This is the 'Ruhr Express" insignia on one the first Lancaster
bomber built at the Victory Aircraft
plant in the Ontario community of Malton and displayed at the Canadian Air & Space Museum
.These very successful and numerous aircraft were used for bombing raids
into continental Europe.
This doggerel expresses the sentiments of the builders of the Lancaster bombers.
THE RUHR EXPRESS-by George Sins; 6 August, 1943 (an employee of Victory Aircraft Ltd.)
May the Gods above you ever bless,
And keep you safe, the Ruhr Express,
May you do your job and do it well,
And blow the Axis clean to hell.
We saw you born, you wondrous thing,
We watched you grow and then take
May you fly long through war-torn days,
And give us cause to sing your praise.
The job is hard you have to do,
But, we have faith you'll see it through,
May we have ever cause to bless,
Our new ship born, the 'Ruhr Express.'
We gaave waited long to see the day,
When you would take wings and fly
At last you roar a thunderous tune,
And Hitler too will hear it soon.
So hgere;s to you the 'Ruhr Express,'
Speed on your way, may Heaven bless,
Your every effort this war to cease,
So once again we live in peace.
Here's to the men your gallant crew,
The RCAF who will see you through,
God Save The King, may Heaven bless
Your crew and you, the 'Ruhr Express.'