Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF)
BBMF Honours Aussies
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is to honour the 20,000 Australian aircrew who served with RAF Bomber Command during World War II. Of those, no fewer than 3,486 lost their lives.
The BBMF’s Avro Lancaster is having its port side painted in the markings of 460 Squadron RAAF Lancaster W5005/AR-L (‘L for Leader’), complete with its ‘Kangaroo in Wellington Boots playing the bagpipes’ nose art (illustrated). The art was added to the aircraft after it had completed its 30th operation in September 1943.
460 Squadron was established in England in November 1941, equipped with Vickers Wellingtons. Based initially at Molesworth and later Binbrook, the squadron received its first Lancasters in October 1942 and they were subsequently flown mostly against Berlin and heavily defended targets in the Ruhr Valley.
W5005 was delivered to 460 Squadron in May 1943 and remained with it for a year – completing 44 operations including four to Italy – before being transferred to 550 Squadron RAF. It survived until August 1944 when it was ditched in the Humber Estuary while returning from a mission to Kiel.
The starboard side of the BBMF Lancaster is being painted to represent LL922/VN-T of 50 Squadron RAF.