28 Nov '13, 9am

#RAFPicOFTheDay BBMF Lancaster in 70th anniversary 617Sqn "Thumper MKIII" decal. More info: htt…

#RAFPicOFTheDay BBMF Lancaster in 70th anniversary 617Sqn "Thumper MKIII" decal. More info: htt…

The RAF BBMF Lancaster, PA474, has taken on a new ‘identity’ as 617 Squadron Lancaster B1, DV385, “Thumper Mk III”. This aircraft was one of the brand-new standard Lancasters issued to 617 Squadron as replacements after the ‘Dams Raid’ in 1943. DV385 was delivered to 617 Squadron in November 1943, whilst the unit was based at Coningsby, and then moved with the Squadron to Woodhall Spa in January 1944. The aircraft was retro-fitted with bulged bomb bay doors to enable it to carry a 12,000-lb ‘Tallboy’ ‘earthquake’ bomb internally, and it initially wore the code letters ‘KC-A’ (later on it was also coded ‘KC-V’ and then ‘KV-T’). The “Thumper” nose art features the cartoon rabbit – from the 1942 Walt Disney cartoon ‘Bambi’ – holding a foaming pint of beer. DV385 flew a total of 50 ‘ops’, of which 37 were successful (bombs dropped). 35 ‘ops’ are shown on the ‘bomb log’ under t...

Full article: http://www.raf.mod.uk/bbmf/news/index.cfm?storyid=4803726...

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