Bomber Command Recruitment Poster

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Bomber Command Recruitment Poster

I reckon this is a Halifax bomber, probably a Mark 2 Series 1, which would mean this poster was produced late in 1942?

The tour for an airman was 30 operations. He might have to fly say 3 nights a week over the course of 10 weeks. The average losses every night throughout the war were about 5%, so each night he had a 1 in 20 chance of being killed. That changed throughout the war though, and at times 12% of aircrews that left England each night did not return.

So the chances of a young man looking up at this poster in 1942 and joining a crew and actually surviving all 30 operations and returning home…. were about one in seven. What is really remarkable is that he would know that and still join up nonetheless. A unique generation.

4 comments on “Bomber Command Recruitment Poster
  1. andyholmfirth says:

    Now which is the worst position to be sat in ?

  2. pasujoba says:

    It has the early shaped tail fins and a Hudson type Bolton Paul mid upper turret so could be correct Ian .
    Marvellous item that captures the mood of the time .

  3. MikeyColebourne11 says:

    Worst position has got to be the rear air gunner, if you’ve got someone on your tail, the only view your going to have is incoming fire!

  4. sixty8panther says:

    That is SO cool. I’d love to hang that up in my house.

    I’m getting a bit bored of the Starry Night by Van Gogh. J/K

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