RAF poster - Lancaster I : abandoning by dinghy
Dimensions:W: 100cm (39.4")H: 68cm (26.8")
R.A.F. Air Diagram 2060, Sheet 1 of 3, July 1942. Lancaster I - Abandoning by Dinghy. Air Ministry, prepared by the Ministry of Production. Printed for H.M. Stationary Office by Flemings of Leicester. Approximately 100 x 68cm. Printed on thick paper this super poster is the first in a series of three giving advice to Bomber Command Lancaster crews on evacuating the aircraft in the event of ditching. It shows four images of a Lancaster in flight and the crew in their correct positions for exiting the aircraft once on the sea. Each man had to be aware of his role and ditching station in the event of such an emergency. Unfortunately condition is not great. Recently stored rolled but the poster has been folded. There is substantial creasing and some paper loss at the corners. In addition there are many small edge tears and some larger ones that are taped at the rear. The biggest of these measures 18cm and can be seen running from the centre of the left edge inwards (see photograph 11). Clear official markings and 1942 date. Also overstamped 'Royal Aircraft Establishment Technical Publication, 24 Aug. 1942'. Despite the damage, this remains a dramatic and impressive rare poster. We also have Sheet 2 from the same series currently listed on the website. Stock code P20997.