Members of No. 106 Squadron RAF, including their Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Guy Gibson (standing middle, front row), celebrate on their return to Coningsby, Lincolnshire, from the 'Thousand Bomber' raid on Cologne, Germany. The Squadron's Avro Manchesters, in the course of replacement by Lancasters at this time, are parked off the perimeter track in the background.
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 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
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"
G-H Leader Lancaster of 218 Squadron. I thought that was a Rose tail turret at first, but looking closer I think it's a Frazer-Nash with the rear perspex extensively cut away. It has 4 x .303 guns whereas the Rose Turret had 2 x .50. My mistake. Note the two men in RAAF uniforms (darker blue) on the right.