Lancaster KB722 VR-R
Maybe the most colourful of all RCAF Lancaster paint treatments, certainly 419 squadrons most heavily painted aircraft I have seen so far. With each of it's four engine cowlings painted in the fashion of the "Flying Tiger" shark mouth with eyes
Flown on at least 33 operations including the squadrons last operation on April 25th 1945
against the enemy defences on Wangerooge.
Flown on that occasion by F/L J E Short. Ropey had a number of different crews flying it during the months of March and April of 1945, including P/O Rickert. F/O D S Bowes (Heide), F/O J C MacNeil (Kiel) and F/O M F Martin (Schwandorf)
KB 722 was returned to Canada and was awaiting further use with Tiger Force.
Both photos were widely distributed in many newspapers and magazines