I have put these two photographs together because they serve to demonstrate the methodical,
systematic rebuilding process as explained in Peter Holtham’s book. It is both interesting
and poignant that the R1155 was never designed to be disassembled once assembled.
Since the life of a bomber during the peak of Bomber Command’s campaign in WW2 was
measured in weeks, typically three! As a result, the front panel was welded to the
chassis and could not be removed. As a result the order of reassembly has to be chosen
very carefully and occasionally appears haphazard. For instance, the 9-