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William Douglas Bickle - Aircrew Details - Aviation Directory

William Douglas Bickle


Name : William Douglas Bickle
Died : 23rd September 1943

He was Wireless Operator of Lancaster ED924 AJ-Y of No.617 Sqn for the Dambusters raid of 16th - 17th May 1943. His aircraft did not find a target for their Upkeep mine due to weather and navigation difficulties. The aircraft returned safely with the mine still attached. He was later killed in action on 23rd September 1943.

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No.617 Sqn RAF

Sergeant

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Lancaster

ED924




Squadrons :
No.617 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
Cyril Thorpe Anderson
Robert Campbell Patterson
John Percival Nugent
William Douglas Bickle
John Gilbert Green
Eric Ewan
Arthur William Buck
Historical Notes :
30-04-1943 - Joined No.617 Sqn with code AJ-Y.
16-05-1943 - Took part in the Dambusters raid. Attempts to find targets thwarted by navigation and weather issues. Returned safely with mine still in place. Crew : Flight Sergeant Cyril Thorpe Anderson (Pilot), Sergeant Robert Campbell Patterson (Flight Engineer), Sergeant John Percival Nugent (Navigator), Sergeant William Douglas Bickle (Wireless Operator), Sergeant John Gilbert Green (Bomb Aimer), Sergeant Eric Ewan (Front Gunner), Sergeant Arthur William Buck (Rear Gunner).
26-09-1946 - Scrapped.

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ED924

AJ-Y

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Aircraft for : William Douglas Bickle
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Lancaster



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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.



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No.617 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 23rd March 1943

Apres mois, le deluge - After me, the flood

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Last edited : 15:07, May 22, 2013
Last editor : kc
First created : 15:06, May 22, 2013
Created by : kc

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