An American friend of mine was passing through London yesterday so I took him to the Imperial War Museum (I don't need much of an excuse...). Had a great couple of hours going through the exhibits.
On the first floor is the forward fuselage of Lancaster Mk I DV732 'Old Fred' which flew with No. 467 Squadron RAAF as PO-F.
The rear of the fuselage gives a really good look at the wireless operator's position - where ED559's Australian W/Op Harry Riding would have been positioned. Just beyond this in the seat for the navigator (Errol Clifton). Unfortunately you can't get to look into the cockpit to see the skipper's (Richard Curle) and flight engineer's (David Hart) position clearly. From the front you get a good look at the bomb aimer's position (Charles Challoner).
I saw on a Facebook post today that the first stones for the Ribbon of Remembrance at the International Bomber Command Centre have been made. Remarkably, the stone I ordered was amongst the photos shared. Can't wait to see this in place at the centre one day.
More info on the Ribbon of Remembrance
As and when information is found I'll post to this blog.
|The last flight of Lancaster ED559|