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Lancaster ED864 - Aircraft Details - Aviation Directory

Lancaster ED864


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


Known information
16th May 1943Took part in the Dambusters Raid. Destroyed after hitting pylon / power cables en route to the target. All crew were killed. Crew : Flight Lieutenant William Astell (Pilot), Sergeant John Kinnear (Flight Engineer), Pilot Officer Floyd Alkwin Wile (Navigator), Warrant Officer Abram Garshowitz (Wireless Operator), Flying Officer Donald Hopkinson (Bomb Aimer), Flight Sergeant Francis Antony Garbas (Front Gunner), Sergeant Richard Bolitho (Rear Gunner).



Pilots and Aircrew who flew : Lancaster ED864
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Astell, William
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Astell, William

He was Pilot on Lancaster ED864 AJ-B on the Dambusters Raid. He and the rest of the crew were killed when the aircraft struck a pylon or power cables en route to the target.
Bolitho, Richard
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Bolitho, Richard

He was Rear Gunner on Lancaster ED864 AJ-B on the Dambusters Raid. He and the rest of the crew were killed when the aircraft struck a pylon or power cables en route to the target.
Garbas, Francis Antony
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Garbas, Francis Antony

He was Front Gunner on Lancaster ED864 AJ-B on the Dambusters Raid. He and the rest of the crew were killed when the aircraft struck a pylon or power cables en route to the target.
Garshowitz, Abram
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Garshowitz, Abram

He was Wireless Operator on Lancaster ED864 AJ-B on the Dambusters Raid. He and the rest of the crew were killed when the aircraft struck a pylon or power cables en route to the target.
Hopkinson, Donald
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Hopkinson, Donald

He was Bomb Aimer on Lancaster ED864 AJ-B on the Dambusters Raid. He and the rest of the crew were killed when the aircraft struck a pylon or power cables en route to the target.
Kinnear, John
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Kinnear, John

He was Flight Engineer on Lancaster ED864 AJ-B on the Dambusters Raid. He and the rest of the crew were killed when the aircraft struck a pylon or power cables en route to the target.
Wile, Floyd Alkwin
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Wile, Floyd Alkwin

He was Navigator on Lancaster ED864 AJ-B on the Dambusters Raid. He and the rest of the crew were killed when the aircraft struck a pylon or power cables en route to the target.



Squadrons for : Lancaster ED864
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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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