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Day Duties for the Night Workers by Robert Taylor. (C)


Day Duties for the Night Workers by Robert Taylor. (C)

With its mission completed, the mighty Lancaster slowly rolls to a halt on the lonely dispersal point, the roar of its four pulsating Merlin engines steadily slackens, replaced by an eerie silence, broken only by the snapping cracks of cooling metal. Slowly the seven weary crew tumble out of the fuselage, their faces etched with strain, eyes rimmed red with tiredness. For them it is the final act of another long, arduous and nerve-wracking operation, another eight-hour ordeal to attack industrial targets in the Ruhr. This time they know they've been lucky, they reached the target and returned home safely, despite the deadly flak and prowling Luftwaffe night-fighters. For others, however, the work of war has just begun. As the massive Lancaster looms majestically over them, the ever vigilant ground crew begin the task of preparing their aircraft for the coming night's operation. Checking, repairing and double-checking again, making sure that nothing goes wrong on the next trip, nothing that could endanger the lives of the crew who depend on them. And then there are guns to be re-armed, bombs to be loaded and near-empty fuel tanks refilled. It will be a race against time.
Item Code : DHM6078CDay Duties for the Night Workers by Robert Taylor. (C) - This Edition
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PRINTVictoria Cross edition of 25 matted prints.

Supplied with a copy of the book Heroic Endeavour by Sean Feast, signed by the author.
Paper size 20 inches x 14 inches (51cm x 36cm) Overall size 25 inches x 22 inches (64cm x 56cm) Bressloff, Boris
Cleaver, Reg
Payne, Alan
Bell, William
Booker, Jim
Carlton, Ken
Clarke, Eric
Curnock, Richard
Evans, Eric
Eves, Reg
Field, Dennis
French, George
Gough, Harry
Hadley, Les
Hall, John
Hildreth, Jeff
Jenkinson, Ken
Johnson, Ken
Jones, Norman
Kelbrick, William
Kirtland, Bert
Lusher, Norman
Mannion, Frank
OBrien, Ken
Parsons, Lou
Rowland, John
Staves, Malcolm
Worrall, Raymon
Lasham, Bob
Leksinski, Rudolf
Linaker, Jack
MacNamara, Len
Maltas, Fred
Manning, Len
Morrison, John
Mottershead, Bluey
Oakeby, Henry
Patterson, Ernie
Pearl, John
Rogers, Ken
Smith, Ron
Statham, Rex
Starkey, Richard
Tetlow, Phil
Thompson, Sam
Tunstall, Fred
Varney, Eric
Wheeler, Frank
Wesolowski, Andrzej
Winser, Tony
Cheshire, Leonard
Jackson, Norman
Learoyd, Roderick
Reid, Bill
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
£475.00

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Other editions of this item : Day Duties for the Night Workers by Robert Taylor.DHM6078
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PRINTSigned limited edition of 200 prints. Paper size 20 inches x 14 inches (51cm x 36cm) Bressloff, Boris
Cleaver, Reg
Payne, Alan
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
£70.00VIEW EDITION...
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Bomber Command edition of 25 artist proofs.

Supplied with a copy of the book Heroic Endeavour by Sean Feast, signed by the author.
Paper size 20 inches x 14 inches (51cm x 36cm) Bressloff, Boris
Cleaver, Reg
Payne, Alan
Bell, William
Booker, Jim
Carlton, Ken
Clarke, Eric
Curnock, Richard
Evans, Eric
Eves, Reg
Field, Dennis
French, George
Gough, Harry
Hadley, Les
Hall, John
Hildreth, Jeff
Jenkinson, Ken
Johnson, Ken
Jones, Norman
Kelbrick, William
Kirtland, Bert
Lusher, Norman
Mannion, Frank
OBrien, Ken
Parsons, Lou
Rowland, John
Staves, Malcolm
Worrall, Raymon
Lasham, Bob
Leksinski, Rudolf
Linaker, Jack
MacNamara, Len
Maltas, Fred
Manning, Len
Morrison, John
Mottershead, Bluey
Oakeby, Henry
Patterson, Ernie
Pearl, John
Rogers, Ken
Smith, Ron
Statham, Rex
Starkey, Richard
Tetlow, Phil
Thompson, Sam
Tunstall, Fred
Varney, Eric
Wheeler, Frank
Wesolowski, Andrzej
Winser, Tony
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
£295.00VIEW EDITION...
PRINTBomber Command edition of 125 prints.

Supplied with a copy of the book Heroic Endeavour by Sean Feast, signed by the author.
Paper size 20 inches x 14 inches (51cm x 36cm) Bressloff, Boris
Cleaver, Reg
Payne, Alan
Bell, William
Booker, Jim
Carlton, Ken
Clarke, Eric
Curnock, Richard
Evans, Eric
Eves, Reg
Field, Dennis
French, George
Gough, Harry
Hadley, Les
Hall, John
Hildreth, Jeff
Jenkinson, Ken
Johnson, Ken
Jones, Norman
Kelbrick, William
Kirtland, Bert
Lusher, Norman
Mannion, Frank
OBrien, Ken
Parsons, Lou
Rowland, John
Staves, Malcolm
Worrall, Raymon
Lasham, Bob
Leksinski, Rudolf
Linaker, Jack
MacNamara, Len
Maltas, Fred
Manning, Len
Morrison, John
Mottershead, Bluey
Oakeby, Henry
Patterson, Ernie
Pearl, John
Rogers, Ken
Smith, Ron
Statham, Rex
Starkey, Richard
Tetlow, Phil
Thompson, Sam
Tunstall, Fred
Varney, Eric
Wheeler, Frank
Wesolowski, Andrzej
Winser, Tony
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
£250.00VIEW EDITION...
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Flight Lieutenant Bill Reid VC (deceased)
Volunteering for RAF aircrew in 1940, Bill Reid learned to fly in California, training on the Stearman, Vultee and Harvard. After gaining his pilots wings back in England he flew Wellingtons before moving on to Lancasters in 1943. On the night of Nov 3rd 1943, his Lancaster suffered two severe attacks from Luftwaffe night fighters, badly wounding Reid, killing his navigator and radio operator, and severely damaging the aircraft. Bill flew on 200 miles to accurately bomb the target and get his aircraft home. For this act of outstanding courage and determination he was awarded the Victoria Cross. Died 28th November 2001.
Flight Lieutenant Boris Bressloff DFCHaving completed his training as a Bomb Aimer he joined 635 Sqn serving with W.O. Ernie Patterson and W.O. Harry Parker on over 50 Ops in Lancasters with Pilot Alex Throne DSO DFC.
Flight Lieutenant Dennis FieldPilot, No.90 Squadron.
Flight Lieutenant Fred Tunstall DFCRear Gunner, 158 Squadron.
Flight Lieutenant H W Bert Kirtland DFC*Air Gunner, 76 Squadron.
Flight Lieutenant Ken CarltonFlight Engineer, 156, 7 and 635 Squadrons.
Flight Lieutenant William J KelbrickGunner, No.50 and No.9 Squadrons.


Flight Sergeant Alan Payne DFC
Joined the Royal Air Force in 1942 and trained as an Observer in the UK and in South Africa but served as Bomb Aimer with 630 Squadron and later 57 Squadron on Lancasters completing 29 operations. Based at RAF East Kirkby Alan took part in the Battle of Berlin from November 1943, culminating with a raid on Nuremberg at the end of March 1944. Alan was then transferrred to Transport Command where he completed a full tour as a navigator on Halifaxes wtih 620 Sqn Transport Command in Palestine supporting the 6th Airborne Divison.
Flight Sergeant Eric VarneyJoining 207 Sqn he served as a Mid-Upper Gunner on over 20 Ops on Lancasters including the controversial joint RAF and USAAF raids on Dresden in February 1945.
Flight Sergeant Ken JenkinsonInitially on Lancasters with 57 Sqn, as Radio Operator to pilot Ian Ross, he remained with the crew when they joined 617 Sqn and their aircraft crash landed in Russia after the first raid on the Tirpitz.
Flight Sergeant Norman LusherAir Gunner, 9 Squadron.
Flt Lt Bluey Mottershead DFCCompleted a full tour of Operations in 1943 flying Halifaxes for 158 Sqn at Lissett.
Flt Lt Bob Lasham DFC*Pilot, 9 and 97 Squadrons.
Flt Lt Eric Clarke MiDWeapons Operator, 49 Squadron.
Flt Lt Henry OakebyPosted to 432 Sqn RCAF, Henry Oakeby served as a Navigator.
Flt Lt Len MacNamara DFCA Rear Gunner with 10 Squadron at Melbourne, before being transferred to 158 Squadron at Lissett. He completed 36 Operations, then after a spell at OTU, completed 10 more Operations with 75 New Zealand Squadron.
Flt Lt Ron Smith DFC AEAir Gunner, 617 Squadron.
Flt Sgt Rudolf LeksinskiWeapons Operator, 30 Squadron.


Flying Officer Frank Wheeler DFC (deceased)
Frank Wheeler joined the RAF in 1941, training in England as a pilot after which he completed a period of instructing. In January 1944 he was posted to join 174 Typhoon Fighter Squadron at Westhampnett, his first operation being as an escort to the Mosquitos taking part in Operation Jericho, the Amiens Jailbreak. He stayed with 174 Squadron for the remainder of the War, serving throughout occupied Europe, and in 1945, at the end of his tour of operations, he was awarded the DFC. We have learned that Frank Wheeler sadly passed away in early 2013.
Flying Officer George FrenchBomb Aimer, 76 Squadron.
Flying Officer Les HadleyAs a Navigator Les did a full Tour with 40 Squadron on Wellingtons. His second tour was completed on Mosquitos with 139 PFF, from where he later transferred back to heavy Bombers with 156 PFF, completing his war-time service.
Flying Officer Malcolm StavesAir Gunner, 207 Sqn.
Flying Officer Phil TetlowJoining the RAF in August 1942 he soon began wireless training and, after a spell with 17 OTU, joined 9 Sqn at Bardney. He completed a total of 42 ops including all three raids against the Tirpitz.
Flying Officer Raymond WorrallFlight Engineer, 44 Sqn.
Pilot Officer Richard Dick StarkeyDick Starkey was with 106 Sqn as a pilot on Lancasters when his aircraft was shot down in March 1944. After hospitalisation he moved to Stalag Luft III arriving within days of the execution of 50 escapees.
Sergeant Len ManningAs a Rear Gunner on Lancasters with 57 Sqn, his aircraft was shot down by a German Night Fighter on only his 3rd Operation on 18th April 1944. Taken in by local French civilians, they kept him in hiding until the Allies advanced through Northern France before he finally got back to Britain on 5th September 1944.


Squadron Leader John Hall, DFC*
Squadron Leader John Hall, DFC and Bar (85 Sqn. Pilot) joined the RAF in 1940 and after gaining his wings, followed by operational training at Cranfield, near Bedford, he joined 85 Squadron, then stationed at Hunsdon, in the North Weald sector. At that time, 85 Squadron flew twin engine Havocs, a night fighter version of the American light bomber, the Boston, with the radar operator where the Bostonís gun turret would have been and 12 machine guns in the nose, in place of the Bostonís navigator. The radar then was the Mark 4, not very reliable, and with a very limited range. During 1942, the Squadron re-equipped with the much faster and more maneuverable Mosquito, with a scanner in the nose for the infinitely more effective Mark 8 radar and 4 cannon, [instead of the Havocís 12 machine guns] After a rest from operations, during which he taught budding night fighter pilots air gunnery, John Hall teamed up with John Cairns as his navigator/ radar operator and they joined 488 New Zealand Night Fighter Squadron at Bradwell Bay on the Essex coast, destroying three German bombers during the mini-blitz of early 1944. The Squadron flew over the D-day beaches from Zeals, and Colerne in Wiltshire, before moving at the end of 1944 to Amiens Glisy in northern France and then to Gilze Rijen in Holland, where it celebrated VE Day. During this time Hall shot down a further 5 German aircraft over France and Germany.
Squadron Leader John Rowland DSO DFC*Pilot, No.12, No.613 and No.625 Squadrons.
Warrant Officer Andrzej WesolowskiInitially serving with the Polish Army he was captured in 1939 but escaped to England in early 1943. He then joined the RAF as a W.Op/Air Gunner with 304 Polish Squadron completing 27 Ops in Wellingtons.
Warrant Officer Eric EvansAfter qualifying as a Rear Gunner he served with 463 RAAF Sqn serving on Lancasters from Waddington. In November 1944 his Lancaster was shot down by a German night fighter whilst on a mission over Germany and he served the rest of the War as a PoW.
Warrant Officer Ernie Patterson DFCJoining the Royal Air Force in 1942, he served with 635 Sqn Pathfinder Force until the end of the war. As a WOP/Air Gunner he completed 51 Ops on Lancasters Ė all of which were with Flt Lt Boris Bressloff and W.O. Harry Parker.
Warrant Officer Frank P MannionRear Gunner, No.10 Sqn.
Warrant Officer Fred MaltasFred joined the RAF as a Flight Engineer and was originally sent to 51 Squadron at RAF Snaith on Halifaxes. He then joined 35 Squadron as they undertook their Pathfinder duties. On his 2nd operation to Krefeld on 21st June 1943 his Halifax HR799 was shot down, and Fred ended up as a PoW in Stalag Luft VI.
Warrant Officer Harry GoughHarry joined the RAF in 1943 as a Rear Gunner in 10 Squadron affectionately known as Shiny 10 at RAF Melbourne, part of 4 Group. At the beginning of the war they were equipped with Whitleys, upgrading to the Halifax in December 1941. On 8th July 1940, they moved to RAF Leeming, Yorkshire and again on 19th August 1942 to RAF Melbourne, Yorkshire. Harry completed 33 operations.
Warrant Officer Jack LinakerAs a Rear Gunner on Lancasters he was posted to 9 Sqn which was one of only two squadrons equipped with the Tallboy bomb used for precision bombing and went on to lead the final raid on Berchtesgaden. He completed 18 Ops.
Warrant Officer Jeff HildrethA Wireless Operator/Air Gunner who joined the recently reformed 170 Sqn at Hemswell in October 1944. He went on to complete 28 Ops on Lancasters over North West Europe before the War finished in May 1945.
Warrant Officer Jim BookerA Navigator on 625 Sqn Lancasters, flying operationally from late 1944, he flew on the last bombing mission of the European war to Berchtesgaden and supplied relief drops to the Dutch in Operation Manna.
Warrant Officer John Morrison (deceased)With 35 Sqn he flew as a WOP/Air Gunner on Halifaxes taking part in 24 ĎOpsí but was shot down on the attack on the Tirpitz in April 1942. After being captured he spent the rest of the War as a PoW in several camps including Stalag Luft III. We have learned that John Morrison has now sadly passed away.
Warrant Officer John PearlAs a Mid-Upper Gunner he served with 207 Sqn on Lancasters. On his 8th Operation in April 1945 his aircraft was shot down and he then spent three days evading capture before finding his way into US occupied territory.


Warrant Officer Ken Johnson
As a Mid-Upper Gunner he flew on Lancasters with 9 and 61 Squadrons taking part in many raids including the final attack to sink the Tirpitz in November 1944 along with attacks on Berchtesgaden, Hitlers alpine home.
Warrant Officer Ken OBrien DFMRear Gunner, No.10 Sqn.
Warrant Officer Ken RogersAs a Radio Operator he served with 9 Sqn similar to W.O. Jack Linaker. He completed 34 Ops on Lancasters including precision bombing on Bergen, Munich and the Arnsberg Viaduct in the German Rhine River Valley.
Warrant Officer Lou ParsonsFlight Engineer, 75 Squadron.




Warrant Officer Norman Jackson VC (deceased)
Norman Jackson joined 106 Squadron as a flight engineer, and his 30th operational raid earned him the Victoria Cross. While climbing out of the target area over Schweinfurt, his Lancaster was hit by an enemy night-fighter and the inner starboard engine set on fire. Although injured by shrapnel he jettisoned the pilots escape hatch and climbed out on to the wing clutching a fire extinguisher, his parachute spilling out as he went. He succeeded in putting out the fire just as the night-fighter made a second attack, this time forcing the crew to bale out. Norman was swept away with his parachute starting to burn but somehow survived the fall to spend 10 months as a POW in a German hospital. Sadly, Norman Jackson died on 26th March 1994.
Warrant Officer Norman JonesFlight Engineer, 625 Squadron.
Warrant Officer Reg CleaverServed with 419 (Moose) Squadron RCAF. Reg Cleaver was a Flight Engineer and Co-pilot on Halifaxes until On his 17th operation on 24 June 1943, on a raid to Wuppertal, his aircraft was shot down by German Fw190 nightfighters. After initially evading capture he was eventually captured in Holland where he was beaten by the Gestapo and taken as a PoW to Stalag Luft 6 until the end of the war.
Warrant Officer Reg EvesRear and Middle Upper Air Gunner, 550 Squadron.
Warrant Officer Rex StathamFlight Engineer, 158 Squadron.
Warrant Officer Richard CurnockRichard Curnock was posted to 425 Squadron RCAF where he served as a Rear Gunner. He was only on his second operation on 25th February 1944 to Augsburg when his aircraft was shot down and he ended up as a PoW in Stalag Luft VI until the end of the war.
Warrant Officer Sam ThompsonAs a Mid Upper Gunner he was posted to 103 Sqn on Halifaxes before transferring to 9 Sqn where he completed 3 raids on the Tirpitz and also Berchtesgaden, completing 50 Ops in total.
Warrant Officer Tony Winser (deceased)Called up one day after his 18th birthday to join the Royal Air Force on 16th July 1943. After basic training as an Air Gunner he served on operations in September 1944. Tony Winser served as a Rear Turret Air Gunner in Lancasters with 12 and 626 Squadrons, completing 31 Ops and was the second highest scoring Bomber Command Ace of the war shooting down 7 enemy aircraft. Sadly, we have learned that Tony Winser passed away on 13th November 2011.
Warrant Officer William BellBill joined the RAF in 1941 and was posted to 103 Squadron at RAF Elsham Wolds as a Navigator on Halifaxes. He was later transferred to 166 Squadron, and was on his 20th operation, flying to Berlin in November 1943 when he was shot down and ended up as a PoW in Stalag Luft IVb. He escaped on three separate occasions but was recaptured every time - the war finished just before his fourth attempt!


Wing Commander Roderick Learoyd VC (deceased)
On the day that war was declared Rod Learoyd was on patrol flying Hampdens with 49 Sqn. Continually involved with low level bombing, on the night of 12th August 1940, he and four other aircraft attempted to breach the heavily defended Dortmund - Ems canal. Of the four other aircraft on the mission, two were destroyed and the other two were badly hit. Learoyd took his plane into the heavily defended target at only 150 feet, in full view of the searchlights, and with flak barrage all around. He managed to get his very badly damaged aircraft back to England, where he circled until daybreak when he finally landed the aircraft without inflicting more damage to it, or injuring any of his crew. For his supreme courage that night he was awarded the Victoria Cross. He later joined 44 Sqn with the first Lancasters, and then commanded 83 Sqn. He died 24th January 1996.

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LancasterThe Avro Lancaster arose from the avro Manchester and the first prototype Lancaster was a converted Manchester with four engines. The Lancaster was first flown in January 1941, and started operations in March 1942. By March 1945 The Royal Air Force had 56 squadrons of Lancasters with the first squadron equipped being No.44 Squadron. During World War Two the Avro Lancaster flew 156,000 sorties and dropped 618,378 tonnes of bombs between 1942 and 1945. Lancaster Bomberss took part in the devastating round-the-clock raids on Hamburg during Air Marshall Harris' "Operation Gomorrah" in July 1943. Just 35 Lancasters completed more than 100 successful operations each, and 3,249 were lost in action. The most successful survivor completed 139 operations, and the Lancaster was scrapped after the war in 1947. A few Lancasters were converted into tankers and the two tanker aircraft were joined by another converted Lancaster and were used in the Berlin Airlift, achieving 757 tanker sorties. A famous Lancaster bombing raid was the 1943 mission, codenamed Operation Chastise, to destroy the dams of the Ruhr Valley. The operation was carried out by 617 Squadron in modified Mk IIIs carrying special drum shaped bouncing bombs designed by Barnes Wallis. Also famous was a series of Lancaster attacks using Tallboy bombs against the German battleship Tirpitz, which first disabled and later sank the ship. The Lancaster bomber was the basis of the new Avro Lincoln bomber, initially known as the Lancaster IV and Lancaster V. (Becoming Lincoln B1 and B2 respectively.) Their Lancastrian airliner was also based on the Lancaster but was not very successful. Other developments were the Avro York and the successful Shackleton which continued in airborne early warning service up to 1992.

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