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069824

Image copyright: Copyright expired - public domain,
Public Domain Mark This image is in the Public Domain

ID number 069824
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original acetate
Place made United Kingdom: England, Lincolnshire, Binbrook
Date made 27 November 1943

Description

413528 Warrant Officer (WO) Harold George 'Cherry' Carter, Pilot, at the controls of G George Avro Lancaster B1 Bomber (W4783), 460 Squadron RAAF at Binbrook Air Station. G George flew a confirmed 89 operations, these operations were recorded by pilots and crews on the fuselage of the bomber, this is referred to as the Bomblog. Bomber crews used specific symbols to record who flew particular operations. Visible on G george's bomblog are Cherries the symbol 'Cherry' Carter and crew; Saint figures refer to 403380 Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) James Alexander 'The Saint' Saint-Smith who was killed during a flying battle over Belgium on 29 June 1944; Red stripes refer to Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) Jack Murray; Blue 'V' refers to 412810 FO (later Flight Lietenant) James Robert Henderson, RAAF, awarded Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Companion of Disquished Service Order (DSO). Also appearing on the side of the bomblog are Medal Ribbons awarded to George by crew members as unofficial awards after 30 completed operations, visible are the Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM) and the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM).