460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45
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460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45
Dedicated to the air and ground crews of 460 squadron (1941-45) and the Lancaster Bombers they flew.
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3,500 RAAF Bomber Command airmen were killed in WW2.

3,500 RAAF Bomber Command airmen were killed in WW2. | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it

While the triumphs of Bomber Command are legendary, heroism came at a high price. Nearly 3,500 RAAF airmen serving with the Command were killed, amounting to about 20 per cent of all Australian deaths in combat during the war.

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The Australian 460 Squadron with 200 air crew was wiped out over 5 times during World War II losing over 1,000 service men.

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Lancaster WW2 Bomber

This page contains photos of the British Lancaster World War II bomber
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A gallery of photos of the Lancaster Bomber.

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Bomber Command recognition has come far too late.

Bomber Command recognition has come far too late. | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
WHEN war in Europe finally came to an end in 1945, their sacrifice was largely ignored.
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Surviving bomber command veterans are today in their 90s. Most have passed away and never been acknowledged for the work they did in saving the world from the tyranny of Nazi philosophy and dictatorship. My dad at 90 and a pilot from 460 squadron, at least gets to finally see some recognition for the 55,000 who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the lifestyle we all enjoy so freely today.

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A Lancaster Bomber crew returns

A Lancaster Bomber crew returns | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
ju-dou: “Watching last night’s Bomber Command, and God, it gives me goosebumps, just terrifying. Unimaginable levels of bravery, just looking at one of those Lancasters would paralyse me. Half of the...
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The RAF bombers of the Second World War

The RAF bombers of the Second World War | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
Images from the RAF Museum of air and ground crews from the Second World War involved in flying and servicing its fleet of bombing aircraft.
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20 excellent photos of the bombers their flying and ground crews from WW2.

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Another Lancaster bomber 'could fly soon'

Another Lancaster bomber 'could fly soon' | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
A Lancaster bomber featured in Dr Who is close to becoming only the third airworthy aircraft of its type in the world.
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So good to have one more example of this remarkable aircraft still flying.

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Bomber Boys - The full BBC Documentary.

Brothers Colin and Ewan McGregor follow up their documentary The Battle of Britain with a film exploring Bomber Command, a rarely-told story from the Second World War.
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The documentry looks at the both sides of the Bomber Command campaign in WW2. From the horrors of destruction to the freedom it won for Great Britian and the free world.

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Some Interesting Facts about the Lancaster Bomber

Some Interesting Facts about the Lancaster Bomber | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it

Arguably the most famous heavy bomber of World War II, the Avro-built Lancaster bomber undertook some of the most dangerous and complex missions yet encountered by the RAF. Primarily a night bomber but frequently used during the day too, the Lancasters under Bomber Command flew some 156,000 sorties during the Second World War, dropping 609,000 tons of bombs.Among these bombs was the famous ‘bouncing bomb’ designed by British inventor Barnes Wallis, a payload that would lead the Lancaster to remain famed long after 1945. We takes a look inside an Avro Lancaster to see made it so successful.

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Lancaster Bomber almost home by Kens Aviation Prints

Lancaster Bomber almost home by Kens Aviation Prints | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it

Lancaster Bomber almost home by Kens Aviation Prints.

 

Lancaster Bomber Phantom of the Ruhr returns home as the evening sun sets over a calm sea with Worthing in the distant background in this digital montage using two...

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Bomber recalls his war years

Bomber recalls his war years | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it

REMEMBRANCE Day today marks the month 72 years ago that Corporal John “Jack” Bell came to Evans Head

 

Jack became part of a formidable flying force known as Bomber Command in the British RAF.

 

They flew many missions into Europe with the aim of bombing strategic sites used by the enemy, to help undermine their strength.

 

Jack was one of 10,000 Australians that served with Bomber Command during World War II, and while he survived the war, nearly 3500 didn't.

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Bomber Boys – BBC Documentary »

Bomber Boys – BBC Documentary » | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it

Brothers Colin and Ewan McGregor follow up their documentary The Battle of Britain with a film exploring Bomber Command, a rarely-told story from the Second World War.

The film focuses primarily on the men who fought and died in the skies above occupied Europe, with numerous examples of individual heroism and extraordinary collective spirit, and Colin learns to fly the key aircraft of the campaign: the Lancaster bomber. But this is also the story of a controversy that has lasted almost 70 years.

 

The programme covers six years of wartime operations, and traces the obstacles and challenges that were overcome as the RAF developed and deployed the awesome fighting force that was Bomber Command.

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Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial

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

During WW2 25,000 aircrew from Bomber Command, flying from Lincolnshire, died. To mark their sacrifice, a memorial will be erected on the top of Canwick Hill, in Lincoln. The site overlooks Lincoln Cathedral which was a major landmark for crews leaving Lincolnshire and as a navigation point for those lucky enough to return. 46% of all Bomber Command’s casualties were based in Lincolnshire.

 

The project is being led by the Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire with support from all sectors of the community including the Bomber Command Association, Local Councils, County Council, Lincolnshire Lancaster Association, Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire, active RAF stations in the county and elsewhere, Lincoln Cathedral and the University of Lincoln. Many other individuals and organisations have also pledged their support.

 

The formal launch will take place in May 2013, around the 70th anniversary of the famous Dambusters raid which left from Lincolnshire in May 1943 as part of Bomber Command.

It is planned to have the memorial completed by May 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the official ending of hostilities in World War 2.

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CLARENCE CHARLES GARDNER - 460 Squadron Lancaster Pilot - WW2

CLARENCE CHARLES GARDNER - 460 Squadron Lancaster Pilot - WW2 | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it

Gardner flew 48 missions with 460 Squadron - 14 of them combat sorties in the Battle of Berlin in 1943-44, and his extraordinary contribution was recognised with the award of a Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar. He ended the war as a squadron leader.

 

The extremely hazardous nature of those wartime sorties is illustrated by one mission he flew, as a flight lieutenant, in a night attack on Berlin on September 3, 1943. Taking evasive action while under attack by a German night fighter, his Lancaster collided with another Lancaster and although still a long way from the target, and with his aircraft severely damaged, he and his crew displayed great determination and continued on their planned flight path, completed their bombing run over Berlin, and only then returned to base at Binbrook in England. They had lived up to the squadron motto, ''strike and return''.

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RAF Bombing Offensive Against Germany

A 6-part video covering the British RAF's contribution to the bombing offensive against Germany during WW2

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Lancaster Bomber ...

The famous 460 Squadron (Australia) Lancaster bomber ‘G’ George resting at Binbrook, Lincolnshire, after completing 90 operations over enemy territory during WWII

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A great plane that played a pivitol role in the defence of the free world flown by brave crews ... lets we forget.

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Lancaster bomber to fly as tribute to a lost brother - Telegraph

Lancaster bomber to fly as tribute to a lost brother - Telegraph | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
Two Lincolnshire farmers have spent a fortune restoring a World War Two Avro Lancaster bomber in memory of their brother, 19-year-old Christopher Panton, who was shot down in 1944.
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Great to see one more of this famous aircraft being restored to flying operations.

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RAF Bomber Command

A full documentry made in 1943 and covering all the aspects of life and action of a bomber command squadron.

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60 minutes of real time video taken at the time the Lancaster bomber squadron was operational in 1943.

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Bomber Command veterans to be honoured

Bomber Command veterans to be honoured | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it

Veterans of Bomber Command to receive awards in recognition of their heroic efforts during the Second World War.

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British PM David Cameron has recommended a new “clasp” for veterans of Bomber Command who played such a vital role in the war and who have until today been treated inconsistently with those who served Fighter Command. Like the memorial ... long overdue.

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Bomber Command heroes

Bomber Command heroes gather to sign copies of the Memorial book at The Aviation Bookshop Memorial book on 15/12/12 http://t.co/9GeoVd7t
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Bomber Command is the second book in the Australians in World War II series, published by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA). Written by historian Dr Richard Reid, this book focuses on the Australians who flew with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in Bomber Command and tells the story of their training, their operational lives and their unique experiences following the German surrender.

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Lancaster bomber and fighters at Goodwood Airshow.

Lancaster bomber and fighters at Goodwood Airshow. | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
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A World War 2 Lancaster Bomber flies overhead at the Goodwood airshow. It is one of the few still airworthy and accompanied here by the Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes. Together they made up  'the few' that Winston Churchill referred to when he said "Never in the field of human history was so much owed by so many to so few". These planes and their ground and air crews played a significant role in saving Great Britain and the free world from a tyrannous regime in 1940-45.

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Their courage should never be forgotten - Bomber Command

Their courage should never be forgotten - Bomber Command | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it

Speaking at the Royal Albert Hall event, BBC newsreader and presenter of the evening's festivities Huw Edwards said: "Tonight we pay special tribute to the brave men of Bomber Command."

So many of these men were from Lincolnshire airfields and we, like Mr Mellor – who returns to our area every year to lay a wreath at the foot of the Elsham Wolds Memorial – should never forget their courage.

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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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'You will always be my hero'

'You will always be my hero' | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it
A time capsule filled with more than 1,000 messages and photos is dedicated in a ceremony at the Bomber Command memorial in central London.
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World War History Online - Bomber Command – Australians in World War II - Book Review

World War History Online - Bomber Command – Australians in World War II - Book Review | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it

In June the Australian Government’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs released a book called Bomber Command: Australians in World War II


Launched at the Australian War Memorial in the presence of three Bomber Command veterans, it’s DVA’s second book in a series looking at Australians and their experiences in World War II (the first looked at Greece and Crete). Dr Richard Reid, of the Department’s Commemorations Branch, was the author (though interestingly he is not credited on the front cover). A couple of weeks after the launch DVA gave a copy of the book to each of the Australian veterans who went to London for the opening of the Bomber Command memorial.

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Solved after 70 years: The mystery of the missing Lancaster bomber crew

Solved after 70 years: The mystery of the missing Lancaster bomber crew | 460 Squadron - Bomber Command: 1942-45 | Scoop.it

Until last week, nearly 70 years after the raid, the fate of ED427 was still a mystery. But now, thanks to an archaeological excavation in Germany, the truth of what happened can finally be told. 

The story that emerges from the German soil is a heart-wrenching tale not only of tragedy, but of incompetence and an unforgiveable bureaucratic slip-up which kept the families of the crew in the dark for decades.

A week after the raid, Wing Commander Johnson of 49 Squadron wrote to Bone’s mother, telling her ‘so far we have received no news of any kind, but you can be sure that as soon as any is received, it will be passed to you immediately’.

No concrete news was ever to come. According to Bone’s brother, Arthur ‘Alf’ Bone, 91, their mother suspected the worst. ‘I think she knew he had gone in her mind,’ he says, ‘and I think I did, too.’

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