I visited the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral today. The cathedral was a prominent landmark for many aircrew during the war. Within the cathedral is the Airmen's Chapel (the Chapel of St. Michael) which contains the Roll of Honour of 25, 611 aircrew who lost their lives between 1939 and 1945. The seven members of ED559 are recorded within the book. I was allowed to photograph the names of each crewman.
A remarkable recording of a Lancaster crew on the bomb run over Berlin and being attacked by a German night-fighter.
The recording, made by BBC correspondent Wynford Vaughan-Thomas, on the night of 3 September 1943, recorded live from a Lancaster bomber on a bombing raid. The BBC outside sound engineer was Reginald Pidsley
The Lancaster ED586, EM-F (F for Freddie) was from No. 207 Squadron Lancaster and piloted by Acting F/Lt Kenneth Harry Francis Letford 132892 RAFVR. They dropped their bombs at 23.28 at 20,000 ft. During the bomb run they were attacked by an unidentified enemy aircraft, which was claimed shot down by rear gunner Sgt Devenish and Mid Upper Gunner W/O Fieldhouse.
Came across this remarkable colour image of the Lancaster 'Admiral Prune' with sea mines in 1942. There are so few photographs of sea mines so it was especially interesting to see one in colour. For some reason Getty have inadvertently reversed the image.
Via a number of forums (for example, colour photographs of WW2 aircraft) and sites I have collated a number of colour photographs from the Second World War showing Lancasters in flight, being constructed and serviced and on various airfields.
As and when information is found I'll post to this blog.