RAF Goodwill planes home

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RAF Goodwill planes home

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Item 1 is a newspaper cutting marking the return of the Lancasters to Graveley.
Item 2 is a newspaper cutting titled 'Goodwill' showing 11 Lancasters over St Paul's Cathedral.

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IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1946-08-30

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Format

Two newspaper cuttings on a scrapbook page

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SMathersRW55201v10048

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[missing words] GRAPH AND MORNING POST, FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 1946

[Photograph]
MEN of the No. 35 Lancaster Squadron on their return yesterday to Graveley Airfield, Hunts. from their goodwill visit to the United States.

R.A.F. GOODWILL PLANES HOME

ONLY 15 SECONDS AFTER SCHEDULE
From our SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
GRAVELEY, Thursday.

After a flight of 15,000 miles on a "goodwill tour" of America, the 35th Squadron of the R.A.F. Lancasters touched down here to-day, only 15 seconds after scheduled time.
On the final stage of their journey they followed a course along the South Coast and thence across London. They passed over the Air Ministry in Kingsway, across the City over St. Paul's and then north to Graveley.
When, in cloud and wind, the squadron appeared at their home base, the crews were given a memorable reception by all the land crews in the camp.
Waiting to meet the planes were Air Marshal Sir Norman Bottomley, A.O. C-in-C Bomber Command, Maj-Gen. C.K. Bissell, United States Military and Air Attaché, Mr. [two indecipherable words], First Secretary to the American Embassy and Air Chief Marshal Sir Philip Joubert.

SUCCESSFUL MISSION
Sir Norman Bottomley said he felt that the squadron had succeeded in their mission. He congratulated the men on their high standard of formation flying and discipline.
The journey was covered without any technical failure of engines or airframes in flight.
The squadron's flights per machine was equivalent to 12 times round the world. It testified to the efficiency of British equipment and the British heavy aircraft industry.
"I am sure" he said "that this performance was due to the very good maintenance of our ground crews."
The crews of the aircraft spoke highly of the reception which they were accorded in America.

[underlined] 29th AUGUST 1946 [/underlined]

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Goodwill

London welcomed the Lancasters of 35 (Madras) Squadron home to-day after their 15,000-mile goodwill tour of the United States. Flying at 2,000ft. owing to clouds and "bumps" which made formation difficult, they swept over the City on their way to their home base at Graveley, Herts, where they were received by Air Ministry officials and representatives from the American Embassy.
To-day's last lap was from St. Mawgan, Cornwall, where they landed from the United States. En route they passed over South Coast towns and turned north from Brighton.

Citation

“RAF Goodwill planes home,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 13, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/9650.

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