Goodwill visit to United States



Goodwill visit to United States


Left top - photograph of B-29, Lancaster and Avro York lined up parked on airfield. Spectators are walking in front.
Middle left - air-to-air view showing formation of Lancasters over open countryside.
Third row left - photograph of group of men in front of wooden hut. One man on the left wearing shorts, many others wearing uniform.
Bottom left - a side view of a Lancaster on ground with engines running.
Right a newspaper cutting with photograph of a Wing Commander A.J.L. Craig, offficer commanding 35 Squadron in flying suit shaking hands with Brig Gen Thomas M Lowe, Lowry Field commanding officer. Between is Group Captain R.C.M. Collard. Notes that Denver was the 'target' of formation of 15 British Lancasters who made simulated bombing run over the city before landing at Lowry Field.



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Four b/w photographs and a newspaper cutting mounted on an album page


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FIFTEEN BRITISH LANCASTER BOMBERS of the royal air force arrived at Lowry field Thursday and many top-ranking officers and enlisted men were on hand to greet them. Shown here shortly after the lead plane had landed are, left to right, Brig. Gen. Thomas M. Lowe, Lowry commanding officer; Group Capt. R.C.M. Collard, in charge of the nationwide R.A.F. tour, and Wing Commander A. J.L. Craig, commanding officer of the R.A.F. squadron.
Denver was the “Target” Thursday of a formation of fifteen British Lancaster bombers of royal air force squadron 35. The planes made a simulated bombing run over the city before landing at Lowry field for a three-day stay as part of a nationwide goodwill tour.
The first plane, piloted by Wing Comdr. A.J.L. Craig, who is commanding the squadron, landed at 2.39 p.m., and the rest of the flight at thirty-second intervals.
The Lowry field band honoured the visitors with “God Save the King” and followed with “The Star Spangled Banner” while and honor [sic] guard of more than 100 Lowry field officers and men stood at attention.
Brig. Gen. Thomas M. Lowe, commanding officer of Lowry field, was introduced to Wing Commander Craig by Group Capt. R.C.M. Collard, in charge of the nationwide tour, who had arrived earlier in a York transport plane, piloted by Squadron Leader Anthony B.J. Pearson.
The big Lancasters will be displayed to the public from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. General Lowe and Cyril Ward, acting British consul in Denver, will be hosts to the more than 200 crewmen of the planes at an open house.
Chancellor and Mrs. Caleb F. Gates of Denver university will honor the visitors at a reception in the Mary Reed library from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday.
The group will be taken on a tour of the city Saturday morning and will be met by Governor Vivian and Mayor Stapleton on the capitol steps.
The Lancasters were brought to the United States to take part in the Army Air Forces day celebration Aug. 1 in Los Angeles.


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