According to its nose art, LR503 flew 213 operations, making it, by that measure, the RAF's most successful bomber. There are photographs of the aircraft showing both a tally of 203 operations and the 213 - it was while wearing the latter markings that it crashed at Calgary Airport while on a War Bonds Tour of Canada.

The odd thing is that the artwork has been changed between the taking of the two sets of photographs: moved back relative to the nose cone and the mosquito insect and scampering Hitler elements changed. Can anyone account for this? Can supply photos if helpful.

Some earlier images show the aircraft to have the 105 Sqn code GB-F[bar] with an outline. Can anyone confirm the inner and outer colours? The code GB was subsequently removed and the F painted in a single colour.

Thanks and regards: