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Heyday by Steve Gibbs.
The retirement of the mighty Vulcan from the Royal Air Force with all its attendant publicity tends to make us forget the heady days when even the smaller At Home or Station Air Day could rely on the Vulcan as one of its star attractions. In this picture artist Steve Gibbs has tried to create something of that simple carnival atmosphere of the provincial show by showing the scene at an Open Day at RAF Swinderby in Lincolnshire during the early 1980s. Avro Vulcan B2 XM575 does a dramatic touch-and-go in front of the distinctive hangers of the well-known former airfield. As the pilot applies full power, the smoke from the Olympus engines begins to build as the magnificent delta thunders into the air to demonstrate its astounding agility to a totally enthralled crowd of onlookers.
Wellington Mk X Bombers from 104 Squadron Royal Air Force based at Foggia in Italy make a night raid on the Messerschmitt factory at Steyr in Austria on 24/25th February 1944. The raid was by way of a follow-up to the USAAF daylight raid of earlier that day which left the factory badly damaged. Of the 36 Wellingtons that took off from Foggia, only these two found the target. Others, using captured Italian maps later found to be in error, were unable to navigate accurately. Six aircraft were lost in the Alps through flying into mountains where their captured maps indicated incorrect heights. The depicted aircraft, flown by Canadian Flg Off Fred Ashbaugh and navigated by the late Flg Off Dennis Wilburn, returned safely to Foggia after the successful mission.
Little attention is given to the role played by agents and resistance workers in the success of the D-Day landings. Inspired by the stories of one such agent, this picture depicts him being lifted from a field near Paris in May 1944 and returned to England. The Lysander will fly at tree-top level all the way home and eventually land at Tempsford in Bedfordshire, England. After a thorough briefing the Lysander will return to occupied France to co-ordinate sabotage against the transport network and disruption of communications to hamper the enemy efforts to bring reinforcements against the landing grounds and beaches.