BAND OF BROTHERS - Part 1 Royal Air Force Bomber Command
One famous aircraft was typical of, and ultimately came to symbolise, the men and machines of Bomber Command. Flying initially with 83 Squadron Pathfinder Force, then 467 Squadron RAAF, Avro Lancaster serial number R5868, call sign S For Sugar, took part in almost every major attack on Germany between the Summer of 1942 and the end of hostilities. With the life expectancy of a new Lancaster being just a few months, it was a miracle she survived the war.
Embellished with Goring's infamous quotation "No enemy plane will fly over the Reich territory", S For Sugar took her bombs to Berlin, Hamburg, Schweinfurt, Bremen, Hanover, Wurzburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Franfurt, Dusseldorf and other prime targets, flying the second greatest number of operational sorties of any bomber in the Command. Time and again, Sugar brought her crew home, ofter limping back riddled with flak and bullet holes and once all the way from Berlin with a badly damaged wing following a mid-air collision over the target.
Robert's emotive painting shows S For Sugar on the morning of 27th April 1944 after her 95th sortie - a riad on the ball-bearing factory at Schweinfurt. As the battle-scarred bomber taxies in at RAF Waddington, other 467 Squadron Lancasters follow, heading for their dispersal points. By the wars end this trusty bomber had completed no fewer than 137 ops over enemy territory, bringing her crew home every time.
Now magnificently restored to her former glory, S For Sugar resides at the RAF Museum at Hendon, providing a lasting tribute to the gallant men of Bomber Command.
This Edition is Signed by TEN distinguished aircrew who flew with Bomber Command:-
Sir Michael BEETHAM - 57 Squadron
Squadron Leader Tony IVESON - 617 Squadron
Flight Lt. Harry HUGHES - 692 Squadron LNSF 8PFF Group
Flight Lt. John PETRIE_ANDREWS - 35 Squadron PFF
Air Marshall Sir John CURTIS - 158 Squadron
Squadron Leader E. GRAY WARD - 617 Squadron
Squadron Leader 'Mac' HAMILTON - 617 Squadron
Squadron Leader Reg LEWIS - 138 (Special Duties) Squadron
The Lord Mackie of BENSHIE - 115 Squadron
Squadron Leader Harry WRIGHT - 35 Squadron PFF
The Print Measures 30.5 x 23.5 Inches
I have one Copy in Mint Condition with CoA and Brochure