1940 - 1st landplanes to be ferried across the Atlantic by air, are seven Lockheed Hudsons, flown from Gander in Newfoundland, Canada to Aldergrove in Northern Ireland by aircrew of the Atlantic Ferry Organisation (ATFERO). Militarised version of Lockheed Vega. Light bomber, Coastal Command Patrol Aircraft, Search & Rescue aircraft when fitted with dropable whaler; & sometime torpedo & anti shipping/submarine aircraft.
Bomber Command memorial: The RAF bombers of the Second World War - Manhandling a 4000lb bomb on its trolley in front of a Vickers Wellington III of 419 Squadron RCAF, RAF Mildenhall May 1942 Picture: Charles E Brown
The Bomber Command Memorial, unveiled June 2012, commemorates 55,573 who died serving in Bomber Command during WWII. Located in Green Park along Piccadilly (closest tube, Hyde Park Corner). The Bomber Command Memorial was designed by architect Liam O'Connor & built using Portland stone. Within the memorial are the bronze sculptures of a Bomber Command aircrew.
Members of No. 106 Squadron RAF, including their Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Guy Gibson (standing middle, front row), celebrate on their return to Coningsby, Lincolnshire, from the 'Thousand Bomber' raid on Cologne, Germany. The Squadron's Avro Manchesters, in the course of replacement by Lancasters at this time, are parked off the perimeter track in the background.
30th May 1942: RAF launch the first 1000 bomber raid