During the summer of 1942, Wing Commander Guy Gibson was the commanding officer of No. 106 Squadron RAF. His Lancaster W-4118 (ZN-L) featured nose art of Mickey Mouse and was named “Admiral Prune”. On 5 February 1943 with another crew on board, W-4118 went missing after an engine fire near Dijon. Another Lancaster, ED-593, then became W/C Gibson’s aircraft. This Lancaster carried the same nose art but was named “Admiral Prune II”. Although only 25 year old, Gibson had completed over 170 operational sorties and had accumulated in excess of 600 flying hours. Many were flown in “Admiral Prune” and “Admiral Prune II”.