G for George" a Lancaster aircraft belonging to No. 460 Squadron RAAF Bomber Command. C58397
The Avro Lancaster B1, known with affection as "G for George", has a remarkable history. "G for George" flew ninety operational missions over Germany and occupied Europe during the height of the bomber offensive. From the time it was built in 1942 until its retirement from active service in 1944, the bomber was flown by No. 460 Squadron RAAF (when in Britain).
The plane has always been one of the most popular exhibits at the Australian War Memorial. After undergoing extensive restoration at the Australian War Memorial's Treloar Conservation workshops, it went back on display in Anzac Hall in "Striking by night", a permanent exhibition featuring a dramatic sound and light show that re-creates a night bombing operation over Berlin in December 1943. Three German Messerschmitt fighter aircraft also feature in the display.
- 'G for George' collection record
- Striking by night online exhibition
- Crew list
This document lists the names of those men who are known to have flown "G for George".
- Operational Record
"George", marked AR-G, was regarded as a "lucky" aircraft, returning from eighty nine bombing operations over Europe during 1942-44. However over thirty of its former crew members were killed when flying other aircraft.
- RAAF Museum: 460 Squadron history
Official war artist Stella Bowen painted this picture of a 460 Squadron Lancaster bomber crew in 1944. All but Flying Officer T.J. Lynch died during a night raid on Germany. C174730