One of the very few Lancasters to complete 100 missions, UL-I (I-Item) of 576 Sqn returns over a snow-capped landscape to
RAF Fiskerton after another gruelling mission to Germany during the winter of 1944-45.
Of the 7,377 Lancasters built during the war, only a tiny fraction managed to complete more than 100 missions. It is perhaps not surprising given the average life expectancy of a new bomber joining an operational squadron was no more than a couple of months.
The outlook for the crews was almost as bleak, Bomber Command casualty rates were appalling:
Of the 125,000 men who served 55,573 were killed, 8,403 were wounded whilst another 9,838 were captured and taken prisoner. All things considered perhaps it’s no wonder that the 35 Lancasters to achieve the 100 mission target were considered ‘lucky’.
Overall size: 19¼" x 26½"
Available in the following editions
Signed by two Lancaster aircrew who flew with 576 squadron.
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