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Raymond Ernest Grayston - Aircrew Details - Aviation Directory

Raymond Ernest Grayston



Ray Grayston

Name : Raymond Ernest Grayston
Died : 15th April 2010

Ray Grayston had been serving in 50 Squadron when he was posted to 617 Squadron in March 1943. The flight engineer of Les Knight’s Lancaster AJ-N, they attacked and successfully breached the Eder Dam, Ray was shot down on 16th September 1943, and was taken to Stalag Luft III as a POW. Sadly, we have learned that Ray Grayston passed away on 15th April 2010.

Known Service Details :

Squadron

Rank

Start of Service

End of Service

Known Dates

Aircraft

Airframes

Notes

No.617 Sqn RAF

Sergeant

unknown

unknown

Lancaster

ED912

No.50 Sqn RAF

unknown

unknown

Artwork signed by this Pilot or Aircrew



The Dambusters by Simon Smith.

Operation Chastise - The Dambusters by Philip West. (AP)

Every Second Counts - The Dambusters by Philip West. (AP)


Dambusters by Anthony Saunders.

Inbound to Target - The Dambusters by Robert Taylor.


The Dambusters by Gerald Coulson.


Homeward Bound by Nicolas Trudgian.


Breaching the Eder by Simon Smith. (B)


Summer Harvest by Gerald Coulson. (AP)

Dambusters - The Impossible Mission by Robert Taylor.


Dambusters - The Morning After by Gerald Coulson.

Night of Heroes - The Dambusters by Philip West. (AP)

Enemy Coast Ahead - The Dambusters by Philip West. (AP)


Breaching the Dams by Nicolas Trudgian.

Dambusters - Breaching the Eder Dam by Robert Taylor.


Bomb Away! The Third Assault by Robert Taylor.

The Dambusters - Three Good Bounces by Robert Taylor. (AP)


A Lincolnshire Sunset 1944 by Gerald Coulson (AP)

Artwork with companion print(s) signed by this Pilot or Aircrew


The Dambusters - Last Moments of the Möhne Dam by Robert Taylor. (C)

Artwork with companion print(s) featuring the mounted signature of this Pilot or Aircrew


On Course for the Möhne Dam by Richard Taylor. (B)

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Ray Grayston




Squadrons :
No.617 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
Leslie Gordon Knight
Raymond Ernest Grayston
Harold Sidney Hobday
Robert George Thomas Kellow
Edward Cuthbert Johnson
Frederick E Sutherland
Harry O'Brien
Historical Notes :
03-05-1943 - Joined No.617 Sqn with code AJ-N.
16-05-1943 - Took part in the Dambusters raid as part of the first wave. Successfully bombed the Eder dam, causing it to be breached. Returned to base safely. Crew : Pilot Officer Leslie Gordon Knight (Pilot), Sergeant Raymond Ernest Grayston (Flight Engineer), Flying Officer Harold Sidney Hobday (Navigator), Flight Sergeant Robert George Thomas Kellow (Wireless Operator), Flying Officer Edward Cuthbert Johnson (Bomb Aimer), Sergeant Frederick E Sutherland (Front Gunner), Sergeant Harry E O'Brien (Rear Gunner).
26-09-1946 - Scrapped.

Known Individual Aircraft :

Type

Serial

Codes

First Flew

Squadron History

Aircrew History

History Notes

Engine

Factory

Lancaster

ED912

AJ-N

-

details

details

details




Aircraft for : Raymond Ernest Grayston
A list of all aircraft associated with Raymond Ernest Grayston. A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.
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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.



Squadrons for : Raymond Ernest Grayston
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No.50 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 15th May 1916
Fate : Disbanded 31st March 1984

From defence to attack

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No.50 Sqn RAF

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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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No.617 Sqn RAF

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Last edited : 17:19, October 28, 2013
Last editor : kc

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