Topical Press Agency

Silver Gelatin Photograph

With copy original press release to reverse.
Stamped to reverse “Photograph Supplied by the Topical Press Agency Ltd 20-21 Red Lion Court Fleet St”
Also stamped in top right hand corner (part-concealed by the label so largely obscured in the illustrating photograph) “Topical Press Agency – as passed by censor, press and censorship bureau”

The pilot, looking out of the cockpit, is Capt Harry Albert ‘Sam’ Brown OBE 1896-1953 who made all the first flights of prototype aircraft for AVRO from the Tutor in 1929 to the Lincoln in 1944.

2235) Birth of a Lancaster
The Avro-Lancaster, the fastest and greatest load carrier of all the worlds heavy bombers, and scourge of the German cities from Colgne to Geynia, Rostock to Augsburg near Munich, is now being produced so speedily that fresh squadrons are being equipped each week, and nightly spread terror and destruction throughout the German industrial centres. Photo shows. The Lancaster ready to take off. Topical Press 2/9/42

Provenance: from the collection of Philip J R Moyes, author of many books on the RAF, most notably The Pictorial History which ran to several volumes. Inscribed with his initials to reverse, though this has subsequently been concealed with liquid paper.