Lancaster Mk.X (Canadian) KB700
"The Ruhr Express"
Some kind of work being performed in the bomb bay
Ground Crew refilling the aircraft's oxygen system
Ground crew preparing to "Bomb Up" a 12,000 lbs Block buster into the bomb bay.
Two views of S - Sugar from an unknown squadron begin "bombed up" with what appear to be 500 lbs or 1,000 lbs bombs
Air Marshal "Black Mike" McEwen, RCAF, Commander of No. 6 Group RCAF being shown a fully loaded Lancaster
Ground crew service number 3 engine of Lancaster Mk. X KB865 from the OIL bowser (tanker) while the crew of F/L H.H/M. Cave hang around to be "given" then aircraft
No. 83 Squadron, RAF Lancaster's Bomb Bay fully loaded with a 4,000 lbs HC "Cookie" which is surrounded by Small Bomb Containers (SBC's) containing incendiaries
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Updated: March 2010
Ground Crew Photo Archive
Lancaster W4783 being loaded with petrol before the nights operations.
Note: the bomb winch in the foreground
Unidentified member of a Lancaster ground crew helps to load a 4,000 lbs HC "Cookie" in the bomb bay
No. 115 Squadron, RAF Ground Crew Armour's at Witchford, catch a ride with a Lancaster standard bomb load
Ground Crew preparing to load what appears to be a Mk.I Air Deployable Anti-Shipping Mine.
Ground crew "Erks" in front of Lancaster G-George
A WAAF driver/armour steers a 4,000 lbs "cookie" under a Lancaster's bomb bay during bombing up