The Crew of B for Baker

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The crew of LM475 B for Baker, an Avro Lancaster Mk III of 467 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, arrive on dispersal at RAF Waddington on the evening of 11 April 1944. Their target is Aachen in Germany.

The crew is made up of seven men: Pilot S/L DPS Smith, Navigator W/O RW Purcell, Flight Engineer Sgt KH Tabor, Bomb Aimer Sgt J Parker, Wireless Operator F/Sgt AD Johnston, Mid-Upper Gunner Sgt ER Hill and Rear Gunner F/Sgt GF Pate. One month after the Aachen raid, B for Baker failed to return from an operation to Lille, France. Of these seven men, only the pilot would survive.

This painting, by aviation artist Steve Leadenham, was specially commissioned by Adam Purcell, the great nephew of the navigator. It serves as a tribute to these seven men – but also to the 125,000 who also served in Bomber Command during WWII. The story of how this project developed can be read in the archives of SomethingVeryBig. Click here.

High-quality 80x40cm archival reproductions of this painting are now available for purchase direct from the artist at the rate of AUD45.00, plus postage to anywhere in the world.

For details on how you can obtain your own copy of this very special image, contact Steve directly through his website: http://leadenham.com/contact.html.

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See more of Steve’s work at www.leadenham.com.

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2 Responses to “The Crew of B for Baker”


  1. 1 Maddie April 23, 2013 at 10:24

    hi my name is Maddie and i was just wondering if you knew if there were more crews in squadron 467 because my great uncle Andrew Leslie West was i am pretty sure a Flight Sargent in this squadron and i am trying to find out his past i have looked on many sites and they all lead to him being in Squadron 467
    many thanks Maddie.

    • 2 Adam Purcell April 23, 2013 at 10:56

      G’day Maddie,
      I see F/S West was killed over Prouville in France, 24/25 June 1944. His pilot did his first ‘second dickie’ operation with the crew of B for Baker (though they were in a different aeroplane that time) in February 1944. I’ve sent you an email with a few more details and some ideas about where to go next!
      Cheers,
      Adam


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