Jump to content
  • Welcome to Recreational Flying!
    A compelling community experience for all aviators
    Intuitive, Social, Engaging...Registration is FREE.
    Register Log in
Phil Perry

Another Lancaster snippet

Recommended Posts

Avro Lancaster B Mark III, ED724 'PM-M', of No. 103 Squadron RAF pauses on the flarepath at Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire, before taking off for a raid on Duisburg, Germany, during the Battle of the Ruhr. Three searchlights (called 'Sandra' lights), two of which are visible on the left, form a cone to indicate the height of the cloud base for the departing aircraft.


Thumbnail

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

And we give thanks that we don't have to be doing that..............

  • Agree 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Phil, if she's loaded, that's a lot of pressure in those tyres???

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Too few people today realise the courage these WW2 airmen exhibited, on a constant basis - to take off, often well overloaded, into the night, and often into dreadful weather, with minimal guidance, and with the knowledge that often a quarter or a third of their flight wouldn't return. I often wonder if any of todays Instagram/selfie generation would ever be able to produce those levels of courage. I personally doubt it.

  • Agree 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
On 8 July 2019 at 12:29 PM, onetrack said:

Too few people today realise the courage these WW2 airmen exhibited, on a constant basis - to take off, often well overloaded, into the night, and often into dreadful weather, with minimal guidance, and with the knowledge that often a quarter or a third of their flight wouldn't return. I often wonder if any of todays Instagram/selfie generation would ever be able to produce those levels of courage. I personally doubt it.

Good point, OT. They sure were a courageous generation.

A few years ago I saw evidence that some of our young people carry on that tradition. 

I was at a friend's place to help move stock out of the way of a large bushfire. Water bombers had made several runs over us as the blaze swept up a nearby hillside.

Two large Rural Fire Service vehicles lumbered down from the fire front. Out climbed a group of local young girls and boys- weary, blackened and sweating from a day battling the fire. I felt immense pride in these young kids; they are little different to the young people climbing out of a Lanc. after a night over Gernany.

 

Edited by Old Koreelah
  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later for your post to be seen If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...