Lancaster ME746

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Title

Lancaster ME746

Description

Aircrew and ground crew holding the DSO awarded to Lancaster ME746 AS-R2 (Roger Squared).
There are five similar images of the event. In the second photo there are more operations added to the nose and R2 has been painted on. The last has some text explaining the unusual award.

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Format

Five b/w photographs

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

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Identifier

PTerryD1701, PTerryD1703, PTerryD1711, PTerryD1712, PTerryD1721

Transcription

Lancaster bomber ME-746 AS-R2 (aka Roger Squared) was one very special aircraft. It completed a total of 126 operations (117 Combat, 6 Manna and 3 Exodus). It was one of only 35 of the 7.377 Lancasters built to attain that distinction.
Roger Squared was well and carefully maintained by a dedicated ground crew under the leadership of Corporal Dennis Terry and flown with skill and determination by a number of pilots and air crew including, as noted in the story, Flying Officer H.J. Musselman RCAF, DFC.
In a highly unusual ceremony Bomber Command awarded the aircraft itself, the Distinguished Service Order. In the picture below the maintenance crew and flight crew assembled on the tarmac for a special ceremony following R2’s 100th mission. Note the large wooden medal (created by Corporal Terry) being held between himself and Flying Officer Musselman. A stirring reminder of that record can be seen in the ten rows of bombs painted on the fuselage below the pilot’s window.

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Citation

“Lancaster ME746,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 4, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/34425.

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