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Lancaster ED918 - Aircraft Details - Aviation Directory

Lancaster ED918


Type : Lancaster
Last Flew : 20th January 1944
Known Codes :
AJ-F


Known information
30th April 1943Joined No.617 Sqn with code AJ-F.
16th May 1943Took part in the Dambusters Raid. Part of the third wave, the aircraft dropped its mine on the Sorpe dam, but the dam held firm. The gunners had shot up a train en route to the target. The aircraft returned to base safely. Crew : Flight Sergeant Kenneth William Brown (Pilot), Sergeant Harry Basil Feneron (Flight Engineer), Sergeant Dudley Percy Heal (Navigator), Sergeant Harry J Hewstone (Wireless Operator), Sergeant Stefan Oancia (Bomb Aimer), Sergeant Daniel Allatson (Front Gunner), Flight Sergeant Grant S MacDonald (Rear Gunner).
20th January 1944Crashed on a training flight. Flight Lieutenant T V O'Shuaghnessy killed, Flying Officer A D Holding killed, Flying Officer G A Kendrick injured, Flying Officer A Ward injured.



Pilots and Aircrew who flew : Lancaster ED918
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Allatson, Daniel
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   Died : 16 / 9 / 1943
Allatson, Daniel

He was Front Gunner on Lancaster ED918 AJ-F on the Dambusters Raid. The aircraft shot up a train on the way to the target which was the Sorpe dam. The Lancaster successfully dropped its mine and hit the dam, but the solid earthen dam was never breached. He was subsequently killed in action on 16th September 1943.
Brown, Kenneth William
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   Died : 23 / 12 / 2002
Brown, Kenneth William

Born 20th August 1920. Joined the Canadian Air Force in 1941, and joined No.617 Sqn in 1943. He was Pilot on Lancaster ED918 AJ-F on the Dambusters Raid. The aircraft shot up a train on the way to the target which was the Sorpe dam. The Lancaster successfully dropped its mine and hit the dam, but the solid earthen dam was never breached. Ken Brown died 23rd December 2002.
Feneron, Harry Basil
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Feneron, Harry Basil

He was Flight Engineer on Lancaster ED918 AJ-F on the Dambusters Raid. The aircraft shot up a train on the way to the target which was the Sorpe dam. The Lancaster successfully dropped its mine and hit the dam, but the solid earthen dam was never breached.
Heal, Dudley Percy
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   Died : 0 / 2 / 1999
Heal, Dudley Percy

Sergeant Dudley Heal Navigator AJ-F, born 1916 Hampshire.
RAF 1940
Uxbridge 29.3.1940
Reserve 30.3.1940
Uxbridge 8.5.1940
4 RC 14.5.1940
Wyton 1.6.1940
Southampton 20.6.1940
53 OTU 10.3.1941
1 RW 10.5.1941
8 ITW 17.5.1941
PTC,Toronto,Canada 19.7.1941
31 PD 18.11.1941
Moncton
31 PD 9.5.1942
3 PDC 18.5.1942
3 (O) AFU 20.6.1942
19 OTU 18.8.1942
434 Squadron 22.12.1942
44 Squadron 4.2.1943 (6 ops)
617 Squadron 25.3.1943
navigator
award DFM (28.5.1943) (Dams)
29 OTU 26.3.1944
214 Squadron 8.2.1945
2 Embarkation Unit,Southampton 11.9.1945
released 11.3.1946
worked at Southampton Docks in the 1970's. Is thought to have passed away in Southampton around February 1999. He was Navigator on Lancaster ED918 AJ-F on the Dambusters Raid. The aircraft shot up a train on the way to the target which was the Sorpe dam. The Lancaster successfully dropped its mine and hit the dam, but the solid earthen dam was never breached.
Hewstone, Harry J
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Hewstone, Harry J

He was Wireless Operator on Lancaster ED918 AJ-F on the Dambusters Raid. The aircraft shot up a train on the way to the target which was the Sorpe dam. The Lancaster successfully dropped its mine and hit the dam, but the solid earthen dam was never breached.
Holding, A D
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   Died : 20 / 1 / 1944
Holding, A D

Killed on 20th January 1944 when his Lancaster ED918 AJ-F of No.617 Sqn crashed on a training flight.
Kendrick, G A
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Kendrick, G A

Injured on 20th January 1944 when his Lancaster ED918 AJ-F of No.617 Sqn crashed on a training flight.
MacDonald, Grant S
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   Died : 13 / 5 / 2012
MacDonald, Grant S

He was Rear Gunner on Lancaster ED918 AJ-F on the Dambusters Raid. The aircraft shot up a train on the way to the target which was the Sorpe dam. The Lancaster successfully dropped its mine and hit the dam, but the solid earthen dam was never breached. Sadly, we have learned that Grant S MacDonald passed away in May 2012.
O'Shaughnessy, T V
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   Died : 20 / 1 / 1944
O'Shaughnessy, T V

Killed on 20th January 1944 when his Lancaster ED918 AJ-F of No.617 Sqn crashed on a training flight.
Oancia, Stefan
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   Died : 15 / 5 / 1999
Oancia, Stefan

Born in Stonehenge, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1923, Sgt. Stefan Oancia enlisted in the RCAF on the 1st of August 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 December 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 25 May 1942). He was Bomb Aimer on Lancaster ED918 AJ-F on the Dambusters Raid. The aircraft shot up a train on the way to the target which was the Sorpe dam. The Lancaster successfully dropped its mine and hit the dam, but the solid earthen dam was never breached. He survived the raid and the war and was awarded the DFM, presented at Buckingham Palace on 22nd June 1943. Sadly he passed away on the 15th of May 1999.
Ward, A
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Ward, A

Injured on 20th January 1944 when his Lancaster ED918 AJ-F of No.617 Sqn crashed on a training flight.



Squadrons for : Lancaster ED918
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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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Aircraft type : Lancaster
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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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