We (BBMF) thought that this would be a timely release of the new twin-markings of PA474 for Australia Day in honour of our commonwealth friends.
When BBMF Lancaster PA474 returns from its major servicing it will be painted in a new livery. The port (left-hand) side of PA474 will represent Lancaster BIII W5005 ‘AR-L’ “Leader” of 460 (Royal Australian Air Force) Squadron, with its nose art of a kangaroo in wellington boots playing bagpipes reflecting the mixed nationalities of the crew: Scottish, Welsh and Australian. The ‘bomb log’ on the nose will show a ‘snapshot in time’ at the point just after the 30th successful operation flown by W5005, to Munich on 6th September 1943. W5005 eventually completed 94 operations before ditching in the Humber on 27th August 1944, after having been transferred to 550 Squadron.
The starboard (right-hand side) of PA474 will wear the 50 Squadron code letters ‘VN-T’ representing Lancaster LL922 in which Flying Officer ‘Dougy’ Millikin (grandfather of the current OC BBMF, Andy ‘Milli’ Millikin) and his wireless operator John Tait, who is still alive, flew 33 operations together. The starboard side of the Lancaster’s nose will retain the coat of arms and name of The City of Lincoln.
Thanks to Chris Sandham-Bailey (www.inkworm.com) for the use of his artwork.