William Walters Story
photograph was taken of the first Lancaster crew when they had
joined 57 Squadron at East Kirby, Lincolnshire, before their
people of Britain realised that the gathering dark clouds of
war loomed ever closer as Hitler refused to withdraw his troops
from Poland in 1939.
Broadcasting to a very anxious nation on
Sunday, September 3rd 1939, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
clearly indicated that war was imminent. The eventual conflict
would encompass the globe and become the Second World War.
|In every city,
town, and village of Britain, Canada, America, New Zealand, Australia,
South Africa, and through-out
the commonwealth countries, hundreds of thousands of young men
would rally to the cause of freedom and enlist in the Armed Forces...
The British Army, Royal Navy, Merchant Navy, and the Royal
Air Force... in a fight against Hitler and Fascism. They
would join together in a fight
for the freedom of mankind, and would in their own brave and
courageous way become heroes and heroines to the country that
This story is one of many that can be told, of a young man and
the crew of a Lancaster Bomber that flew on missions over occupied Europe,
crews of these many aircraft were young “boys” and
the aircraft that they flew in would either carry them to their
glory or their death…as they heroically faced the enemy
in the skies above England and Europe.
These boys in the innocence of youth… would soon become men to the
horrors of war.
over the south East coast of England.
|The Air Ministry
was now searching for new designs in aircraft, ones that would
be able to take on the massive German Air Force the Luftwaffe… and
Command and Bomber Command were determined to build the most
powerful, fast and deadliest fighter aircraft and long-range
heavy bombers. So it was paramount to find the most brilliant
aircraft designers in Britain, once these were found plans
were drawn up to design the many forms of aircraft that were
now to be built and commissioned by the Royal Air Force in
their fight for air supremacy.