ON A WING AND A PRAYER

Not many people have found themselves inverted over occupied Europe in a fourengined heavy bomber and lived to tell the tale. Now in his mid-90s, Avro Lancaster pilot Russell ‘Rusty’ Waughman DFC AFC Ld’H recalls his wartime experiences with No 101 Squadron

This image of a No 101 Squadron Lancaster on the Bremen raid demonstrates just one of the perils that crews faced over the target area, with bombs often falling in close proximity to those aircraft at lower altitudes in the bomber stream. VIA GRAHAM FINCH

12 May 1949 The Soviets lift the Berlin blockade. The RAF’s airlift contribution has involved 49,733 flights — carried out by Dakotas (right), Yorks, Sunderlands and the new Handley Page Hastings — carrying 281,727 tonnes of freight to Berlin, as well as67,373 passengers. To build up the city’s stockpiles, airlift flights continue until October.

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