The last flight of 617 Sqn Lancaster ‘Dark Victor’

In the first of a new series, aviation artist Mark Postlethwaite GAvA describes the events that inspired one of his dramatic artworks

’The Last Flight Of Dark Victor’ by Mark Postlethwaite GAvA. www.posart.com
Flt Lt Don Cheney DFC.
ALL VIA AUTHOR
Avro Lancaster B.III JB139 KC-V ‘Dark Victor’.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a fascination with the Avro Lancaster and 617 Squadron. Probably inspired by seeing The Dam Busters film at an early age and certainly by Eric Coates’ stirring music, most of my school drawing books had ‘AJ’ coded Lancs in them somewhere!

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