Handley Page Halifax, Though gradually superceded by the Avro Lancaster, which had a heavier bomb load, it remained in RAF Bomber Command service till the end of and was well liked by its crews - not least because it was easier to exit if hit.
The Bomb of the RAF lives up to its nickname “Grand Slam”. The picture shows one leaving a Lancaster bomber during an attack on the famous viaduct at Arnsberg, south east of Hamm, on March and another picture showing the bomb exploding on the target.
Royal Air Force armourers check over the sixteen bombs before they are loaded into a Short Stirling bomber (s/n of No. 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit at Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire. was one of the first Stirlings built by Short and Harland at Belfast.
The ground crew of RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, May 1944 'bomb up' a Lancaster of Squadron RAAF writing on a 'Cookie' lb HC (High Capacity) bomb) Not Out' to mark the recorded operation of the Lancaster PO-S [AWM