final preparations are underway before these Avro Lancaster
bombers leave for yet another mission over Occupied Europe.
Along with other Bomber Command aircraft, the Avro Lancaster
took the battle to the enemy. Despite sustaining heavy losses,
Bomber Command aircrew at all times showed great skill,
courage and sense of duty, until ultimately ensuring the
freedom we all enjoy today.
Every print in the entire edition is signed and numbered in
pencil by the artist Philip West and countersigned by Sqn.
Ldr. Lawrence “Benny” Goodman (617 Sqn)
Artist Proofs and Remarque Editions
Artist Proofs and Remarque editions are additionally signed
by Flt. Lt. Joe Petrie-Andrews DFC DFM, Flt Lt Phil Ainley
DFC, Ronald Clark DFC (Pilot), Flt Lt Russell (Rusty) Waughman
Ldr. Lawrence “Benny” Goodman (617 Sqn)
volunteered for aircrew at 18 years of age and was called
up in 1940. After basic training he went to RAF Abingdon -
a Whitley O.T.U - for what he was told would be straight
through training. This did not materialise and he found himself
in the role of a Ground Gunner. In 1941, a posting eventually
came through to the Initial Training Wing followed by Elementary
Flying School at Peterborough and an instructor's course at
Woodley, Reading; then to Clyffe Pyparde, a holding unit.
A sea journey to Canada followed and Service Flying Training
School on Ansons. On completion he was posted to Kingston,
Ontario, to instruct Acting Leading Naval Airmen on the Royal
Navy tactics of the time. e.g. jinking after take off, dive
bombing etc. “However, I had to learn everything first,
so I was just about one step ahead of the students!”
Eventually returning to the UK and O.T.U. on Wellingtons at
Silverstone and Heavy Conversion Bomber Unit at Swinderby
on Stirlings. Then a short course at the Lancaster Conversion
Unit. After an interview Benny and his crew were surprised
and delighted to find they had been selected for 617 Squadron
- this was in 1944 and they stayed together as a crew
on 617 Squadron until the war in Europe ended.
He completed 30 missions - all with William “Jock”
Burnett as his flight engineer. Notable raids Benny took part
in were on the Tirpitz (29/10/44), dropping the Grand Slam
22,000 bomb on the Arnsberg Viaduct (19/03/45) and the attack
on Berchtesgarten Eagles Nest (25/05/45).
Flt. Lt. Joe Petrie-Andrews DFC DFM joined
the RAF at about 14 or 15 years of age. Rejecting the opportunity
to become a bomb-aimer, Joe was determined to pester the RAF
until they would accept him on a pilot's training course.
Flying mainly Lancaster and Halifax aircraft, Joe joined 158
and 35 Squadron's, and later became part of the Pathfinder
Force. During an operation to bomb Cannes in southern France
on 11th November 1943, Joe's (aged only 19) Halifax was badly
shot up, forcing him to ditch the aircraft in the Mediterranean,
where he and the crew spent three days in a dingy before being
rescued; for this operation Joe was awarded an immediate DFC.
He completed 68 operations, 60 before his 20th birthday on
Lt Phil Ainley DFC was accepted for aircrew training
in February 1942 at the age of 17½ years. He was selected
for pilot training and was sent to the United States Naval
Aviation base in Pensecola. After gaining his United States
Navy wings on completion of his Catalina flying boat course,
he was commissioned and returned to the UK. Following retraining
on land planes, he eventually joined No. 57 Lancaster squadron
in May 1944. The squadron was heavily engaged in attacking
both French flying bomb sites, the build up to D Day and German
industrial targets. One sortie to Konigsberg necessitated
flying for 11 hours 10 minutes, whilst another was to drop
mines in the Stettin canal from 250 feet. For this last sortie
Flt Lt Ainley was awarded an immediate DFC. He completed his
operational tour of 33 sorties in October 1944, having flown
all this time with the same crew with the exception of a replacement
flight engineer. On completing a course at the Bomber Command
Instructors School, he became a flying instructor in Bomber
Clark DFC (Pilot) volunteered for flying duties in
1941 and after interviews completed initial training in Paignton.
A flying grading course followed at Kingstown near Carlisle
surprisingly near my family, before being sent as “Ambassadors”
for Britain across the Atlantic to be trained by the USAAF.
After more initial training to learn the American way, not
a bad way, we embarked on the flying training and after receiving
the silver wings, the next port of call was Bournemouth in
a hotel which shortly afterwards was demolished by the Luftwaffe.
Several courses preceded our arrival at Lindholme heavy conversion
unit before joining the “Battle of the Ruhr” with
No 100 Squadron based at Waltham near Grimsby. My crew and
I were assigned a brand new Lancaster III EE139 which we almost
did for on our twenty-fourth trip with her to Manheim, but
she went on to complete 120 operations before being unceremoniously
scrapped. Little did we think that over 60 years later she
would be “recalled to life” by the Battle of Britain
Memorial Flight. After a period of instructing I was then
posted to No 7 Sqdn for deployment to the Far East, which
was stymied by the dropping of the atomic bomb, I did a lot
more instructing before applying for a secondment to BOAC.
Lt Russell (Rusty) Waughman DFC, AFC, (Pilot) volunteered
for the RAF in 1941. After training in Canada, he qualified
as a heavy bomber pilot. In November 1943 he was posted to
No 101(Special Duties) Squadron at Ludford Magna. He completed
a tour of operations, which began during the Battle of Berlin,
where they did several operations. Surviving a mid-air collision,
only to write the aircraft off on landing, Rusty and his crew
on a subsequent flight had a miraculous escape when their
aircraft was blown upside down, over the target, at Mailly-le-Camp;
they also survived the Nuremberg raid on 30th March 1944,
when 97 aircraft were lost - including about one quarter
of 101 sqn strength that night.
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