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Lancaster ED865 - Aircraft Details - Aviation Directory

Lancaster ED865


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


Known information
19th April 1943Joined No.617 Sqn with code AJ-S.
16th May 1943Took part in the Dambusters Raid. Part of the third wae, but did not reach target. Shot down over Gilze-Rijen airfield in Holland. None of the crew survived. Crew : Pilot Officer Lewis Johnstone Burpee (Pilot), Sergeant Guy Pegler (Flight Engineer), Sergeant Thomas Jaye (Navigator), Pilot Officer Leonard George Weller (Wireless Operator), Flight Sergeant James Lamb Arthur (Bomb Aimer), Sergeant William Charles Arthur Long (Front Gunner), Warrant Officer Joseph Gordon Brady (Rear Gunner).



Pilots and Aircrew who flew : Lancaster ED865
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Arthur, James Lamb
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Arthur, James Lamb

He was Bomb Aimer of Lancaster ED865 AJ-S of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid. His Lancaster was part of the third wave and was shot down over Gilze-Rijen airfield in Holland. None of the crew survived the crash.
Brady, Joseph Gordon
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Brady, Joseph Gordon

He was Rear Gunner of Lancaster ED865 AJ-S of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid. His Lancaster was part of the third wave and was shot down over Gilze-Rijen airfield in Holland. None of the crew survived the crash.
Burpee, Lewis Johnstone
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Burpee, Lewis Johnstone

He was pilot of Lancaster ED865 AJ-S of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid. His Lancaster was part of the third wave and was shot down over Gilze-Rijen airfield in Holland. None of the crew survived the crash.
Jaye, Thomas
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Jaye, Thomas

He was Navigator of Lancaster ED865 AJ-S of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid. His Lancaster was part of the third wave and was shot down over Gilze-Rijen airfield in Holland. None of the crew survived the crash.
Long, William Charles Arthur
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Long, William Charles Arthur

He was Front Gunner of Lancaster ED865 AJ-S of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid. His Lancaster was part of the third wave and was shot down over Gilze-Rijen airfield in Holland. None of the crew survived the crash.
Pegler, Guy
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Pegler, Guy

He was Flight Engineer of Lancaster ED865 AJ-S of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid. His Lancaster was part of the third wave and was shot down over Gilze-Rijen airfield in Holland. None of the crew survived the crash.
Weller, Leonard George
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   Died : 17 / 5 / 1943
Weller, Leonard George

He was Wireless Operator of Lancaster ED865 AJ-S of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid. His Lancaster was part of the third wave and was shot down over Gilze-Rijen airfield in Holland. None of the crew survived the crash.



Squadrons for : Lancaster ED865
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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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