Friday, August 23, 2013

Aug

23

1943

Bomber Command crews are briefed for Berlin

Pilots and ground personnel airfield taking pictures against a background of an Avro Lancaster W4364 Billie from 103 2nd Squadron of the Royal Air Force. W4364 became the first Lancaster to compleat 50 successful sortie's over occupied Europe. Airpfield in in Lincolnshire.
taken: 23.08.1943

Sadly W4364 was lost on a raid to Nurnberg just 4 days later. W4364 was delivered to 103 Squadron at RAF Elsham Wolds in October 1942. She carried the code PM-D2 and was a B MkI produced by AV Roe (Chadderton).

Two hours later, the main brieng hall was packed. This time the gunners, wireless operators and flight engineers were in the big room. The wing commander, a billiard cue in his right hand, traced on the map the course and heights they were to fly at, the estimated time of arrival at their turning points. He told them — and there was a sigh of relief at his words — that twenty minutes before they crossed the enemy coast 22 aircraft from the OTUs would make a dummy feint a hundred miles from their landfall.