Overall size: 20” x 14”
By Philip E West
After another long, dangerous mission this Lancaster is limping home flak
damaged, past the windmill at Cley-next-the-Sea.
Signed by two Lancaster bomber pilots.
Plus Eight other WWII Air and ground crew
25 Presentation Prints in this Edition £175.00
Presentation Prints are also signed by Richard Todd and Eight former WW2 air and ground crew.
Flt. Lt. Phil Ainley DFC
Phil was 15 when war was declared on the 3rd September 1939. He had always wanted to be a pilot and the only way to do this was to join the RAF or the RAF Volunteer Reserve.
However, he couldn’t join until he was 17 and so he took up an engineering apprenticeship.
When Phil tried to join up again he was told he couldn’t because he was in a reserved occupation.
Phil finally joined the RAF in November 1941 when he opted for aircrew as this was the only way he could get out of his apprenticeship.
However, he couldn’t start his flying training until he was 17½.
Flt. Lt. Ronald Homes DFC (Pilot)
Flt. Lt. Ronald Homes DFC (Pilot) joined the RAF in March 1942 and after initial training, went to Terrell, Texas, USA for his flying training, where he gained his wings in May 1943.
He returned to the UK and joined the Special Operations No. 101 Sqdn. in May 1944, going on to complete 32 Ops. over Europe. After his bombing tour he converted onto Dakotas, joined No. 238 Sqdn.
and flew out to India and Burma, then on to Australia and the South Pacific.
After the Japanese surrender he joined 1315 Flight and flew up to Japan with the occupation forces.
The following men have signed only the Presentation, editions of “Lancaster Legend”.
Richard Todd OBE. Former WW2 paratrooper and actor who portrayed Guy Gibson so brilliantly in the legendary “Dam Busters” film.
Harold Roddis. Flight Mechanic on the 617 Squadron Dambuster aircraft.
Jim Brookbank. Bomb Aimer 9 Squadron.
Ted Cachart. WOP 49 Squadron, POW and youngest (15) WOP in RAF.
J. Bain. DFC AE WOP/AG 44 & 49 Squadrons. 54 ops.
Geoff Brunton 49 Squadron
Jim Inward DFC Flt. Eng. 35 & 76 Squadrons (first tour 25 ops.) and 578 Squadron, 22 Ops.
Jim Auton MBE Nav/Air Bomber on Liberators based in Italy. Took part in the air-bridge to Warsaw, Poland. Bombed the Ploesti, Rumanian oilfields.
Peter Bond Bombaimer 100 & 156 Pathfinder squadrons.