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Lancaster ED927 - Aircraft Details - Aviation Directory

Lancaster ED927


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


Known information
03rd May 1943Joined No.617 Sqn with code AJ-E.
16th May 1943Took part in the Dambusters Raid as part of the second wave. Reportedly hit power cables and crashed with no survivors. Crew : Flight Lieutenant Robert Norman George Barlow (Pilot), Pilot Officer Samuel Leslie Whillis (Flight Engineer), Flying Officer Phillip Sidney Burgess (Navigator), Flying Officer Charles Rowland Williams (Wireless Operator), Pilot Officer Alan Gillespie (Bomb Aimer), Flying Officer Harvey Stirling Glinz (Front Gunner), Sergeant Jack Robert George Liddell (Rear Gunner).



Pilots and Aircrew who flew : Lancaster ED927
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Barlow, Robert Norman George
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1943
Barlow, Robert Norman George

He was Pilot of Lancaster ED927 AJ-E of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid of 16th - 17th May 1943. His Lancaster was part of the second wave but never reached the target. The aircraft reportedly hit power lines and crashed near Haldern. None of the crew survived.
Burgess, Phillip Sidney
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1943
Burgess, Phillip Sidney

He was Navigator of Lancaster ED927 AJ-E of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid of 16th - 17th May 1943. His Lancaster was part of the second wave but never reached the target. The aircraft reportedly hit power lines and crashed near Haldern. None of the crew survived.
Gillespie, Alan
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1943
Gillespie, Alan

He was Bomb Aimer of Lancaster ED927 AJ-E of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid of 16th - 17th May 1943. His Lancaster was part of the second wave but never reached the target. The aircraft reportedly hit power lines and crashed near Haldern. None of the crew survived.
Glinz, Harvey Stirling
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1943
Glinz, Harvey Stirling

He was Front Gunner of Lancaster ED927 AJ-E of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid of 16th - 17th May 1943. His Lancaster was part of the second wave but never reached the target. The aircraft reportedly hit power lines and crashed near Haldern. None of the crew survived.
Liddell, Jack Robert George
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1943
Liddell, Jack Robert George

He was Rear Gunner of Lancaster ED927 AJ-E of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid of 16th - 17th May 1943. His Lancaster was part of the second wave but never reached the target. The aircraft reportedly hit power lines and crashed near Haldern. None of the crew survived.
Whillis, Samuel Leslie
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1943
Whillis, Samuel Leslie

He was Flight Engineer of Lancaster ED927 AJ-E of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid of 16th - 17th May 1943. His Lancaster was part of the second wave but never reached the target. The aircraft reportedly hit power lines and crashed near Haldern. None of the crew survived.
Williams, Charles Rowland
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   Died : 16 / 5 / 1943
Williams, Charles Rowland

He was Wireless Operator of Lancaster ED927 AJ-E of No.617 Sqn on the Dambusters Raid of 16th - 17th May 1943. His Lancaster was part of the second wave but never reached the target. The aircraft reportedly hit power lines and crashed near Haldern. None of the crew survived.



Squadrons for : Lancaster ED927
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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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Beaufighter Mk.Ic T3354 of No.68 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.
New victory claim added : Ju88 (Half shared victory.) claimed on 14th July 1941 by Stanislaw Brzeski of No.317 Sqn RAF
EJG1 added to the squadrons database.
Wellington Mk.IC R1004 of No.99 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.
Flight Lieutenant Robert Charles Platt added to aircrew database :
Killed aged 29 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 James Francis and Amelia Louisa Minnie Platt, of Teddington, Middlesex.
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Whitley Mk.V T4217 of No.51 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.
Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim P4903 :
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Sergeant John Henry Hanne : First name updated (now John Henry), Service number updated (now 564212), Squadron service dates updated
Sergeant I H Norris added to aircrew database :
On 4th July 1943 he was rear gunner in Stirling BK718 WP-M of No.90 Sqn when it was shot down and crashed near Cologne. He managed to escape from the doomed aircraft and parachute to the relative safety of captivity, reportedly 'through' his turret. The rest of the crew did not make it out of the aircraft and were killed. It is known that he visited at least some of the families of his lost crewmates some time after the war.
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