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Lancaster ED934 - Aircraft Details - Aviation Directory

Lancaster ED934


Type : Lancaster
Last Flew : 16th May 1943
Known Codes :
AJ-K


Known information
03rd May 1943Joined No.617 Sqn with code AJ-K.
16th May 1943Took part in the Dambusters Raid. Shot down by flak off the island of Texel before reaching the Dutch coast. All crew were killed : Pilot Officer Vernon William Byers (Pilot), Sergeant Alistair James Taylor (Flight Engineer), Flying Officer James Herbert Warner (Navigator), Sergeant John Wilkinson (Wireless Operator), Pilot Officer Arthur Neville Whittaker (Bomb Aimer), Sergeant Charles McAllister Jarvie (Fornt Gunner), Flight Sergeant James McDowell (Rear Gunner).



Pilots and Aircrew who flew : Lancaster ED934
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Byers, Vernon William
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1943
Byers, Vernon William

Killed on 16th May 1943. He was Pilot on Lancaster ED934 AJ-K of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid. The aircraft was shot down by flak off the island of Texel prior to reaching the Dutch coast on the outward journey to the dams. The aircraft was the first to be shot down on the raid.
Jarvie, Charles McAllister
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1943
Jarvie, Charles McAllister

Killed on 16th May 1943. He was Front Gunner on Lancaster ED934 AJ-K of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid. The aircraft was shot down by flak off the island of Texel prior to reaching the Dutch coast on the outward journey to the dams. The aircraft was the first to be shot down on the raid.
McDowell, James
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1943
McDowell, James

Killed on 16th May 1943. He was Rear Gunner on Lancaster ED934 AJ-K of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid. The aircraft was shot down by flak off the island of Texel prior to reaching the Dutch coast on the outward journey to the dams. The aircraft was the first to be shot down on the raid.
Taylor, Alistair James
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1943
Taylor, Alistair James

Killed on 16th May 1943. He was Flight Engineer on Lancaster ED934 AJ-K of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid. The aircraft was shot down by flak off the island of Texel prior to reaching the Dutch coast on the outward journey to the dams. The aircraft was the first to be shot down on the raid.
Warner, James Herbert
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1943
Warner, James Herbert

Killed on 16th May 1943. He was Navigator on Lancaster ED934 AJ-K of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid. The aircraft was shot down by flak off the island of Texel prior to reaching the Dutch coast on the outward journey to the dams. The aircraft was the first to be shot down on the raid.
Whittaker, Arthur Neville
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1943
Whittaker, Arthur Neville

Killed on 16th May 1943. He was Bomb Aimer on Lancaster ED934 AJ-K of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid. The aircraft was shot down by flak off the island of Texel prior to reaching the Dutch coast on the outward journey to the dams. The aircraft was the first to be shot down on the raid.
Wilkinson, John
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1943
Wilkinson, John

Killed on 16th May 1943. He was Wireless Operator on Lancaster ED934 AJ-K of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid. The aircraft was shot down by flak off the island of Texel prior to reaching the Dutch coast on the outward journey to the dams. The aircraft was the first to be shot down on the raid.



Squadrons for : Lancaster ED934
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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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RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES
New victory claim added : Me110 claimed on 15th September 1940 by Jozef Jeka of No.238 Sqn RAF
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Pilot Officer Rainford Gent Marland : First name updated (now Rainford Gent), Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Aircraft updated (added Hurricane), Squadrons updated (added No.229 Sqn RAF), Airframes updated (added Hurricane Z5617), Squadron service dates updated, Rank updated (now Pilot Officer)
New victory claim added : Fw190 claimed on 2nd May 1943 by Stanislaw Brzeski of No.302 Sqn RAF
Pilot Officer Geoffrey Charles Smith added to aircrew database :
Killed on 4th July 1943 when his Stirling BK718 WP-M of No.90 Sqn was shot down and crashed near Cologne. He is buried in Overloon War Cemetery.
349th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Pilot Officer Jim Weston : Squadron service dates updated
Stirling EH907 (WP-O) of No.90 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.
Sergeant Robert Freeland added to aircrew database :
Killed aged 22 on 4th July 1943 when his Stirling BK718 WP-M of No.90 Sqn was shot down and crashed near Cologne. He is buried in Overloon War Cemetery. Son of John and Marion Freeland, of Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Aircraftsman 1 Edwin Vick : First name updated (now Edwin), Service number updated (now 540323), Squadron service dates updated
401st Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.
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