night falls Avro Lancaster bombers head out over Lincoln
Cathedral on yet another highly dangerous mission over enemy
territory. Avro Lancaster aircraft first entered service
in 1941, normally with a crew of seven whose average age
was 22. With a top speed of 287mph and ability to carry
a massive bomb load of 22,000lbs, Lancasters proved a formidable
as well as reliable aircraft, one held in the highest regard
by its young, though highly motivated crews.
increasingly capable aircraft like the Avro Lancaster, a
great deal was asked of Bomber Command crews and their aircraft,
resulting in substantial losses. Of the 7373 Lancasters
built 3677 were lost. From the over 125,000 involved in
Bomber Command during the war 55,573 were killed, 8,000
wounded and 10,000 became prisoners of war. To all these
brave men we owe a great debt of gratitude for their bravery.
aircraft depicted in Philip West's latest edition is The
Phantom of the Ruhr. The ‘Phantom’ first flew
operationally with 100 Squadron in June 1943. She left the
Squadron in November with 30 operations recorded on her
side and in that same month she was transformed to the newly
formed 550 Squadron at North Killingholme. On the 5th September
1944 she became the first Avro Lancaster of 550 Squadron
to reach 100 missions and on the 21st November she flew
her last sortie with the Squadron, her incredible record
stands at 121 operational sorties and 830 operational flying
hours. As a testament to the bravery of all Bomber Command
Aircrew the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster
carries the codes of the Phantom of the Ruhr.
Every print in the edition is signed in pencil by the artist
Philip West and The Primary Edition prints are signed by the
pilot Ron Clark. The Artist Proofs and Remarques are also
signed by ‘Lish’ Easby, plus Two further Lancaster
Primary Edition has been signed by the artist and Ronald Clark
Ronald Clark DFC volunteered for flying duties
in 1941 and after interviews completed initial training in
Paignton. A flying grading course followed at Kingstown near
Carlisle surprisingly near my family, before being sent as
“Ambassadors” for Britain across the Atlantic
to be trained by the USAAF. After more initial training to
learn the American way, not a bad way, we embarked on the
flying training and after receiving the silver wings, the
next port of call was Bournemouth in a hotel which shortly
afterwards was demolished by the Luftwaffe. Several courses
preceded our arrival at Lindholme heavy conversion unit before
joining the “Battle of the Ruhr” with No 100 Squadron
based at Waltham near Grimsby. My crew and I were assigned
a brand new Lancaster III EE139 which we almost did for on
our twenty-fourth trip with her to Manheim, but she went on
to complete 120 operations before being unceremoniously scrapped.
Little did we think that over 60 years later she would be
“recalled to life” by the Battle of Britain
Memorial Flight. After a period of instructing I was then
posted to No 7 Sqdn for deployment to the Far East, which
was stymied by the dropping of the atomic bomb, I did a lot
more instructing before applying for a secondment to BOAC.
Artist Proofs are signed by the artist and Ronald
Clark DFC (Pilot), Lishman Y. Easby (Wireless
Operator), Flt. Lt. Joe Petrie-Andrews DFC
DFM (Pilot), Sqn. Ldr. Lawrence “Benny”
Goodman (Pilot. 617 Sqn)
Y. Easby (Wireless Operator) joined the
RAF in 1941 after service in the Home Guard. He was selected
for training as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner but after training
as a W/Op he was posted to Coastal Command 159Gp HQ, Liverpool,
and served in 1942 as a ground wireless operator. Later in
the year he was called for training as a W/op (air) which
was followed by an air-gunner course. Following this he was
posted to an Operational Training Unit and joined Ron Clark
and his crew as a W/op (on 4 engined aircraft – the
two jobs were separate). The crew were later posted for further
training, first on Halifax and then on Lancasters; then posted
to 100 Sqn, Waltham, near Grimsby, where they were given a
brand new Lancaster which they named the “Phantom of
the Ruhr”. Their Flight Engineer, Harold Bennett DFM
painted its name and insignia on the nose of the aircraft.
The same name today adorns the Lancaster which flies as part
of the “Battle of Britain Memorial Flight”. In
the Phantom they completed 21 ops to Germany and two to Italy,
after which the Phantom was taken in for extensive repairs
due to enemy damage. The crew completed a further four ops
which then completed their tour. For their 27th op the crew
were transferred to 625 Sqn Kelstern (Lincs) which turned
out to be their final operation and they were then disbanded.
Lishman Easby was then posted to OTU near Shrewsbury to help
with the training of new crews. Later he was posted to 298
Sqn Transport Command with another pilot (Ian Forbes) and
crew where they received training in towing Horsa Gliders
in preparation for an airborne attack on Singapore. However,
the war ended suddenly and the Sqn was posted to India and
eventually to Burma to take part in “Operation Hunger”.
This entailed dropping sacks of rice on isolated villages
thus saving them from famine. This ended his service and he
was released from service in 1946. He agreed to his name being
held in reserve as a “Minute Man” until aged 45.
During this time he could be called back in an emergency for
immediate service. However, this never happened.
Lt. Joe Petrie-Andrews DFC DFM (Pilot) joined the
RAF at “about 14 or 15 years of age.” Rejecting
the opportunity to become a bomb-aimer, Joe was determined
to pester the RAF until they would accept him on a pilot’s
training course. Flying mainly Lancaster and Halifax aircraft,
Joe joined 158 and 35 Squadron’s, and later became part
of the Pathfinder Force. During an operation to bomb Cannes
in southern France on 11th November 1943, Joe’s (aged
only 19) Halifax was badly shot up, forcing him to ditch the
aircraft in the Mediterranean, where he and the crew spent
three days in a dingy before being rescued; for this operation
Joe was awarded an ‘immediate’ DFC. He completed
68 operations, 60 before his 20th birthday on 11/7/1944.
Ldr. Lawrence “Benny” Goodman (Pilot. 617 Sqn)
volunteered for aircrew at 18 years of age and was
called up in 1940. After basic training he went to RAF Abingdon
– a Whitley O.T.U – for what he was told would
be ‘straight through’ training. This did not materialise
and he found himself in the role of a Ground Gunner. In 1941,
a posting eventually came through to the Initial Training
Wing followed by Elementary Flying School at Peterborough
and an instructor’s course at Woodley, Reading; then
to Clyffe Pyparde, a holding unit. A sea journey to Canada
followed and Service Flying Training School on Ansons. On
completion he was posted to Kingston, Ontario, to instruct
Acting Leading Naval Airmen on the Royal Navy tactics of the
time. e.g. jinking after take off, dive bombing etc. “However,
I had to learn everything first, so I was just about one step
ahead of the students! said Benny. Eventually returning to
the UK and O.T.U. on Wellingtons at Silverstone and Heavy
Conversion Bomber Unit at Swinderby on Stirlings. Then a short
course at the Lancaster Conversion Unit. After an interview
Benny and his crew were surprised and delighted to find they
had been selected for 617 Squadron – this was in 1944
and they stayed together as a crew on 617 Squadron until the
war in Europe ended. He completed 30 missions – all
with William “Jock” Burnett as his flight engineer.
Notable raids Benny took part in were on the Tirpitz (29/10/44),
dropping the Grand Slam 22,000 bomb on the Arnsberg Viaduct
(19/03/45) and the attack on Berchtesgarten ‘Eagles
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