famous aircraft was typical of, and ultimately came
to symbolize, the men and machines of Royal Air Force
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. The mighty Lancaster, the mainstay of RAF Bomber
Command, crewed by volunteers from Britain, Australia,
Canada, New Zealand, Rhodesia, South Africa, and many
other nations opposed to Nazi rule, flew day and night
sorties whenever there was a chance of reaching the
target. Their unflinching courage, and selfless devotion
to duty paved the way for the D-Day invasion, and
the ultimate liberation of Nazi occupied Europe. Embellished
with Goering'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, Frankfurt, 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,
often limping back riddled with flak and bullet holes,
occasionally on three engines, and once all the way
back from the German capital with a badly damaged
wing following a mid-air collision over the target.
Taylor's emotive painting shows S for Sugar on the
morning of 27th April, 1944 after her 95th sortie
- a raid 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. Already the weary crews begin
their informal debriefing. By the war's end this trusty
bomber had completed no fewer than 137 operations
over enemy territory, bringing her crew home every
time. Now magnificently restored to her former glory,
S for Sugar resides in the RAF Museum at Hendon, providing
a lasting tribute to the gallant men of RAF Bomber
Signed by FOUR distinguished pilots who flew with RAF Bomber
Command during World War Two
Marshal of the
Royal Air Force SIR MICHAEL BEETHAM
Squadron Leader TONY IVESON
Fl Lieutenant HARRY HUGHES
Fl Lieutenant JOHN PETRIE-ANDREWS
RAF BOMBER COMMAND EDITION
by a total of TEN Pilots and crew from RAF Bomber Command
1939 - 45
In addition to
RAF Aircrew Edition Signatures
Air Marshal SIR JOHN CURTISS
Sqdn Leader E. GRAY WARD
Sqdn Leader \"MAC\" HAMILTON
Sqdn Leader REG LEWIS
The Lord MACKIE of BENSHIE
Sqdn Leadrer HARRY WRIGHT
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