Avro Lancaster was designed from the outset to build a bomber
capable of reaching the heartland of the enemy. Put this
together with Rolls Royce Merlin engines, and a superlative
aircraft was born. No less than 59 Bomber Command units
saw active service with the Avro Lancaster, flying 156,000
sorties. Some 7377 aircraft were built by six factories
producing five different variants of the Avro Lancaster.
Here is a typical wartime scene. Avro Lancaster's from 35
Squadron are being prepared for yet another Pathfinder mission,
with the ground crew busy servicing, rearming and refuelling
Every print in the edition is signed in pencil by the artist
Philip West and by a former Avro Lancaster pilot. Both the
Artist Proofs and Remarque Editions are also signed by two
additional Avro Lancaster pilots, including a 35 squadron
Primary Edition has been signed by the artist and Flt Lt Phil
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
Artist Proof and Remarque editions have also been signed by
the artist and Flt. Lt. Joe Petrie-Andrews DFC DFM and Sqn.
Ldr. Lawrence “Benny” Goodman
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
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
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! said Benny.
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.
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).
numbered certificate of authenticity included.
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signed by the artist, having a stated limit to the quantity
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In the early days of printing, these prints were the only
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