I have often seen wartime photos of Lancasters at dispersal with tire/tyre covers and puzzled over their purpose...wouldn't the wing protect them from the rain I thought? The subject came up again while reading Sir Arthur Harris' Despatch. He writes that the lack of tyre covers was a very serious problem in 1944, and the problem would have been solved with the use of treaded tires.
Can anyone explain the purpose of tire covers and why they were so vital?
All the best and thanks,