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Squadron Leader George L. Johnson DFM
*Signature Value : £40
|Joining the RAF in 1940, George Johnson served with 97 Squadron before joining 617 Squadron. Bomb aimer on American Joe McCarthys Lancaster AJ-T, they attacked the Sorpe Dam, for which he was awarded the DFM. Commissioned a few months later, George retired from the RAF in 1962.|
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|The Aircraft :|
|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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|RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES|
|388th Fighter Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|711th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington R1009 :|
|Lieutenant Colonel Archie F Maltbie added to aircrew database :|
Flying with the Hell Hawks from May 1944 he was forced to bail out in August after shooting down an Me109 which exploded. Evading capture he returned to the unit. As well as ground attack missions he also downed a Ju88 on 15th March 1945.
|Blenheim Mk.IV L9270 of No.82 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|New victory claim added : Me109 (Probable victory.) claimed on 11th November 1940 by Robert Innes of No.253 Sqn RAF|
|749th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Lieutenant Commander Dick Best : Aircraft updated (added Dauntless), Squadrons updated (added VB-6), Squadron service dates updated, Rank updated (now Lieutenant Commander)|
|Major Allen V Mundt added to aircrew database :|
Joining the Hell Hawks at Chievre, Belgium in November 1944 he flew 58 combat missions during the Battle of the Bulge and the push through Germany. On two occasions his aircraft was hit by 20mm cannon while low level strafing and bombing.
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Warrant Officer John Harrison :|
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