"G For George" Avro Lancaster

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.

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

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