The Packard Merlin Rolls-Royce Engine and Avro [Canadian] Lancaster Bomber

Added information from Canada!!

Lest We Forget

Research and article by Clarence Simonsen

Packard Merlin Rolls-Royce Engine - image 1

This classic 1939 British poster celebrates fifty years of British aviation design and aircraft production, as the topless English lady looks to the beginning of her dark war-torn future. The next five war years will bring together the development of British and American aircraft and aero-engines which will effect combatant air forces until the end of the hostilities in May 1945. My story will be told by poster ads used in that time period, also demonstrating how the Canadian built Lancaster Mk. X bomber idea was created and constructed using North American engines and parts.

Packard Merlin Rolls-Royce Engine - image 2

This pre-war British ad possibly appeared in 1938, when the first production Spitfire Mk. I fighters were delivered to No. 19 and 66 RAF Squadrons. The prototype Spitfire was fitted with the first Rolls-Royce Merlin engine and flew in March 1936, setting a world record of 342 mph [547.2…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on August 29, 2015, in WWII and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 38 Comments.

  1. I’m a little slow, downloaded Windows 10 and it’s taken me awhile, with the help of TDS tech guy to get some stuff back. My first thought when I saw this blog and first poster was “wow, bare breasts in 1939, hard to imagine, ha,ha. Anyway the whole article was interesting and the posters great. I have seen some of this info. on the “History Chanel” but not the posters. I have also seen some of these old planes at old Air Force Museums and open houses on Bases. Always fun and very interesting. It is easy to see why they call it the “Greatest Generation.” Thanks GP.

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    • I cancelled my download of Windows 10 and you’re making me happy that I did.
      Good to know you liked the post, that poster became quite the controversy here in the comments – guess you read that, huh? At least she wasn’t built like Dolly Parton….


  2. Freedomborn could have averted their eyes and never uttered a word about the poster, and politely have left without fanfare, with Freedomborn’s and everyone else’s freedom completely preserved. Nevertheless, the story of the engineering of these magnificent aircraft, and the part they played in the deliverance of so many lives from tyranny, is artistically captured in those posters.

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  3. Absolutely compelling and intriguing reading.
    The history and development of those magnificent machines was extraordinary.
    Production for the war effort, was the precursor to technology for Peace after the War.


  4. Do we now have to put up with Porn on Blogs , there are other Posters you could have used, I resent having nudity on a Blog regardless if the picture is well known and accepted by many who don’t seem to care today, it does not make it acceptable because they don’t, anymore than when Artists paint nudes and call it art.

    Would you like a nude man flashing on a Blog you visit GP Cox, a woman’s body is not for public exposure, if you think differently put a Picture of yourself topless, don’t worry I won’t be around to see it..



    • I apologize if this offended you, Anne. Her genitals weren’t showing and a woman’s breasts can be seen in every other National Geographic, so I didn’t think of it one way or the other – to me it is all history. If you feel you have to leave this site, I’m sorry to hear it, but I see no reason for you to be as nasty at the end of your comment as you sounded. Give your brother my best.

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      • Everyone is entitled to their opinion but few would consider a vintage photo of a topless woman remotely resembling the definition of pornography. The human body is a thing of beauty which is why artists and poets have celebrated that fact for eons.


        • Thank you, Michael, I appreciate your vote of confidence. I agree about being allowed an opinion, that’s why I didn’t just delete Anne’s comment. I warned people that some things here might offend, language (although I try to limit cursing, etc.), politically UN-correct terms in the eye witness stories, etc. We’re discussing the history of a huge world war here and such things should be expected now and then. Thank you for your support.

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  5. These advertisements are super interesting, I had not seen this collection of them until now. If you are looking into sightseeing and visiting different sites from the war this is an interesting blog:

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  6. These posters are amazing, GP!
    I will check out the links!
    HUGS for a Sat-Day!!! 🙂

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  7. Topless in 1939!! What an amazing assembly of posters in the original posting!

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  8. Long but interesting. Thanks for sharing it.


  9. Thanks for the link to that ever so interesting article. 🙂
    Have a great weekend,
    P.S.: from Sep. 5 through 7 we’ll have some WWII aircraft here at the Gillespie County airport.

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  10. I’ll have to show this to my British in-laws. They might enjoy it.

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  11. Thanks for finding this. I have always liked the Spitfire.

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  12. A comprehensive and very interesting article, alongside some simply wonderful images from the time. Most enjoyable, GP.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  13. I like the poster of Spritfire.


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