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Lancaster ED937 - Aircraft Details - Aviation Directory

Lancaster ED937


Type : Lancaster
Last Flew : 17th May 1943
Known Codes :
AJ-Z


Known information
14th May 1943Joined No.617 Sqn with code AJ-Z.
16th May 1943Took part in the Dambusters raid as part of the first wave. Released bomb at the Eder dam, but the bomb bounced over the dam and exploded on the other side, damaging the aircraft. Shot down by flak over Emmerich on the return journey from the dams, with no survivors. Crew : Squadron Leader Henry Eric Maudslay (Pilot), Sergeant John Marriott (Flight Engineer), Flying Officer Robert Alexander Urquhart (Navigator), Warrant Officer Allan Preston Cottam (Wireless Operator), Pilot Officer Michael John David Fuller (Bomb Aimer), Flying Officer William John Tytherleigh (Front Gunner), Sergeant Norman Rupert Burrows (Rear Gunner).



Pilots and Aircrew who flew : Lancaster ED937
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Burrows, Norman Rupert
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Burrows, Norman Rupert

Killed on 17th May 1943 when his Lancaster ED937 AJ-Z of No.617 Sqn was shot down by flak over Emmerich on the return journey from the Dambusters raid. He was Rear Gunner of the aircraft that attacked the Eder dam, its bomb bouncing over the structure and exploding beyond, probably damaging the Lancaster.
Cottam, Allen Preston
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Cottam, Allen Preston

Killed on 17th May 1943 when his Lancaster ED937 AJ-Z of No.617 Sqn was shot down by flak over Emmerich on the return journey from the Dambusters raid. He was Wireless Operator of the aircraft that attacked the Eder dam, its bomb bouncing over the structure and exploding beyond, probably damaging the Lancaster.
Fuller, Michael John David
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Fuller, Michael John David

Killed on 17th May 1943 when his Lancaster ED937 AJ-Z of No.617 Sqn was shot down by flak over Emmerich on the return journey from the Dambusters raid. He was Bomb Aimer of the aircraft that attacked the Eder dam, its bomb bouncing over the structure and exploding beyond, probably damaging the Lancaster.
Marriott, John
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Marriott, John

Killed on 17th May 1943 when his Lancaster ED937 AJ-Z of No.617 Sqn was shot down by flak over Emmerich on the return journey from the Dambusters raid. He was Flight Engineer of the aircraft that attacked the Eder dam, its bomb bouncing over the structure and exploding beyond, probably damaging the Lancaster.
Maudslay, Henry Eric
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Maudslay, Henry Eric

Killed on 17th May 1943 when his Lancaster ED937 AJ-Z of No.617 Sqn was shot down by flak over Emmerich on the return journey from the Dambusters raid. He was Pilot of the aircraft that attacked the Eder dam, its bomb bouncing over the structure and exploding beyond, probably damaging the Lancaster.
Tytherleigh, William John
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Tytherleigh, William John

Killed on 17th May 1943 when his Lancaster ED937 AJ-Z of No.617 Sqn was shot down by flak over Emmerich on the return journey from the Dambusters raid. He was Front Gunner of the aircraft that attacked the Eder dam, its bomb bouncing over the structure and exploding beyond, probably damaging the Lancaster.
Urquhart, Robert Alexander
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Urquhart, Robert Alexander

Killed on 17th May 1943 when his Lancaster ED937 AJ-Z of No.617 Sqn was shot down by flak over Emmerich on the return journey from the Dambusters raid. He was Navigator of the aircraft that attacked the Eder dam, its bomb bouncing over the structure and exploding beyond, probably damaging the Lancaster.



Squadrons for : Lancaster ED937
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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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