides of Bomber Command's war been brought together in this way. The Bomber Command War Diaries has become the standard basic work of reference on this extraordinary campaign. This edition includes retrospective observations and a new appendix.
Australian PM Mr Curtin with the crew of a Lancaster bomber in which he flew, 19 August 1943. Courtesy of West Australian News Ltd Additional information from photo: L-R: Sgt H Neill, P/O J Grose, the PM, FLt P S Isaacson DFC DFM, FLt R S Nielsen DFM, P/OE M Copley DFM, P/O A E Page, Sgt C Spencer, P/O M D Delaney
After training, Dunstan was posted to 460 Squadron. His first operation was to Dusseldorf on 11 June 1943. Dunstan's crew flew together over a five month period. He later recalled the fear and nervous tension as his tally of ...
I met my wife over the radio as I flew World War Two bomber over Germany Mirror.co.uk A few days after they get back together, Mrs Stevens became involved in one of the most famous episodes of the war when she gave radio instructions to Lancaster...
A PRICELESS treasure, which documents life in the prisoner of war camp made famous by the movie The Great Escape, has come to light in Loughborough. The amazing wartime log book belonged to the late Flt Sgt Nicholas Alkemade who made history after he dropped 18,000 ft from his burning Lancaster bomber without a parachute and survived.
This war camp was made famous in themovie The Great Esacape, which starred Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough.
The spring of 1944 had seen Bomber Command’s rapidly growing strength given over mostly to preparations for the Allied landings on the continent planned for late May or early June. French factories, railways, and bridges had been bombed relentlessly in a precision campaign that contrasted with the “area bombing” visited on German towns and cities during the previous two years.
Peter John Baskerville's insight:
A comprehensive account of the bomber command operations during 1944 and 1945.
Ron Conley, an Air Force officer from Brisbane, was last heard from on June 6, 1944 while on a top secret bombing mission. For Ron's family, what happened to this young Australian navigator and his crew mates has always been a mystery.
Unlike the heroes of Fighter Command – those we remember for their derring-do in Hurricanes and Spitfires – Britain has been rather more reluctant to honour its bomber crews, even though, of all the branches of the Armed Forces, they faced the deadliest odds
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He was posted to 27 O.T.U and stayed there training other pilots until being posted to 460 squadron (RAAF) on 14 March 1944. Promoted to Squadron Leader, Eric and crew were to be shot down in Lancaster LM523 on the ...
Group portrait of Australian air crew and ground staff at Lancaster Heavy Bomber no.460 squadron RAAF with Bomber Command at RAF station Binbook, 1944. (UK1655 – Australian War Memorial). The most costly missions were with RAF ...
Harold Jellicoe Percival, a last link to the Dambusters raid, never married and had no children. When he died last month aged 99 he had no close friends and it seemed there would be no one to mourn him except a handful of care home staff.
460 Squadron RAAF - posted in Air War in Western Europe 1939 - 1945: . . . . . . .The most sorties . . . . . The highest tonnage . . . . The heaviest casualties . . . . . The most decorations of any Squadron in Bomber Command.