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Type : Lancaster
Last Flew : 29th July 1947
Known Codes :
|30th April 1943||Joined No.617 Sqn with code AJ-P.|
|16th May 1943||Took part in the Dambusters raid. Successfully dropped mine which veered left after dropping and exploded at side of Mohne dam. The aircraft returned home safely. Crew : Flight Lieutenant Harold Bronlow Morgan Martin (Pilot), Pilot Officer Ivan Whittaker (Flight Engineer), Flight Lieutenant Jack Frederick Leggo (Navigator), Flying Officer Leonard Chambers (Wireless Operator), Flight Lieutenant Robert Claude Hay (Bomb Aimer), Pilot Officer Bertie Towner Foxlee (Front Gunner), Flight Sergeant Thomas Drayton Simpson (Rear Gunner).|
|August 1946||Joined No.61 Sqn with code YF-B.|
|29th July 1947||Scrapped.|
|Pilots and Aircrew who flew : Lancaster ED909|
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| Chambers, Leonard |
Flew as Wireless Operator on Lancaster ED909 AJ-P of No.617 Sqn on 16th May 1943 for the Dambusters raid. Their aircraft dropped their mine which exploded off to the side of the Mohne dam. The aircraft returned safely.
|Foxlee, Bertie Towner|
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| Foxlee, Bertie Towner |
Flew as Front Gunner on Lancaster ED909 AJ-P of No.617 Sqn on 16th May 1943 for the Dambusters raid. Their aircraft dropped their mine which exploded off to the side of the Mohne dam. The aircraft returned safely.
|Hay, Robert Claude|
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| Hay, Robert Claude |
Flew as Bomb Aimer on Lancaster ED909 AJ-P of No.617 Sqn on 16th May 1943 for the Dambusters raid. Their aircraft dropped their mine which exploded off to the side of the Mohne dam. The aircraft returned safely. He was later killed in action on 13th February 1944.
|Leggo, Jack Frederick|
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| Leggo, Jack Frederick |
Flew as Navigator on Lancaster ED909 AJ-P of No.617 Sqn on 16th May 1943 for the Dambusters raid. Their aircraft dropped their mine which exploded off to the side of the Mohne dam. The aircraft returned safely.
|Martin, Harold Brownlow Morgan Mick|
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| Martin, Harold Brownlow Morgan Mick |
Born 27th February 1918, Australian Mick Martin joined the RAF in 1940 and had flown tours with 455 Squadron RAAF and 50 Squadron RAF before joining Guy Gibson at 617 Squadron. Pilot of Lancaster ED909 AJ-P of No.617 Sqn, Mick Martin was Deputy Leader of the Dams Raid and flew in Gibsons lead group. Third aircraft to attack the Mohne Dam, he was awarded the DSO for his part in the raid. Mick Martin later served with Leonard Cheshire, and went on to a distinguished career after the war. ADC to the Queen in 1963, he eventually retired from the RAF as an Air Marshal in 1974. Mick Martin died 3rd November 1988.
|Simpson, Thomas Drayton|
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| Simpson, Thomas Drayton |
Flew as Rear Gunner on Lancaster ED909 AJ-P of No.617 Sqn on 16th May 1943 for the Dambusters raid. Their aircraft dropped their mine which exploded off to the side of the Mohne dam. The aircraft returned safely.
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| Whittaker, Ivan |
Flew as Flight Engineer on Lancaster ED909 AJ-P of No.617 Sqn on 16th May 1943 for the Dambusters raid. Their aircraft dropped their mine which exploded off to the side of the Mohne dam. The aircraft returned safely.
|Squadrons for : Lancaster ED909|
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No.61 Sqn RAF
Country : UK
Founded : 25th July 1917
Fate : Disbanded 31st March 1958
Per prurum tonantes - Thundering through the clear sky
|No.61 Sqn RAF|
On July 1917 at RAF Rochford in Essex No.61 Squadron was formed and along with two other squadrons formed the London Air Defence Area intended to counter the daylight air raids. 61 squadron was equipped with the Sopwith Pup. The squadron first went into action on 12 thAugust, when a formation of 10 German Gotha bombers were seen over the Thames. Sixteen Sopwith Pups of No.61 Squadron took off to intercept them and succeeded in turning the enemy back, but not before two bombs had been dropped near No.61s hangars on Rochford Aerodrome. In 1918, 61 squadron was re-equipped with SE5s. When the armistice had been signed and the war was over 61 squadron was disbanded on 13th June 1919. No. 61 Squadron was re-formed on 8th March 1937 as a bomber squadron, and initially flying Hawker Audax, then the Avro Anson, followed by the Bristol Blenheim and during World War II flew with No. 5 Group, Bomer Command flying the Handley Page Hampden. The squadrons first operational mission was on 25th December 1939. The squadron then was equipped with the Avro Manchester. The slow delivery of the Manchester meant that the squadron operated both aircraft from July 1941 when the first Manchesters arrived, through to October 1941 when the use of the last of the Hampdens stopped. The squadron struggled on with the Manchester before converting to the Avro Lancaster in 1942, which 61 squadron flew for the rest of the war. Four of its Lancasters; ED860 N-Nan, EE176, JB138, and LL483, each served on more than 100 operational sorties. Records show that in the case of the first three aircraft, the long road to their centuries included participation in the raid on 3/4 November 1943, when Flt Lt William Reid of No. 61 Squadron won the Victoria Cross. After the war No. 61 Squadron re-equipped with Avro Lincolns in May 1946 and saw action in Malaya during Operation Firedog and during the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya. In 1954 at RAF Wittering, 61 Squadron was equipped with the new English Electric Canberra. The Canberras of the squadron were used during the Suez Crisis in 1956. Finally on March 31st 1958, 61 squadron wasd disbanded.
No.617 Sqn RAF
Country : UK
Founded : 23rd March 1943
Apres mois, le deluge - After me, the flood
|No.617 Sqn RAF|
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|Aircraft type : Lancaster|
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Manufacturer : Avro
Production Began : 1942
Retired : 1963
Number Built : 7377
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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