DavecUK I thought about my Dad, who was flight engineer in Lancaster Bombers. Always a sad day for me.
Grew up near a De Havilland factory outside Chester. Went to an open day where an Avro Lancaster flew in. I remember being allowed to climb on board. Even as a 10 yr old, I was struck by how claustrophobic it seemed inside especially crawling down to the tail gunner’s position. Life expectancy of a new recruit was two weeks and overall crew losses during the war were 44%. Average age of crew was 21yrs. What a sacrifice.