44 Squadron Lancasters – September 1942

Header Image: Three Avro Lancaster B1s of 44 Sqn, based at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, flying in formation in daylight on 29th September 1942. From bottom to top: W4162 `KM-Y', flown by Plt Off Tom Hackney and his crew, W4125 `KM-W', captained by Sgt Colin Watt RAAF, and W4187 `KM-S', flown by Fg Off Jim Stephens DFC DFM.

This beautiful and rare colour photo of three 44 Squadron Lancasters flying in formation in daylight, taken 80 years ago this month on 29th September 1942, has become well known to Lancaster aficionados. In a startling example of the casualties suffered by RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War, all three of these Lancasters and two of their crews were subsequently lost.

BBMF Spitfire cockpit experience

Header Image: BBMF Spitfire cockpit experience winner John Hulance in the cockpit of Spitfire Mk IX MK356on 15th August 2022. (Photo: Clive Rowley)

The RAF Memorial Flight Official Club ballot prize for June was a ‘money cannot buy it’ opportunity of a Spitfire cockpit experience at the BBMF’s home at RAF Coningsby, the first time that we have been able to offer this as a prize since 2018. The lucky winner of this unique experience was long-standing Club member John Hulance from Bedfordshire.

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