"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).

G for George is currently not on display in the galleries, but housed at our storage and conservation facility; Treloar Technology Centre.

G for George will return as the centrepiece of an enhanced permanent exhibition on Australians in Bomber Command.


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

Further Information

    •  'G for George' collection record
    • 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.

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