Painting "Lancaster MK III PB667 MG-Q Pathfinder"

This painting is a tribute to the crew of the Lancaster PB667 the 7th squadron. A volunteer from the Liberation Museum researched the plane and the family of the deceased pilot was so impressed that she donated a painting. The painting was created by the British artist Keith Hill.

On March 20, 1945 the aircraft with the markers MG-Q (Queeny) crashed on the way back from a mission in Recklinghausen in the Ruhr.
The unit was above Schouwen-Duiveland hit by Flak guns and could not reach England. While attempting to make an emergency landing the wing of the aircraft broke and all the crewmembers were killed.
The painting shows the Lancaster Mk3 in the colors of the 7th Squadron Pathfinder Force flying on a delta during sunrise.
Pathfinder aircraft were equipped with standard navigation and special features to highlight targets for the bombers who later appeared above the target. In the painting we see the nose of the antennas Rebecca system for aircraft flying home and the dome under the unit which housed some of the H2S radar. The H2S could be mapped into the ground under the appliance. A special device which is not on the outside of the device is visible is the OBOE system. This could bring a device just above the crease and even bear the markings. The PB667 was equipped with the disruption system for the German radar Carpet drawn across Europe.

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Source

  • Text: Bevrijdingsmuseum Zeeland
  • Photos: Bevrijdingsmuseum Zeeland