Aviation Art Prints .com Home Page
Order Helpline (UK) : 01436 820269

You currently have no items in your basket

Join us on Facebook!

Payment Options Display
Buy with confidence and security!
Publishing historical art since 1985

Follow us on Twitter!
SEE HALF PRICE AND FREE PRINT SPECIAL OFFER AVIATION ART PRINTS - ALL SALES FUND OUR HISTORICAL DATABASES - CLICK HERE
Don't Miss Any Special Deals - Sign Up To Our Newsletter!
Aircraft
Search
Squadron
Search
Artist
Search
Signature
Search

Product Search         
Click Here For Full Artist Print Indexes Aviation History Archive



Lawrence William Nichols - Aircrew Details - Aviation Directory

Lawrence William Nichols


Name : Lawrence William Nichols
Died : 17th May 1943

He was Wireless Operator on Lancaster ED887 AJ-A of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters raid of 16th - 17th May 1943. As part of the first wave, the aircraft successfully dropped its Upkeep mine and began the breach in the Mohne dam. Over the Dutch coast on the return leg, the aircraft was shot down with no survivors.

Known Service Details :

Squadron

Rank

Start of Service

End of Service

Known Dates

Aircraft

Airframes

Notes

No.617 Sqn RAF

Sergeant

unknown

17th May 1943

Lancaster

ED887

Killed in Action




Squadrons :
No.617 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
Henry Melvin Young
David Taylor Horsfall
Charles Walpole Roberts
Lawrence William Nichols
Vincent Sandford MacCausland
Gordon Arthur Yeo
Wilfred Ibbotson
Historical Notes :
17-04-1943 - Joined No.617 Sqn with code AJ-A.
16-05-1943 - Took part in the Dambusters raid as part of the first wave. Successfully dropped Upkeep mine and began the breach in the Mohne Dam. Shot down over the Dutch coast returning from the raid, with no survivors. Crew : Squadron Leader Henry Melvin Young (Pilot), Sergeant David Taylor Horsfall (Flight Engineer), Flight Sergeant Charles Walpole Roberts (Navigator), Sergeant Lawrence William Nichols (Wireless Operator), Flying Officer Vincent Sandford MacCausland (Bomb Aimer), Sergeant Gordon Arthur Yeo (Front Gunner), Sergeant Wilfred Ibbotson (Rear Gunner).

Known Individual Aircraft :

Type

Serial

Codes

First Flew

Squadron History

Aircrew History

History Notes

Engine

Factory

Lancaster

ED887

AJ-A

-

details

details

details




Aircraft for : Lawrence William Nichols
A list of all aircraft associated with Lawrence William Nichols. A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.
AircraftInfo

Lancaster



Click the name above to see prints featuring Lancaster aircraft.

Manufacturer : Avro
Production Began : 1942
Retired : 1963
Number Built : 7377

Lancaster

The Avro Lancaster arose from the avro Manchester and the first prototype Lancaster was a converted Manchester with four engines. The Lancaster was first flown in January 1941, and started operations in March 1942. By March 1945 The Royal Air Force had 56 squadrons of Lancasters with the first squadron equipped being No.44 Squadron. During World War Two the Avro Lancaster flew 156,000 sorties and dropped 618,378 tonnes of bombs between 1942 and 1945. Lancaster Bomberss took part in the devastating round-the-clock raids on Hamburg during Air Marshall Harris' Operation Gomorrah in July 1943. Just 35 Lancasters completed more than 100 successful operations each, and 3,249 were lost in action. The most successful survivor completed 139 operations, and the Lancaster was scrapped after the war in 1947. A few Lancasters were converted into tankers and the two tanker aircraft were joined by another converted Lancaster and were used in the Berlin Airlift, achieving 757 tanker sorties. A famous Lancaster bombing raid was the 1943 mission, codenamed Operation Chastise, to destroy the dams of the Ruhr Valley. The operation was carried out by 617 Squadron in modified Mk IIIs carrying special drum shaped bouncing bombs designed by Barnes Wallis. Also famous was a series of Lancaster attacks using Tallboy bombs against the German battleship Tirpitz, which first disabled and later sank the ship. The Lancaster bomber was the basis of the new Avro Lincoln bomber, initially known as the Lancaster IV and Lancaster V. (Becoming Lincoln B1 and B2 respectively.) Their Lancastrian airliner was also based on the Lancaster but was not very successful. Other developments were the Avro York and the successful Shackleton which continued in airborne early warning service up to 1992.



Squadrons for : Lawrence William Nichols
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Lawrence William Nichols. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
SquadronInfo

No.617 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 23rd March 1943

Apres mois, le deluge - After me, the flood

Click the name above to see prints featuring aircraft of No.617 Sqn RAF

No.617 Sqn RAF

Full profile not yet available.




First created : 11:38, May 20, 2013
Created by : kc

Return to Aviation Directory Search Home

See our aviation history timeline for all today's historical aviation events - air victories, aircraft losses and pilot details.

RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES
Hurricane Mk.IIb Z5617 of No.229 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.
Updates made to Aircrew database for : S. J. Congdon : Squadrons updated (added No.51 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated
Updates made to Aircrew database for : R. Anderson : Squadrons updated (added No.83 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated
Updates made to Aircrew database for : : Airframes updated
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Leading Aircraftsman H Cooke : Squadron service dates updated
New victory claim added : Me109 (Probable victory.) claimed on 11th November 1940 by Robert Innes of No.253 Sqn RAF
Warrant Officer David Fraser added to aircrew database :
Was on his 4th Operation as a Rear Gunner with 115 Sqn on Wellingtons when he was shot down by night fighters on a raid to Hamburg on 10th May 1941. He then spent 4 years as a Prisoner of War.
349th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Flight Lieutenant Brian Beattie : Squadron service dates updated
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Aircraftsman 1 D. W. Barker : First name updated (now D. W.), Squadron service dates updated
SEARCH OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES

 

Our Aviation History Databases are funded by aviation art sales from this site.

Contact Details
Shipping Info
Terms and Conditions
Classified Ads
Valuations

Join us on Facebook!

Sign Up To Our Newsletter!

Stay up to date with all our latest offers, deals and events as well as new releases and exclusive subscriber content!

This website is owned by Cranston Fine Arts.  Torwood House, Torwoodhill Road, Rhu, Helensburgh, Scotland, G848LE

Contact: Tel: (+44) (0) 1436 820269.  Fax: (+44) (0) 1436 820473. Email:

Follow us on Twitter!

Return to Home Page