Original spinner plugs with swastikas : Avro Lancaster Mk I Bomber 'G for George'

Accession Number RELAWM31788.260
Collection type Technology
Object type Technology
Physical description Rubber
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made c 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Pair of black rubber spinner plugs with painted red Nazi German swastikas just visible under the yellow and black surface. Each swastika measures 45mm height by 45mm width.

History / Summary

These rubber plugs covered the very tips of the propeller spinners on George. Avro Lancaster bombers were equipped with four Rolls Royce or Packard Merlin engines. These plugs are very significant in that they reveal unique markings on George that were unknown until conservation and restoration of George by Memorial staff in the late 1990's and early 2000s. The significance of these swastikas is not known. Allied aircraft often painted these markings on their aircraft to indicate victories over German aircraft, though in this case that is unlikely.