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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 –...
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.
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...
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.
Peter John Baskerville's insight:
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.
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.
When young Ron Mayhill came to England from his native New Zealand in 1943, seconded to the RAF to fight against the German forces, he was so excited by the whole process that he kept a diary and wrote long letters home. In these memoirs - based on his diaries, letters and accounts written at the time - he recalls the terror and exhileration often felt on these raids. This book brings to life the wartime routine of a bomber station, the procedures for take-off drill, bombing and marking techniques, as well as individual sorties.
"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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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 -...
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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