Hendon's Lancaster - 137 combat sortie veteran

Avro Lancaster ‘S-for-Sugar’ carried out an incredible 137 combat sorties during World War Two and proudly thumbed its nose at Hermann Göring. Andrew Simpson and Nigel Price profile this Bomber Command veteran...

‘Queenie’, complete with ‘Devils of the Air’ nose art, and her crew at RAF Wyton shortly after June 25, 1943. Canadian airman Frederick J ‘Rickie’ Garvey, who flew the aircraft more than any other pilot (and was the first in Bomber Command to complete 60 trips without a break) is in the cockpit 

As war gripped the world in 1939, an overconfident Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring made a comment akin to: “No enemy aircraft will fly over the Reich territory”, so sure was he that his Luftwaffe controlled the skies over mainland Europe. Famously, the air force leader had to eat his words as the Allies hit target after target across Germany from May 1940 onwards. However, the Luftwaffe exacted a terrible price – more than 44% of Bomber Command’s aircrew were killed in action, while some 18,000 were wounded or taken prisoner. 

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