The damaged fuselage and mid-upper turret of Avro Lancaster B Mark I, R5700 ‘ZN-G’, of No. 106 Squadron RAF based at Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire, after crash-landing at Hardwick, Norfolk, following an attack by a German fighter over Essen. R5700, was among 60 aircraft taking part in one of the first “Oboe” raids on Essen, on the night of 13/14 January 1943, when it was twice attacked by a Focke Wulf Fw 190 “Wilde Sau” night-fighter shortly after bombing the target

The damaged fuselage and mid-upper turret of Avro Lancaster B Mark I, 'ZN-G', of No. 106 Squadron RAF based at Elsham Wolds, Lincolnsh.

The battle of the Ruhr hots up. An 8,000-lb HC bomb (‘super cookie’) is brought by tractor to a waiting Avro Lancaster of No. 106 Squadron RAF in its dispersal at Syerston, Nottinghamshire. The target on this particular night was Stuttgart, Germany.

The battle of the Ruhr hots up. An HC bomb (‘super cookie’) is brought by tractor to a waiting Avro Lancaster of No. 106 Squadron RAF in its dispersal at Syerston, Nottinghamshire. The target on this particular night was Stuttgart, Germany.

Guy Gibson (centre) during his time as OC 106 Sqn, with John Searby to the left and Peter Ward-Hunt. Searby flew as Master Bomber on the August 1943 Peenemunde Raid - - RAF - Dambusters

WWII Guy Gibson (centre) during his time as OC 106 Sqn, with John Searby to the left and Peter Ward-Hunt. Searby flew as Master Bomber on the August 1943 Peenemunde Raid - RAF - Dambusters.

106 squadron Lancaster aircrew at RAF Syerston after raiding Genoa, October 1942.

Aircrew of No. 106 Squadron photographed in front of a Lancaster at Syerston, Nottinghamshire, on the morning after the raids on Genoa, October

Preparing to load 1,000-lb MC bombs into the bomb-bay of an Avro Lancaster B Mark III of No. 106 Squadron RAF at RAF Metheringham, prior to a major night raid on Frankfurt. The stencilled lettering around the circumference of each bomb reads "RDX/TNT"

Preparing to load MC bombs into the bomb-bay of an Avro Lancaster B Mark III of No. 106 Squadron RAF at RAF Metheringham, prior to a major night raid on Frankfurt. The stencilled lettering around the circumference of each bomb reads "RDX/TNT"

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