Found the article.
On the ground, as in the air, the same high standards are the rule, and the crews among the Air Force's best tradesmen. They are particularly proud of their aircraft and the hand-polishing is just an outward manifestation of that pride. I may be wearying work, polishing the entire fabric of an aircraft with metal polish and a handful of rag, but it is done by hand because machine buffing would gradually wear down the heads of the aluminum rivets. And, when there are not enough ground crew to do the work, the aircrews themselves take time off from their training and lend a hand. The result: a No.24 Squadron aircraft stands out on an airfield like an "export only" job...
But the exterior glitter is not the only thing that makes them exceptional, Many are "specials" inside as well.
Another of the Dakota Flight's showpieces is Field Marshal Montgomery's aircraft. He designed the interior himself, and in the workmanship and finish its cabin is not like that of Lord Tedder. But the C.I.G.S. has neither a bunks nor gallery. He rarely sleeps or takes meals in the air, but spends most of his time reading and writing.