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RAAF Serial RAF Serial Model Aircraft History
A66-1 ED930 Mk.I Ex ED930.
Affectionately known as "Queenie", ED930 departed UK for Australia on 22/05/43.
Routed via: 22/05/43 Prestwick - Montreal (15:45 hr), 24/05/43 Montreal - Toronto (02:20), 27/05/43 Toronto - San Francisco (13:10), 30/05/43 San Francisco - Honolulu (13:00), 31/05/43 Honolulu - Palmyra Is (9:45), 31/05/43 Palmyra Is - Canton Is (4:50), 01/06/43 Canton Is - Nandi (6:40), 03/06/43 Nandi - Amberley (8:40), Total Fight Time 74:10 hr.
In late 1943 Queenie was taken on charge by the RAAF as A66-1.
In October 1943 Queenie had the honour (record) for the largest aircraft to fly under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Crashed 26/10/43, Evans Head. The a/c suffered a wind change when landing and ran off the end and ended up in a ditch severely damaged. Repairs needed 10 crates of parts to be sent from Canada and took until 4 April 1944. Initially thought to be a write-off, it turned out to be the biggest field service repair in RAAF history.
Used on War Bonds tours in Australia with one trip across the Tasman to NZ.
It did about 500 hours flying after the repairs, including converting all the DAP test pilots and 52 Qantas pilots for the Lancastrian operations which began in 1945.
Flown from 1 OTU East Sale to 7 OTU Tocumwal 08/08/45.
To 7AD 14/01/46 for storage.
Approval given for conversion to instructional airframe 15/10/46.
To Care and Maintenance at Tocumwal for conversion 12/11/46.
To 1 OTU East Sale 04/08/47.
Approved for conversion to components 07/06/48.
Considering Queenie had no war service it was sold for scrap to a dealer in Maffra VIC in 1948.

Highlight for Album: Lancaster A66-1 (ED930)
A66-2 W4783 Mk.I Ex W4783 460 Sqn AR-G.
Part of the second production batch of 200 aircraft ordered from Metropolitan-Vickers Ltd., Trafford Park, Manchester, under Contract No. B69275/40 and built at the Mosley Road Works, Manchester.
To 460 Sqn 27/10/42.
First Operation 6/12/42 to Mannheim from RAF Breighton,
Moved with Squadron to RAF Binbrook, Lincs May 1943,
G Goerge is known to have reurned from at least 20 missions with various degrees of damage which was repaired
90th and final Final Operation flown 20/04/44 to Cologne, and also in July 1943, it was damaged in a ground explosion at Binbrook and again repaired and returned to service,
Departed Prestwick 11/10/44 arriving in Australia 8/11/44.
Took part in the 3rd Victory Loan Tour 13/03/45 to 27/04/1945.
Final flight 24/09/45 to RAAF Fairbairn. It remained parked there until put on display at the AWM in 1955.
In 1999 it was removed to undertake a full restoration at the Treloar Technology Centre.
The nose section was initially put back on display in the AWM's Anzac Hall until 03/12/2003 when the entire aircraft went back on display.

Highlight for Album: Lancaster A66-2 (W4783)

  PB974 Mk.III In April 1945, four Lancaster IIIs (PB974, PB992/994) were allocated to the RAAF for research but not taken up.
37 Sqn,
SOC RAF 22/05/47
  PB992 Mk.III In April 1945, four Lancaster IIIs (PB974, PB992/994) were allocated to the RAAF for research but not taken up.
37 Sqn,
SOC RAF 6/10/47
  PB993 Mk.III In April 1945, four Lancaster IIIs (PB974, PB992/994) were allocated to the RAAF for research but not taken up.
214 Sqn,
37 Sqn,
Sold for scrap 9/2/49
  PB994 Mk.III In April 1945, four Lancaster IIIs (PB974, PB992/994) were allocated to the RAAF for research but not taken up.
214 Sqn,
37 Sqn,
SOC 9/1/47
 
     
 

RAF Lancasters operated by RAAF Article XV Squadrons (460, 463 & 467 Squadrons, RAAF)

 
     
 
Aircraft Serial Model Aircraft History
L7539 Mk. I 44 Sqn,
61 Sqn,
50 CF,
1654 CU,
463 Sqn. 15/03/44 to 11/05/44.
16+ Missions,
L7539's first mission with 463 Sqdn was to Stuttgart on the 15/16-March-1944, the 14th & last mission recorded in the ORBS was to Bourg Leopold on the 11/12-May-1944.
The crew for this mission were Pilot F/L G S Jenkins CDG RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt J H Hoare RAF, Nav F/L F W Stewart RAAF, B/Aimer F/O R F McIlhone RCAF, Wireless Op F/S G C Fletcher, MU Gunner F/S J A McCracken RACF, Rear Gunner F/O C E Sleigh RAF.
1660 CU,
1654 CU,
SOC 18/12/46.
L7574 Mk. I 97 Sqn,
467 Sqn.
Crashed 22/11/43 Waddington, hit building. Engine failure on take-off.
R5485 Mk. I 109 Sqn,
TFU,
1657 CU,
467 Sqn. PO-F.
Lost 19/07/44, Regivney.
R5500 Mk. I 207 Sqn,
460 Sqn,
1656 CU,
1667 CU,
1 LFS,
To 4902M 10/44.
R5685 Mk. I 50 Sqn,
44 Sqn,
50 Sqn,
460 Sqn.
1667 CU, Crashed on approach, Faldingworth, 30/09/43
R5745 Mk. I 206 Sq,
460 Sqn. 04/05/43 to 03/07/43, AR-C. 27
27 Missions.
Caught fire and exploded 03/07/43 after DV172's incendiaries dropped and caught fire.
R5845 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
29 Missions
Lost, 18-19/7/44 Revigny France.
R5868 Mk. I Previously with 83 Sqn RAF 'Devils of the Air Service'.
467 Sqn. PO-S "Sugar", carried Herman Goering's words "No enemy plane will fly over the Reich Territory".
On displayed at RAF Museum, Hendon UK. 136 Missions.

W4162 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 22/10/43 to 23/11/43, AR-J2.
25 Missions.
Lost, 23/11/42. Berlin.
W4240 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
3 Missions.
Lost, 18-19/10/43 Hannover.
W4263 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 28/11/42 to 26/11/43, UV-U/L, AR-B.
23 Missions.
W4273 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 22/11/42 to 22/11/42, UV-A.
23 Missions.
Lost, 23/11/42 Stuttgart.
W4274 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 22/11/42 to 04/01/43, UV-B.
5 Missions.
Lost, 3/01/43 Essen.
W4301 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 13/05/43 to 02/10/43, UV-F, AR-F/H.
32 Missions.
Lost, 3/10/43 Munich.
W4308 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 22/11/42 to 23/01/43, UV-C.
9 Missions.
Lost, 24/01/43 Dusseldorf.
W4310 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 27/01/43 to 04/04/43, UV-F, AR-C.
7 Missions.
Lost, 5/04/43 Kiel 5/04/43. Shot down by flak and crashed near Bordesholm.
W4316 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 28/11/42 to 12/06/43, UV-Q, AR-Q.
26 Missions.
Lost, 13/06/43 Bochum.
W4320 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 22/11/42 to 24/06/43, UV-P, AR-D.
17 Missions.
Lost, 25/06/43 Wuppertal.
W4325 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 22/11/42 to 20/04/43, UV-O.
19 Missions.
Lost, 21/04/43 Stettin.
W4327 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 28/11/42 to 29/03/43, UV-S.
17 Missions.
Lost, 30/03/43 Berlin.
W4329 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 22/11/42 to 12/06/43, UV-T/K, AR-K.
32 Missions.
Lost, Bochum 13/06/43.
W4330 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 22/11/42 to 20/04/43, UV-H.
16 Missions.
Crashed 21/04/43 north of vestbirk, near Horsens. Stettin.
W4331 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 28/11/42 to 16/04/43, UV-R.
22 Missions,
Lost, 17/04/43 Pilsen.
Crew; Sgt Ian Gordon Miller (Pilot).
W4332 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 06/12/42 to 16/06/43, UV-V/M, AR-M.
20 Missions.
Lost, 17/06/43 Cologne.
W4378 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-N.
Lost, 17-18/01/43, Berlin.
W4381 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
106 Sqn,
61 Sqn,
1661 CU Crashed on landing Winthorpe 24/08/43.
W4384 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
57 Sqn, Missing Wilhelmshaven 12/2/43.
W4387 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
4 Missions.
Lost, 17-18/01/43 Berlin.
W4783 Mk. I 460 Sqn 06/12/42 to 20/04/44, coded UV-G/AR-G.
Total Missions 90.
Damaged when bombs on DV172 exloded.
Re-Serialed A66-2, but most likely never wore this.
See A66-2.

Highlight for Album: Lancaster W4783
"G" George

W4785 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 22/11/42 to 08/04/43, UV-J.
17 Missions.
Lost, 9/04/43 Duisburg.
W4795 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
207 Sqn,
61 Sqn, Missing Stettin 4/11/43.
W4797 Mk. I 467 Sqn,
57 Sqn,
1668 CU,
5 LFS Crashed on landing Woodbridge 29/4/44.
W4798 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
207 Sqn,
61 Sqn, Missing 1/4/43.
W4816 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 20/12/42 to 17/01/43, UV-K.
5 Missions.
Crashed 17/01/43 Flamborough Head.
W4817 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 08/12/42 to 27/01/43, UV-X.
5 Missions.
Lost, 28/01/43 Dusseldorf.
W4818 Mk. I 460 Sqn, 06/12/42 to 04/05/43, UV-A/B.
10 Missions.
Lost 04/05/43 Dortmund.
W4822 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
49 Sqn,
57 Sqn. missing Dusseldorf 4/11/43.
W4823 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
50 Sqn, Destroyed when W4834 blew up at Scampton 15/3/43.
W4824 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
57 Sqn,
1660 CU,
467 Sqn,
50 Sqn Missing Bois-de-Cassan 6/8/44.
W4825 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
97 Sqn Missing Berlin 2/3/43.
W4826 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
106 Sqn Mising Hamburg 31/4/43.
W4837 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 17/01/43 to 12/03/43, UV-M.
Lost 27/01/43 Lorient.
W4844 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 31/01/43 to 03/07/43, UV-Z, AR-Z.
22 Missions.
Lost, 4/07/43 Cologne.
W4864 Mk. I 460 Sqn.
Crashed, 3/03/43 Shawbury.
W4879 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 28/02/43 to 22/03/43, UV-D.
2 Missions.
Crash landed 22/03/43 South Cerney Badly damaged by a JU88. St Nazaire.
W4881 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 07/10/43 to 02/12/43, AR-K.
30 Missions.
Lost, 3/12/43 Berlin.
W4897 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 20/12/43 to 1/01/44. JO-Q.
17+ Missions. Lost. 1/2/01/44. Berlin.
3 missions recorded in the ORBS, the first 20/21-Dec-1943 & last 29/30-Dec-1943.
The crew for the 3rd mission (according to the ORBS was completed successfully) was Pilot F/L R J Mortimer RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt H Everard, Nav P/O W J Baggie RAAF, B/Aimer P/O I C Young RAAF, Wireless Op P/O L E Jackson RAAF, MU Gunner Sgt G Lloyd, Rear Gunner P/O M Dease RAAF. Also included in the crew list for this mission was a second Pilot P/O K H McKnight.
463 Sqdn sent 10 Lancaster’s to Berlin on 1-Jan-1944 W4897 isn’t listed as one of these 10 Lancaster’s.
W4927 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 6/03/43 to 22/10/43, UV-C, AR-C.
43 Missions.
Crash landed, 22/10/43 Binbrook. Damaged by flak and incendiaries, declared a write off on return. Kassel.
W4939 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 13/04/43 to 21/06/43, UV-L, AR-L.
20 Missions.
Lost, 22./06/43 Krefeld.
W4941 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 10/04/43 to 16/06/43, UV-E, AR-E.
9 Missions.
Became Instructional Airframe 4971M 12/44.

460 Squadron, Breighton, England, c.1942. Lancaster B.Mk.I W4941/UV-E with light flak damage after a raid on Duisburg. via Mike Mirkovic.

W4942 Mk. I 460 Sqn, UV-F.
Lost 16-17/04/43 Pilsen.
W4946 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-U.
Shot down by night fighter16/17/04/43 Pilsen.
W4956 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 18/04/43 to 20/04/43, UV-J.
2 Missions.
Lost, 21/04/43 Stettin.
W4960 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 27/04/43 to 11/06/43, UV-R, AR-R.
6 Missions.
Lost, 12/06/43 Dusseldorf.
W4967 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 30/04/43 to 18/10/43, UV-H, AR-H.
54 Missions.
W4983 Mk. III 467 Sqn. 27 missions.
Lost, 11-12/06/43 Dusseldorf.
W4984 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 12/05/43 to 23/05/43, UV-J, AR-J.
3 Missions.
Lost, 23/05/43 Dortmund.
W4985 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 12/05/43 to 29/05/43, UV-O, AR-O.
6 Missions.
Lost, 29-30/05/43 Wuppertal.
W4986 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 13/05/43 to 23/05/43, UV-E, AR-E.
2 Missions.
Lost, 24/05/43 Dortmund.
W4987 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 12/07/43 to 24/07/43.
1 Mission.
Lost, 25/07/43 Hamburg.
W4988 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 23/05/43 to 03/09/43, AR-Q. 31 Missions.
Lost 4/09/43 Berlin.
Attacked and seriously damaged by a JU88 over the target. Two engines U/S. Over Denmark a third engine went U/S.
W5003 Mk. III 467 Sqn. PO-H.
Shot down by night fighter 27-28/07/43 Hamburg.
W5005 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 25/05/43 to 20/12/43, AR-L.
90 Missions Lost in the Humber, the pilot was reputed to have thought it was the runway at nearby North Killingholme.
Had the nose art of a Kangaroo wearing Wellington Boots and playing the Bagpipes, this to represent the three nations of Australia, Scotland and Wales.
W5007 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 18/05/43 to 16/06/43, AR-B/O. 5 Missions.
Crashed on return 16/06/43, Elsham Wolds. Koln.
DV160 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 11/06/43 to 14/06/43. 3 Missions.
Shot down 14-15/06/43.
By night fighter and crashed Sluipwijk.
DV161 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 10/04/43 to 02/12/43.
12 460 Sqn missions.
Crashed 01/45 while with 1653 HCU.
DV171 Mk. III 463Sqn. 26/07/44 to 24/09/44, JO-G/Y.
45 Missions.
Lost 23/24/09/44 Calais.
DV172 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 28/06/43 to 28/06/43.
Bomb explosion at Binbrook, had an electrical fault which started fire and exploded Bombs. Damaged two other aircraft and destroyed another. This aircraft caught fire and burned out.
DV173 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 21/06/43 to 16/12/43.
45 460 Sqn missions.
Crashed Caistor 16-17/12/43 on return from Berlin.
DV174 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 27/06/43 to 23/09/43.
23 460 Sqn missions.
Lost, 23/09/43, Mannheim
DV175 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 24/06/43 to 17/08/43, AR-E.
15 460 Sqn missions.
Scrapped 10/46.
DV193 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 24/07/43 to 26/04/44, AR-H.
45 460 Sqn missions.
Total of 48 missions.
Scrapped 12/44.
DV219 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Lost, 22-23/09/43 Hannover.
DV226 Mk. III 467 Sqn, JO-P.
26 Missions.
Lost, 22-23/10/43 Kassel.
DV229 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 16-12-43 to 10-6-44. JO-P.
44+ Missions.
Lost 10-11/06/44 Orleans France.
Carried Winston Churchill's famous words "The German war-mongers can be assured that every bomb dropped on England we SHALL return it tenfold".
Crew; P/O J J Fletcher A414668 KIA, Sgt K K Smith 949366 POW, F/S G W King A42635 POW, F/S A W Mathews A418756 Evaded Returned to Waddington, W/O N W Robinson A404602 POW, F/S F H Redford A427743 Evaded Returned to Waddington and F/S M R Barry A419764 POW. OP to Orleans, The crew members that returned reported they were hit by Royal Naval Gunfire.
DV233 Mk. III 467 Sqn. 1 mission.
Lost, 23-24/9/43 Mannheim.
DV237 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
4 Missions.
Lost, 3-4/9/43 Berlin.
DV240 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
6 Missions
Lost, 30/31/3/44 Nuremburg.
DV247 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 31/08/43 to 09/06/44.
4 460 Sqn missions. Total of 5+ missions.
Lost with 166 Sqn.
DV274 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 16/12/43 to 25/02/44.JO-R.
14+ Missions.
Lost. 25/02/44 Augsburg.
463 ORBS list DV274 flying 10 missions during it's time with 463 Sqdn. First OP 16/17-Dec-1943. DV274 was listed as missing in the ORBS for the mission to Augsburg on 25-Feb-1944. The crew listing in the ORBS for this mission is Pilot P/O K H McKnight RAAF, Flight Engineer Sgt L Roberts RAF, Navigator P/O S A Isham RAF, Bomb Aimer P/O S J Nelson RAAF, Wireless Operator P/O C J Johnson RAAF, MU Gunner Sgt T Winn RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt K Linford RAAF. 6 of DV274's were to Berlin.
DV275 Mk. III 101 Sqn,
463 Sqn,
101 Sqn Missing Mailly-le-Camp 4/5/44.
DV277 Mk. I Allotted to Makers,
467 Sqn.
5 LFS,
SOC 9/11/46.
DV280 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 15/02/44 to 21/06/44. JO-S.
31 Missions.
Lost. 21-22/06/44 Gelsenkirchen.
The first mission for DV280 was on 15/16-Feb-1944 to Berlin.
The last mission to Gelsenkirchen was on 21/22-Jun-1944, the crew for this mission were Pilot F/L E A L Smith RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt D C Sykes RAF, Nav P/O K Forth RAF, B/Aimer F/O H F Raynham RAF, Wireless Opp F/S P H A Jones, MU Gunner Sgt J H Hollis RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt R E Fittall RAF.
DV296 Mk. I 460 Sqn 23/09/43 to 12/02/43.
17 missions.
Lost 2/12/43 Berlin
DV333 Mk. I 460 Sqn 11/03/43 to 18/11/43.
2 460 Sqn missions.
103 Sqn,
Lost with 576 Sqn. Missing Stettin 6/1/44,
Total of 10 missions.
DV337 Mk. I 463 Sqn. JO-N.
DV337 was also one of the Lancaster's to participate in 463 Sqdn's first mission, Berlin on the 26/27-Nov-1943.
DV337 was also 463 Sqdn's first aircraft lost during OPS during the 26-27/11/43 Berlin raid..
The crew listed in the ORBS for this mission were an all RAF crew on their first mission with 463 Sqdn. Pilot F/S J W Fowler, F/Engineer Sgt J C Williams, Nav Sgt Barker, B/Aimer Sgt J E Thomas, Wireless Op Sgt J A Ferrier, MU Gunner Sgt W T Sherwin, Rear Gunner Sgt A E G Thomas.
DV338 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 2/12/43 to 19/02/44. JO-C.
18 Missions.
Flew in 463's first OP on 26/27-Nov-1943 to Berlin.
In total 11 of DV338's 15 missions were to Berlin.
The last mission for DV338 was to Leipzig 19/20-Feb-1944.
The crew listed in the ORBS for this mission were Pilot P/O E A Fayle RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt L P Baker RAF, Nav F/O F Chapell RAF, B/Aimer Sgt L K Topham RAF, Wireless Op Sgt R J Farrell RAF, MU Gunner Sgt A L N Vickery RAF, Rear Gunner F/S B Bennett RAAF.
DV340 Mk. I/III Built as a Mk.I and converted to a Mk.III in service,
460 Sqn.
9 Sqn,
1651 CU,
1 FU,
SOC 1/4/46.
DV341 Mk. I 460 Sqn.11/03/43 to 18/11/43, AR-C2.
1st 460 Sqn mission and first mission. Lost on its first mission, crashed near Zonigall.
Lost 18/11/43 Berlin.
DV342 Mk. I 460 Sqn.11/03/43 to 21/11/43.
4 460 Sqn missions.
Lost with 576 Sqn RAF.
DV343 Mk. I 460 Sqn.11/10/43 to 11/10/43.
1 460 Sqn mission.
Lost with 580 Sqn RAF.
DV359 Mk. I 460 Sqn.11/03/43 to 30/03/44, AR-F.
22 missions.
Crashed 01/04/44 Fletton.
all engines cut, crashed at Hetton-le-Hole, Durham.
DV372 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
45 Missions. PO-F.
1651 CU,
SOC 4/10/45,
Nose is displayed in the IWM, London.
DV373 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-R.
Ditched 6/10/44 North Sea after test flight.
DV374 Mk. I 467 Sqn,
463 Sqn. 26-11-43 to 18-7-44. JO-B.
57 Missions.
Lost.18-19/07/44 Revigny.
DV378 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-C.
Shot down by AAA 31/01/44 Berlin.
DV396 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-B.
Lost 2/11/44, Dusseldorf.
ED303 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
106 Sqn, Missing Hamburg 28/7/43.
ED304 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
7 Missions.
Lost, 11-12/6/43 Dusseldorf.
ED315 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 14/01/43 to 24/06/43, UV-Y, AR-P.
24 missions.
Crashed on landing, 28/06/43 Binbrook.
ED354 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 26/01/43 to 26/03/43, UV-W/O.
11 460 Sqn missions.
Lost 27/03/43 Duisburg.
ED360 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
106 Sqn, Engine caught fire on return from Kon and crashed 5.5 miles NW of Wisbech 9/7/43.
ED363 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
Shot down by night fighter, 28-29/06/43, Cologne.
ED364 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
207 Sqn,
1654 CU,
622 Sqn, Missing Berlin 31/1/44.
ED366 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 02/02/43 to 01/03/43, UV-C.
5 460 Sqn missions. Total of 7 missions.
Lost with 166 Sqn RAF.
ED367 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
Lost, 8-9/01/43 Duisburg.
ED369 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 17/01/43 to 07/08/43, UV-L/A, and AR-A.
38 460 Sqn missions.
Badly damaged by flak 9/07/43 and crash landed Binbrook (Cologne).
ED370 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 18/10/43 to 26/11/43, AR-B.
5 460 Sqn missions.
Lost 26/11/43 Berlin.
ED391 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 22/03/43 to 29/03/43, UV-E.
4 460 Sqn missions.
Shot down by night fighter 30/03/43 and crashed at Lieveide.
ED420 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 16/12/43 to 23/12/43, JO-L.
10+ Missions.
ORBS record 2 missions for ED420 with 463 Sqdn.
16/17 & 23/24-December 1943 both missions were to Berlin.
The second during which ED420 was listed as missing the crew listed in the ORBS are, Pilot P/O A W Heap, F/Engineer Sgt W Carter, Nav F/O R S Gall, B/Aimer Sgt D McCreadie, Wireless Op Sgt L M Ryan, MU Gunner Sgt F I Tunnicliffe, Rear Gunner F/S K R D Glover.
This was the 2nd mission for P/O A W Heap & crew & the 2nd loss for 463 Sqdn.
ED421 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 23/05/43 to 23/08/43, AR-U.
26 460 Sqn missions.
Lost 23-24/08/43 Berlin.
ED500 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
Crashed after triple engine failure, 2-3/08/43, Park farm, Chesire.
ED504 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
20 Missions.
Lost, 28-29/5/43 Essen.
ED521 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 25/02/43 to 09/04/43, AR-B.
9 Missions.
Lost 10/04/43 Duisburg.
Lost Duisburg 10/04/43. Pilot: D I Macdonald. Logbook of D I Macdonald indicates the aircraft disappeared on the 09/04/43 during a raid on Duisberg. The aircraft could have been lost on the night of the 9th or morning of the 10th.
ED523 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
9 Missions.
Lost, 11-12/03/43 Stuttgart.
ED524 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
17 missions.
Lost, 11-12/04/43 Essen.
ED525 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 22/03/43 to 14/06/43, UV-N, AR-N.
6 Missions.
Lost, 19-20/02/43 Wilhelmshaven.
ED526 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
12 Missions.
Lost, 25/26/02/43 Nurnberg.
ED529 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
7 Missions.
Lost, 19-20/02/43 Wilhelmshaven.
ED530 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
28 missions.
Lost, 2/3/10/43 Munich.
ED531 Mk. III 467 Sqn. PO-T.
Crashed 12-13/07/43, damaged by wire strike and AAA, (Turin)
ED532 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
32 Missions.
Lost, 21-22/6/44 Gelsenkirchen Scholven Buer.
ED354 Mk. III 467 Sqn. PO-R.
Lost 30/07/43, Hamburg.
ED535 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 30/07/43 to 30/07/43.
1 Mission.
Lost 30/07/43 Hamburg.
ED538 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
Crashed in Nth Africa 17/07/43. (Cislago)
ED539 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
3 Missions.
Lost, 21-22/01/44 Berlin
ED541 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
15 missions.
Lost, 3-4/9/43 Berlin.
ED543 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
5 missions.
Lost, 13-14/5/43 Pilsen.
ED545 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 1/01/44 to 30/01/44, JO-J.
46 Missions.
Lost 30-31/01/44 Berlin.
ED546 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
Crashed landed, 15/10/43. (Wittering)
ED547 Mk. III 467 Sqn, PO-M.
1 Mission.
Lost, 29-30/12/43 Berlin.
ED602 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
83 Sqn,
49 Sqn,
619 Sqn Missing Karlsruhe 27/9/44.
ED606 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 2/12/43 to 15/3/44, JO-E.
17 Missions 463 Sqn,
24 Missions 467 Sqn.
Collided 15-16/03/44 with Lancaster ND637 from 625 Sqn while circling the airfield preparing to land.
ED606 is another of the first 6 Lancaster's to take part in 463 Sqdns's first mission Berlin on 26/27-Nov-1943.
463 Sqdn's ORBS record 17 missions only.
After returning from the 17th mission Stuttgart 15/16-Mar-1944 JO-E collided with another Lancaster ND637 from 625 Sqdn while circling the airfield preparing to land. All crew members aboard JO-E were killed. Pilot F/S W A Graham RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt D Munro RAF, Nav Sgt J A Coates RAF, B/Aimer Sgt J G Jameson RAF, Wireless Op Sgt H A Baxter RAF, MU Gunner Sgt T H Jones RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt A S Humphreys RAAF.
ED611 Mk. III 463 Sqn. JO-U. (Uncle Joe). 15/2/44 to 8/02/45.
66 463 Sqn Missions.
115 Missions total.
Named "Uncle Joe" (Stalin Portrait on star). 15-2-44 to 8-2-45.
Damaged. before transferring to the Bomber Trials Unit, RAF before being S/O 01/47.
ED621 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
23 Missions.
Lost, 2/3/10/43 Munich.
ED651 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
6 Missions.
Lost, 16/17/04/43 Pilsen.
ED657 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
5 Missions.
Lost, 21-22/5/44 Duisburg.
ED658 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 08/10/43 to 08/10/43, AR-O.
1 Mission.
Lost, 9/10/43 Hannover.
ED664 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 23/05/43 to 23/11/43, AR-T/A2.
16 Missions.
Lost, 24/11/43 Berlin.
ED695 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
20 Missions.
Lost, 25-26/5/43 Dusseldorf.
ED711 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 03/04/43 to 16/04/43, UV-U.
4 Missions.
Lost, 17/04/43 Pilsen.
ED730 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 12/07/43 to 03/09/43.
9 Missions.
ED737 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
8 Missions.
Lost, 16/17/6/43 Koln.
ED745 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
2 Missions.
Lost, 31/03-1/04/43 Essen.
ED750 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 28/01/44 to 30/03/44, AR-E2.
55 Missions.
Lost, 31/03/44. Nuremberg.
ED759 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 23/05/43 to 29/05/43, AR-X.
2 Missions.
Lost, 30/05/43 Wuppertal.
ED764 Mk. III 467 Sqn, PO-N.
Shot down by night fighter 18/08/43 Peenemunde.

ED764 Aiming Point Photograph Certificate, Spezia 18-19/04/1943.

Lancaster ED764
467 Squadron

ED768 Mk. III 467 Sqn. PO-N.
11 Missions
Shot down 25/26/05/43 Gravenswezel Belgium.
ED771 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
Lost 30-04/-01/05/43 Essen.
ED772 Mk. III 467 & 463 Sqn. 16/12/43 to 30/01/44, JO-G.
54 Missions.
Shot down by night fighter 30-31/01/44 Berlin.
ED774 Mk.I 460 Sqn. 16/04/43 to 14/06/43, UV/AR-S.
9 Missions.
ED780 Mk.I 467 Sqn.
Lost, 17/04/43, Pilsen.
ED803 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
3 Missions.
Lost, 21-22/01/44 Magdeburg.
ED804 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 20/04/43 to 27/05/43, UV/AR-Z.
4 Missions.
Lost, 28/05/43 Essen.
ED867 Mk. III 97 Sqn,
467 Sqn, (PO-T or PO-)
Missing Berlin 29/01/44,

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ED897 ?   One source lists ED897 as AR-A with 460 Sqn, but most sources list that as a black our block serial - any ideas?
ED930 Mk. III See A66-1.
ED942 Mk. III 103 Sqn,
460 Sqn,
100 sqn,
550 Sqn Missing Augsburg 26/2/44.
ED949 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 2/12/43 to 30/01/44, JO-A.
45 Missions.
Lost.5-6/01/44 Stettin.
ED953 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
Crashed 2/06/44, Waddington. Burst tyre.
ED973 Mk. III 460 Sqn,
100 Sqn, Missing Oberhausen 15/6/43.
ED976 Mk. III 460 Sqn,
ED985 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 25/05/43 to 18/10/43, AR-Y/C2.
8 Missions.
Lost, 19/10/43 Hannover.
ED986 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 23/05/43 to 31/08/43, AR-B/J2.
10 Missions.
Lost, 1/09/43 Berlin.
ED994 Mk. III 467 Sqn. PO-R.
7 missions.
Lost, 5-6/1/44 Stettin.
ED998 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
Lost, 15-16/08/44, Milan.
EE132 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 11/06/43 to 03/09/43.
4 Missions.
Lost, 4/09/43 Berlin.
EE135 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
3 Missions.
Lost, 23-24/9/43 Mannheim.
EE138 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 03/07/43 to 03/09/43.
7 Missions.
Shot down by a night fighter 4/09/43 and crashed at Stadil.
EE143 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
5 missions.
Lost, 10-11/5/44 Lille France.
EE166 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 12/06/43 to 22/06/43.
3 Missions.
Lost, 23/06/43 Mulheim.
EE167 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 14/06/43 to 14/06/43.
1 Mission.
Lost, 15/06/43 Oberhausen.
EE191 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 16/12/43 to 18/3/44, JO-F.
25+ Missions.
18 missions recorded in the ORBS with the first being to Berlin 16/17-Dec-1943. 10 of these missions were to Berlin.
The last mission was to Frankfurt 18/19-Mar-1944.
The crew for the last mission was Pilot P/O J W Gardner RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt D Brotherton RAF, Nav F/S H Perkins RAF, B/Aimer P/O M C Grevstad RCAF, Wireless Op Sgt J Cuthbertson RAF, MU Gunner Sgt R J Mottram RAF, Rear Gunner F/S J R McGrath RAAF.
EE194 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
2 Missions
Lost, 27-28/8/43 Nurnberg.
HK535 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 20/12/43 to 10/05/44, JO-N.
11 Missions.
Could only find 9 missions in the ORBS for HK535.
First mission to Frankfurt 20/21-Dec-1943.
Last mission to Lille 10/11-May-1944 was flown by RAAF Pilot F/L E M Scott, F/Engineer Sgt R H Boulton RAF, Nav F/S I Chapple RAAF, B/Aimer F/S W T Peters RAAF, Wireless Op Sgt L Pringle RAF, MU Gunner F/S R W Ash RAAF, Rear Gunner F/S W A Slade.
This mission was the worst for 463/467 Sqdn's for the war. 31 Lancaster's departed for the mission 7 failed to return. 1 of the Lancs carried an 8th crew member (50 men missing).
HK536 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 20/1/44 to 4/7/44, JO-H.
43 Missions.
Lost.4-5/06/44 St Leu.
HK537 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 21/1/44 to 28/01/44, JO-S.
3 Missions.
463 ORBS list 2 missions HK537 both to Berlin.
First mission 27/28-Jan-1944.
HK537 was listed as missing on it's 2nd mission to Berlin 28/29-Jan-1944 F/L N W Cooper, F/Engineer Sgt F C W Bull RAF, Nav F/S L H Christmas RAAF, B/Aimer W/O C J Kerr RAAF, Wireless Op Sgt F E Robson RAF, MU Gunner F/S H Suthers RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt R J Grist RAF.
This was their 4th Mission with 463 Sqdn.
HK616 Mk. I 460 Sqn. Need to check whether this aircraft was operated by 460 Sqn.
Noted with 15 Sqn, 622 Sqn & 44 Sqn.
HK803 Mk. I 9 Sqn,
619 Sqn,
463 Sqn.
SOC 2/6/47.
JA675 Mk. III 467 Sqn. PO-F.
Lost 15-16/08/43, Milan
JA676 Mk. III 467 Sqn. PO-B.
Lost, 12-13/07/43, Turin.
JA680 Mk. III 460 Sqn, 03/07/43 to 27/09/43.
8 Missions.
Crash landed 28/09/43 Aldeburgh Yorks.
JA683 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 03/09/43 to 24/03/44, AR-D2.
11 Missions.
JA687 Mk. III 460 Sqn 03/07/43 to 29/12/43.
14 Missions.
Struck off 18/03/44 after an accident.
JA688 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 12/07/43 to 25/07/43, AR-G2.
3 Missions.
Crashed, 26/07/43 Binbrook (Essen) Damaged by incendiaries from aircraft above.
JA689 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 03/07/43 to 29/07/43.
5 Missions.
Lost, 30/07/43 Hamburg.
JA699 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
100 sqn,
to 43134M 11/43.
JA856 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 12/07/43 to 02/10/43, AR-C.
7 Missions.
Lost, 3/10/43 Munich.
JA859 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 12/07/43 to 22/09/43.
7 Missions.
Lost, 23/9/43 Hannover.
JA860 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 12/07/43 to 21/01/44, AR-C2.
14 Missions.
Lost, 28/01/44 Berlin.
JA861 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 12/07/43 to 27/09/43.
7 Missions.
Lost, 28/09/43 Hannover.
JA862 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 12/07/43 to 23/11/43.
20 Missions.
JA901 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
4 Missions.
Lost, 03-04/5/44 Mailly Le Camp France.
JA902 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 26/11/43 to 2/01/44, JO-D.
33 Missions.
Lost. 2-3/01/44 Ijssellake.
JA906 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
5 Missions
Lost, 3-4/10/43 Kassel.
JA909 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
Crashed, 4/06/45, Winthrope.
JA973 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 16/12/43 to 30/01/44, JO-O.
14+ Missions.
Lost. 30/31/08/44 Berlin.
463 ORBS first record JA973 on 23/24-Dec-1943 mission to Berlin.
8 missions recorded in the ORBD'S 6 of them to Berlin, the last when it was listed as missing was again to Berlin, the crew by the list in the ORBS were Pilot P/O P Hanson RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt L A Hughes was the only survivor ended up as POW, Nav Sgt M A Stevens RAF, B/Aimer F/S G E Edgecombe RAF, Wireless Op Sgt L Bowes RAF, MU Gunner Sgt N Bligh RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt J Wilson RAAF.
The wreckage of this Lancaster was found in a lake at Mecklenburg 1983.
JB121 Mk. III 467 Sqn. 9 Missions.
Lost, 3-4/11/43 on 10th sortie to Dusseldorf in the vicinity of Antwerp, Belgium. Crew; SqnLdr Lewis DFC.
JB124 Mk. III 467 Sqn. 4 Missions.
Lost, 23-24/8/43 on 5th sortie to Berlin.
JB130 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
1668 CU,
Sold for Scrap 7/5/47.
JB140 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
Crash 4/12/43, Waddington. Double engine failure.
JB296 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Lost, 30/12/43 Berlin.
JB298 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Lost, 30/12/43 Berlin.
JB547 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Collided with ME641 25/02/44, Binbrook.
JB598 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Lost, 7/03/44 Essen.
JB600 Mk. III 460 Sqn, AR-Q.
Lost, Baltic 10/04/44 Baltic Sea, Mine laying.
JB606 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Lost, 3/01/44 Berlin.
JB607 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Lost, 30/12/43 Berlin.
JB608 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Lost, 3/12/43 Berlin.
JB610 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Lost, 20/02/44 Leipzig.
JB611 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Lost, 3/12/43 Berlin.
JB613 Mk. III 460 Sqn, AR-A.
JB637 Mk. III 460 Sqn, AR-B.
Lost, 28/01/44 Berlin.
JB647 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Crashed 24/11/43 Kelstern.
JB657 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Crashed 17/12/43 near Market Stanton (Berlin).
JB662 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Crashed on take-off, 18/04/44 Binbrook.
JB700 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Lost, 7/06/44 Vire.
JB702 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Lost, 22/01/44 Magdeburg.
JB704 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Crashed Binbrook 17/12/43 (Berlin).
JB738 Mk. III 460 Sqn. AR-T.
Crashed, 2/01/44, Binbrook.
JB739 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Lost, 21/01/44 Berlin.
JB741 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Lost, 4/05/44 Mailly-le-camp.
JB742 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Lost, 26/02/44 Augsburg.
JB743 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
LL740 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 16/12/43 to 24/02/44, JO-M.
15 Missions.
Lost 24/25/02/44 Schweinfurt.
The ORBS records 15 missions with the first to Berlin on 16/17 December 1943.
The 15th and last mission for LL740 was on the 24/25 Feb 1944 to Schweinfurt.
9 of LL740's missions were to Berlin.
The crew to fly LL740 were Pilot F/L R J Mortimer RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt H Everard, Nav P/O W J Baggie RAAF, B/Aimer P/O I C Young RAAF, Wireless Op P/O L E Jackson RAAF, MU Gunner Sgt G Lloyd, Rear Gunner P/O M Dease RAAF.
LL746 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
6 Missions
Lost 25-26/02/44 Augsburg.
LL788 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
18 Missions
Lost, 10-11/5/44 Lille France.
LL789 Mk. I 467 Sqn, PO-P.
Failed to Return 13/09/4 from Stuttgart.
Crew; FSGT Richard Gilbert Symonds 434322 (Nav, RAAF) SGT Thomas Ballatyne 1823293 (Flight Engineer, RAFVR) FSGT Earl Kitchener Bulloch 162158 (Bomb Aimer, RCAF) FSGT Peter Callow 423445 (Wireless Op, RAAF) FSGT Gilbert Thomas Kirby 434682 (Mid Upper Gunner, RAAF) FLGOFF A.L. Bright FLGOFF V.C. Manchester.
LL790 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 15/02/44 to 29/08/44, JO-O.
67 Missions.
Lost.29-30/08/44 Konigsberg.
LL792 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
11 Missions
Lost, 11-12/5/44 Bourg Leopold Belgium.
LL795 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 15/02/44 to 6/10/44, JO-A.
78 Missions.
LL843 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-D
61 Sqn,
1649 CU,
279 Sqn,
Sold for Scrp 7/5/47.
LL844 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 15/03/44 to 27/09/44, JO-R.
69 Missions.
LL846 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-V. Lost, 28-29/07/44, Stuttgart.
LL847 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 15/03/44 to 17/12/44, JO-D.
ORBS record 94 missions.
First flown by RAAF Pilot F/O J H Dechastel & crew who completed a tour of 32 missions 30 of them in LL847.
Also RAAF Pilot F/O K P Brady & crew completed a tour of 30 missions 28 of them in LL847.
The last mission on 17/18-Dec-1944 was flown by Pilot K E H Bennett RAAF, 2nd Pilot F/O J H Ogilvie RAAF, F/Engineer F/S R G Nuttall RAF, Nav F/S S Easton RAF, B/Aimer F/S T N Watson RAF, Wireless Op F/S R W Byrnes RAAF, MU Gunner Sgt G A C Frizzell RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt H Fowler RAAF.
Brady's gunners shot down an ME109 on 28-Jul-1944 & the rear gunner shot down a Donier 217 on 29/30 Aug-1944. Bennett's gunners shot down a JU88 on the 6/7-Dec-1944 while it was attacking another Lancaster.
LL848 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 9/03/44 to 24/04/44, JO-X.
13 Missions. Lost. 11 missions recorded in the ORBS.
First mission in the ORBS is to Marignane on 9/10 March 1944.
The 11th mission was to Munich on the 24/25 April 1945. The crew listed in the ORBS for this mission is Pilot P/O E W Page RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt S R Crate RAF, Nav W/O T W Fair RCAF, B/Aimer F/O J Braithwaite RAAF, Wireless Op F/S E R Brown RAAF, MU Gunner Sgt R Guile RAF, Rear Gunner F/S C H Noakes RAAF.
LL865 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 16/11/44 to ?
21+ Missions.
LL881 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 22/03/44 to 10/05/44, JO-E.
11 Missions.
Could only find 9 missions for LL881 in the ORBS.
The first on 22/23-Mar-1944 to Frankfurt.
The 9th mission on 10/11-May-1944 to Lille when LL881 was listed as missing the lists the crew as Pilot F/O D P Ward DFC RAAF, F/Engineer P/O W J Lewis RAAF, Nav F/O G O Jones RAAF, B/Aimer F/S L G MacKenzie RAAF, Wireless Op F/S J H Brown RAAF, MU Gunner F/S C H Eastgate RAAF, Rear Gunner F/S G M Dann RAAF. & crew. 8 of the 9 missions were flown by this crew.
LL882 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 24/03/44 to 10/05/44, JO-J.
15 missions recorded in the ORBS with the first in March 25/26 1944 to Aulnoye.
The 15th & last mission for LL882 was to Lille on the 10th/11th-May-1944, the same mission as LL881 & HK535.
LL882's crew were Pilot S/L M Powell DFC RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt H L Molyneux RAF, Nav F/O R Jacques RAF, B/Aimer F/S B Fraser RAF, Wireless Op F/L W N Read RAAF, MU Gunner F/O R M Croft RAAF, Rear Gunner F/O D P Croston RAAF.
LL884 ? Mk. I Appears to have been a 9 Squadron Lancaster.
The 463 Sqdn ORBS record LL884 as used in the mission to Argentan 6/7-June-1944.
In the summary of events in 463 Sqdn's ORBS it's recorded that with the news of the opening of the second front all aircrews were looking forward to the mission on June 6/7 1944. The following crew Pilot P/O A R S Bowman DFC RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt R Houghton, Nav W/O L R Seton RAAF, B/Aimer F/S M C Barber DFM RAF, Wireless Op F/S L F Westgate RAF, MU Gunner Sgt A C Wilson RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt F Dobson RAF had just returned from leave after completing their tour of Ops. The ORBS go on to say that everybody wants to go even P/O Bowman and crew even managed to talk themselves into a trip.
LL892 Mk. I 463 Sqn
6 Missions.
ORBS List 6 missions, first to Toulouse 5/6-Apr-1944.
Listed as missing on 22/23-Apr-1944 mission to Brunswick, according to the ORBS the crew list was Pilot P/O C C Schomberg RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt H Steels RAF, Nav F/L H T Petts RAF, B/Aimer F/S J Harden RAF, Wireless Op F/S W S Millar RAF, MU Gunner F/O L J Calderwood RAAF, Rear Gunner F/S D J MacDonad RAAF.
This was this crew's 11th mission.
LL905 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 18/04/44 to 06/06/44, AR-O.
20 Missions.
Lost, 28/04/44 Friedrichshafen.
LL906 Mk. I 460 Sqn.
Lost, 28/04/44 Friedrichshafen.
LL907 Mk. I 460 Sqn, AR-A.
1653 CU,
SOC 19/2/46.
LL951 Mk. I 460 Sqn.
Lost, 22/05/44 Duisburg.
LL957 Mk. I 460 Sqn.
Lost, 19/07/44 Gelsenkirchen.
LL964 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 21/05/44 to 21/05/44, AR-D2.
26 Missions.

Lancaster I LL964/AR-D2 
 460 Squadron
July 1944
LL971 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
3 Missions.
Lost, 21-22/6/44 Gelsenkirchen Scholven Buer.
LM100 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-D.
Crashed 2/02/45. Complete engine failure. (Karlsruhe).
LM101 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
Lost, 20-21/7/44 Marke, Belgium.
LM119 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
Lost, (first report) 20-21/7/44 Kaaskerke, Belgium on 2nd sortie to Courtrai France. Crew; F/O Barlow.
LM130 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 3/06/44 to 20/02/45, JO-N. (Nick, the Nazi Neutralizer).
84 Missions.
Mid-air collision with Hurricane PZ740 11/03/45 Mertheringham.

Highlight for Album: Lancaster LM130
JO-N
LM141 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 10/06/44 to 25/07/44.
20 460 Sqn Missions.
Lost with 300Sqn RAF.
LM205 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
1 mission.
Lost, 29/06/44 Beauvoir France.
LM217 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 4/07/44 to 19/09/44, JO-E.
34 Missions.
Damaged.
LM219 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
4 Missions.
Lost, 07-08/7/44 St Leu D'Esserent France.
LM223 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 4/07/44 to 23/09/44, JO-P.
33 Missions.
Collided over target 23/09/44 with LM309 JO-V. Ladbergan.
LM226 Mk. I 463 & 467 Sqn. PO-H.
Lost, 13/09/44, Stuttgart.
LM233 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
635 Sqn,
35 Sqn,
15 Sqn,
SOC 2/5/47.
LM237 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-N.
Lost, 29-30/08/44, Konisburg.
LM239 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-G.
Lost, 26-27/09/44, Karlsruhe.
LM242 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 20/07/44 to 11/09/44, JO-F.
27 Missions.
Lost 12/09/44 Darmstadt.
LM267 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-J.
Lost, 29-30/08/44, Konisburg.
LM309 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 18/03/44 to 23/09/44, JO-V.
29+ Missions.
Collided over target 23/09/44 with LM223 JO-P. Ladbergan.
LM310 Mk. I 467 Sqn,
1106 Sqn,
61 Sqn Missing Schweinfurt 25/2/44.
LM311 Mk. III 467 Sqn. PO-L.
Damaged by AAA, 13/07/43, broke up over Bottesford on return, Turin.
LM315 Mk. III 460 Sqn 02/04/43 to 24/02/44, UV-P/Y and AR-Y/K.
60 460 Sqn Missions.
Lost 25/02/44 Schweinfurt.
LM316 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 04/04/43 to 02/12/43, UV-A and AR-A/H.
54 460 Sqn missions.
Lost 03/12/43 Berlin.
LM321 Mk. III 12 Sqn,
460 Sqn. 18/10/43 to 02/12/43.
7 460 Sqn missions.
550 Sqn.
100 Sqn, Lost Oberhausen 15/06/43,
66 Missions.
LM324 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 11/06/43 to 14/06/43.
2 missions.
Lost 15/06/43 Oberhausen.
LM331 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Crashed, 12/07/43
LM338 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
7 Missions
Lost, 07-08/7/44 St leu D'Esserent France.
LM340 Mk. III 467 Sqn,
405 Sqn,
635 Sqn,
405 Sqn,
57 Sqn,
1668 CU,
SOC 4/10/45.
LM342 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
Lost, 17-18/08/43, Peenemunde.
LM368 Mk. III 101 Sqn,
467 Sqn,
50 Sqn,
1653 Sqn,
1660 CU,
1668 CU,
SOC 9/1/47.
LM372 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
10 Missions
Lost, 1-2/1/44 Berlin.
LM375 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 18/10/43 to 18/11/43.
6 460 Sqn missions.
463Sqn. 26/07/44 to 6/10/44, JO-B.
Total of 36 missions. Lost while with 463 Sqn.
LM376 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
24 Missions
Lost, 30-31/3/44 Creppe, Belgium.
LM380 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 03/11/43 to 03/11/43.
1 460 Sqn mission.
Lost with 626 Sqn RAF.
LM381 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 11/10/43 to 22/11/43.
3 460 Sqn missions.
Lost with 576 Sqn RAF.
LM431 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
2 Missions
Lost, 5-6/01/44 Stettin.
LM439 ? Mk. III 463 Sqn.
Lost 3-4/05/44 Mailly-de-Camp France.

463 Sqdn's ORBS record this mission also as LM439 and lists the crew that flew this mission as Pilot F/O G Fryer RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt R J Gracey RAF, Nav F/S J B Ward RAF, B/Aimer F/S J Healy RAF, Wireless Op F/S E A Stone RAF, Mu Gunner Sgt E A Humphreys, Rear Gunner F/O H E Williams RAAF. The problem here in the ORBS is the Mid Upper Gunner is wrong as the correct initials are Sgt A S Humphreys & he is listed as the Rear Gunner on ED606 when it was listed as missing on 16-Mar-1944 the target was Stuttgart. We have confirmed this in the Roll of Honor for 463 Sqdn. The other problem is the Roll of Honor for the remainder of the crew says the actual Lancaster for this mission was LM458. Can't find any further records of LM439 in the ORBS.

Air Britain lists LM439 as a 576 Sqn aircraft lost missing on the Aachen raid of 25/5/44.
LM440 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
6 Missions
Lost, 06/06/44 Flew into the ground at west Skirlaugh, Yorks returning from Renes railway yard France.
LM444 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 27/01/44 to 24/02/44, JO-D.
ORBS list 7 missions with the first being Berlin on 27/28-Jan-1944.
The last was when it was lost on 24/25-Feb-1944 to Schweinfurt was crewed by Pilot F/L C J Martin RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt F Wynde RAF, Nav F/O D B White RAAF, B/Aimer F/O R M N Jacombs RAAF, Wireless Op Sgt Pearson RAF, MU Gunner Sgt J T Hollow RAF, Rear Gunner F/S C H Matin RAAF.
LM448 Mk. III/I Built as a Mk.III and converted to Mk.I in service,
467 Sqn,
9 Sqn,
Force landed at Overkalix, Sweden after attack on Tirpitz, 12/11/44.
LM450 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
16 Missions.
Lost, 24-25/6/44 Prouville.
LM458 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 15/02/44 to 3/05/44, JO-G.
20 Missions.
First mission was to Berlin on 15/16-Mar-1944, the last on 3/4-May-1944 was to Mailly-le-Camp.
The crew for the last mission were Pilot F/O G Fryer RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt R J Gracey RAF, Nav F/S J B Ward RAF, B/Aimer F/S J Healy RAF, Wireless Op F/S E A Stone RAF, MU Gunner Sgt K W Owen RAF, Rear Gunner F/O H E Williams RAAF.
LM475 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
20 Missions.
Lost, 10-11/5/44 on 21st Sortie (Sqaodron Leader D.P.Smith's 51st) Lille France.
LM523 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 20/04/44 to 27/04/44, AR-L2.
5 Missions.
Shot down by a night fighter and crashed at Lahr.
LM525 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 26/04/44 to 25/07/44, AR-T.
1 Mission.
Shot down by a night fighter and crashed at Sythen.
LM530 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 26/04/44 to 25/07/44, AR-B2.
33 460 Sqn missions.
Struck off 03/48 with 626 Sqn RAF.
Total of 77 Missions.
LM531 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Lost, Mailly-le-Camp 4/05/44.
LM545 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 22/05/44 to 27/05/44, AR-J.
3 missions.
Lost, 27-28/05/44 Merville. Crashed into the sea off the French coast.
LM547 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 21/05/44 to 08/08/44, AR-L.
11 missions.
Lost, 23/06/44 Reims.
LM548 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 30/10/44 to 21/02/45, JO-P.
25+ Missions.
Lost Gravenhorst on the night of 21-22/05/45. Hit by flak and and abandoned near Weert, Netherlands.5 Crew Killed, 1 POW and 1 Evaded capture.
LM551 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 19/05/44 to 18/07/44, JO-G.
22 Missions.
Shot down by night fighter 18-19/07/44 Revigny.
LM552 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
Lost, 11/06/44 Irish Sea on training flight.
LM571 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 21/05/44 to 24/06/44, JO-E.
16 Missions.
The first mission was to Duisburg on 21/22-May-1944.
The last mission was to Prouville on 24/25-June-1944 the same mission as LM574 & LM597.
The crew for the last mission were Pilot P/O J F Martin RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt P D Taylor RAF, Nav W/O B E Kelly RAAF, B/Aimer F/S T A Malcolm RAAF, Wireless Op F/S G W Bateman RAAF, MU Gunner F/S L G L Hunter RAAF, Rear Gunner F/S B R Barber RAAF.
LM574 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 27/05/44 to 24/06/44, JO-J.
13 Missions.
463 Sqdn ORBS record 13 missions the first May 27/28 1944 was to Nantes.
The mission on which LM574 was recorded as missing was to Prouville on 24/25 June 1944, the listed crew were Pilot F/O J M Tillbrook RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt D Dowe RAF, Nav F/S H G Carlyle RAAF, B/Aimer P/O A Syddall, Wireless OP W/O A C Mineeff RAAF, MU Gunner Sgt C F Penn RAF, Rear Gunner F/S M M Lack RAAF.
LM583 Mk. III 467 Sqn. PO-P.
Lost, 29-30/07/44, Konisburg.

Lancaster B Mark III, 
LM583 'PO-O'
467 Squadron RAAF,

LM587 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 6/06/44 to 26/09/44, JO-L.
41 Missions.
Lost 27/09/44 Cap Griz Nez.
LM589 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 14/0644 to 25/07/44, JO-Y.
15 Missions.
14 missions found in the ORBS, the first on 14/15-June-1944 was to Aunay-Sub-Odon.
The last mission was to St Cyr was on the 25th July 1944.
Crew for this mission were Pilot F/O Gundry.D.C RAAF, F/Engineer F/S O F Wadsworth RAF, Nav F/S J D Sincock RAAF, B/Aimer F/S E J Fallon RAAF, Wireless Op F/S V J Scheldt RAAF, MU Gunner Sgt N M Davidson RAAF, Rear Gunner F/S E Burke RAAF.
Lost 25/07/44 St Cyr.
LM597 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 6/06/44 to 24/06/44, JO-W.
8 Missions.
Lost. 24-25/06/44 Prouville.
LM597'S first mission with 463 Sqdn was to Rennes on 8/9-Jun-1944.
LM597's last mission with 463 Sqdn was to Prouville on 24/25-Jun-1944. Pilot W/C D R Donaldson DFC RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt L E Boness RAF, Navigator F/O R N Hooper RAAF, Wireless Op F/S K G Sheel RAAF & the Rear Gunner F/O J A Cullity RAAF evaded capture & returned to base. Mid upper gunner F/S J F Morrison RAAF & the bomb aimer F/L C D G Small RAAF were POW'S. Bomb aimer was repatriated later through the red cross as he was severely wounded.
LM619 Mk. III 460 Sqn,
100 Sqn,
1668 CU, Crashed on overshoot, Westborough, Lincs. Destroyed by fire.
LM623 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 07/02/44 to 08/08/44, AR-L.
Total of 11 460Sqn missions.
Lost with 100 Sqn RAF.
LM636 Mk. III 467 Sqn. PO-U.
Lost, 24/09/44, Calais.
LM642 Mk. III 467 Sqn,
35 Sqn,
SOC 11/10/46.
LM646 Mk. III 467 Sqn,
156 Sqn,
25 Sqn,
SOC 3/6/46.
LM675 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 12/08/44 to 17/09/44, JO-T.
14 Missions.
Lost. 17/09/44 Boulogne.
Only found 12 missions recorded in the ORBS. The first 14 August 1944 was to Quesnay.
During the last mission to Boulogne on 17 September 1944 LM675 was hit by heavy flak immediately after bombs gone. The Pilot stayed at the controls so the rest of the crew could bail out. Pilot attempted to bail out once but had to stay at the controls, made a successful forced landing in a field. The crew for this mission were Pilot F/O K E J Tanner RAF, F/Engineer Sgt K Yates RAF, Nav P/O R W Dent RAAF, B/Aimer F/S W A Hundy RAAF, Wireless Op F/S N S Palmer RAAF, MU gunner P/O B D McGill RAAF, Rear Gunner F/S T K Willis RAAF.
LM677 Mk. III 467 Sqn. PO-V.
Lost, 3-4/03/45, Ladbergen.
LM683 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 25/08/44 to 18/09/44, JO-L.
11 missions in the ORBS.
LM683's first mission on the 25/26-Aug-1944 was to Darmstadt.
During LM683's 10th mission on the 18/19-Sep-1944 to Bremerhaven the Pilot F/O J Austin RAAF experienced a problem with the flaps (report in the ORBS say they couldn't be lowered 100%) as a result LM683 crashed on landing after the mission. The only from this was to the F/Engineer Sgt A Umpleby RAF received a broken leg.
The next record in the ORBS for LM683 isn't until 21/22-Nov-1944 to Dortmund-Ems Canal at Ladbergen. For that mission LM683 was crewed by Pilot F/O A C Stutter DFC RAAF, F/Engineer P/O H Walsh RAF, Nav P/O P L Wilkinson RAAF, B/Aimer P/O P O'Loughlan RAAF, Wireless Op F/S D J Browning RAAF, MU Gunner P/O M F Woodgate RAAF, Rear Gunner Sgt H R Holmes RAAF.
Scrapped Waddington 19/09/44
LM686 Mk. III 467 Sqn. 2/01/45 - 1/06/45, JO-X.
19 Missions.
LM746 Mk. III 467 Sqn,
Damaged beyond repair in collision with NN714 near Swindeby 28/10/44..
LM748 Mk. III 467 Sqn,
1654 CU, Shot down by intruder near Wigsley 4/3/45.
LM792 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
Lost, 11-12/05/44 3km SE Herenthout, Belgium. Crew; P/O Watt.
ME295 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 1/02/45 to 25/26/04/45
Survived. 20 missions recorded in the ORBS.
The first on 1/2-Feb-1945 to Siegen.
The 20th mission was to Tonsberg on the 25/26-April-1945. The crew recorded in the ORBS for this mission were Pilot F/O G Feehan RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt G Anderson RAF, Nav F/O N Robinson RAF, B/Aimer F/S B Preston RAAF, Wireless Op F/S W Edward RAAF, MU Gunner F/S L Gowling RAAF, Rear Gunner Sgt M Lynch RAAF.
ME298 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 19/10/44 to 2/02/45, JO-B.
27 Missions.
Lost, 2-3/02/45 Karlsruhe.
ME304 Mk. III 405 Sqn,
467 Sqn,
207 Sqn,
Sold for scrap 29/8/47.
ME325 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 22/11/44 to 7/01/45, JO-O.
15 missions recorded in the ORBS with first to Trondheim on 22/23-Nov-1944,
The 15th & last mission was to Munich on 7/8-Jan-1945. The crew for the last mission were Pilot F/O S R Hicks RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt F E Banfield RAF, Nav F/S A W Pepper RAAF, B/Aimer F/S D T Archibald RAAF, Wireless Op F/S P R Charles RAAF, MU Gunner F/S T D Brown RAAF, Rear Gunner F/S W M Orr RAAF.
ME326 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 21/12/44 to 02/02/45, AR-P.
Collided with PD286 2-3/02/45, of 626 Sqn and crashed at St Maxtent.
ME327 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 22-11-44 to 3-3-45.
20 Missions.
18 missions recorded in the ORBS.
ME 327 isn’t listed in the ORBS for the mission to the Dortmund-Ems Canal at Ladbergen on 03-Mar-1945 however ME 427 is listed twice for this mission with 2 different crews.
The first on 22/23-Nov-1944 was to Trondheim the last on 8/9-Feb-1945 was to Politz.
The crew for the last mission according to the ORBS were Pilot F/L J Padgham RAF, F/Engineer Sgt R Lister RAF, Nav F/S D J Lewis RAAF, B/Aimer W/O A E Knight RAAF, Wireless Op F/S N F Ryan RAAF, MU Gunner F/S W J Belton RAF, Rear gunner F/S R L Gard RAF.
ME329 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 21/11/44 to 16/01/45, JO-S.
17 Missions.
14 missions found recorded in the ORBS with the first 21/22-Nov-1944 to Dortmund-Ems-Canal Ladbergen.
The 14th mission was on 16/17-Jan-1945 to Brux the crew for this mission were Pilot F/O B Ward-Smith DFC RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt E Taylor RAF, Nav F/O J A Wainwright RAF, B/Aimer F/O J A Coyne RAF, Wireless Op F/O G D Aitken RAAF, MU Gunner F/S A J Tyson RAAF, Rear Gunner W/O J A W Martin RAAF.
ME357 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 17/12/44 to 04/09/45, AR-U.
31 460Sqn missions.
Crashed into the sea 19/04/45 while with 49 Sqn RAF.
ME362 Mk. III 35 Sqn,
467 Sqn,
53 Sqn,
97 Sqn,
Sold for scrap 5/2/45.
ME370 Mk. III 7 Sqn,
405 SQN,
467 SQN,
97 SQN,
To 5825M 3/46.
ME379 Mk. III 405 Sqn,
467 Sqn,
207 Sqn,
SOC 29/8/47.
ME395 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 24/02/45 to ??/??/45. JO-S.
11 Missions. Survived.
We found 13 missions recorded in the ORBS for ME395 the first to Ladbergen on the 24-Feb-1945,
The 13th & last mission for ME395 and also for the Sqdn was to Tonsberg on the 25/26-Apr-1945.
The crew listed in the ORBS was Pilot S/L A E Vowels DFC RAAF, F/Engineer P/O E F Martin DFM RAF, Nav F/S E K Ayling-Rouse RAF, B/Aimer F/O J Kennedy RAAF, Wireless Op W/O J Bucks RAAF, MU Gunner F/O G G Easterling RAF, Rear Gunner F/O G H Pike RAF.
ME427 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 3/03/45 to?
18 Missions. Survived.
17 missions recorded in the ORBS with the first 3/4 –Mar-1945 to Dortmund-Ems-Canal Ladbergen.
The last & 17th mission was on the 23rd of April 1945 to Flensburg.
The crew for the mission to Flensburg according to the ORBS were Pilot F/O F E Hyland RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt R F Stewart RAF, Nav Sgt K E Jenkins RAF, B/Aimer Sgt K K M Algar RAF, Wireless Op F/S M W Campbell RAAF, MU Gunner Sgt E J Evans RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt K C Richardson RAF.
ME432 Mk. I 467 Sqn,
635 Sqn,
35 Sqn,
SOC 8/10/46.
ME445 Mk. I 582 Sqn,
405 Sqn,
467 Sqn,
83 Sqn,
50 Sqn,
101 Sqn,
SOC 20/11/46.
ME453 Mk. III 467 Sqn. PO-L.
Lost, 3-4/03/45, Ladbergen.
ME478 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 3/03/45 to 8/04/45, JO-E.
14 Missions. Lost.
The ORBS records 14 missions for ME478 the first to Dortmund-Ems Canal at Ladbergen on 3/4 March 1945. The 14th to Lutzkendorf on 8/9 April 1945.
During this mission ME478 was hit by flak & lost both inner engines, with the plane rapidly loosing height the Pilot ordered the crew to bail out. All crew members did so successfully.
The crew list for this mission in the ORBS were Pilot F/O N S Ferris RAAF, F/Engineer F/S N Bigwoon RAF, Nav P/O S D Richardson RAAF, B/Aimer F/S I B Cliff RAAF, Wireless Op W/O M R Bitmead RAAF, MU Gunner F/S C Brown RAAF, Rear Gunner F/S J Hayes RAAF.
ME484 Mk. III 467 Sqn,
35 Sqn,
SOC 31/10/46.
ME488 Mk. III 467 Sqn,
35 Sqn,
SOC 3/6/47.
ME489 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 3/03/45 to? JO-P.
11 Missions. Survived.
11 missions recorded in the ORBS.
The first mission for ME489 was to Dortmund-Ems at Ladbergen on the 3/4-March-1945.
The last mission for ME489 was also the last for 463 Sqdn Tonsburg April 25/26 1945. The crew for this mission were Pilot F/L D A Read RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt J Affleck RAF, Nav F/O J Maclntyre RAAF, B/Aimer F/S V Marcroft RAAF, Wireless Op F/O A Walker RAAF, MU Gunner F/O J Pickford RAAF, Rear Gunner F/O R J Kelly RAAF.
ME563 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 1/01/44 to 27/01/44, JO-L.
6 Missions. Lost.
Could only find 5 missions in the ORBS. ME563's first mission on1/2-Jan1944 to Berlin.
It's last mission was also to Berlin on 27/28-Jan-1944. It's crew for this mission was Pilot F/O A J D Leslie RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt R R Jones RAF, Nav W/O T V Finn RAF, B/Aimer F/O F Chidgey RAAF, Wireless Op F/S D G Barrett RAAF, MU Gunner Sgt A Wiggins RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt J Falconer RAF.
ME571 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 15/02/44 to 21/05/44, JO-W.
29+ Missions.
Lost, 21-22/05/44 Duisburg.
ME573 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 15/02/44 to 15/03/44, JO-J.
12+ Missions. Lost. ORBS records 6 missions for ME573 with 463 Sqdn before it was listed as missing.
The first mission to Leipzig on 19/20-Feb-1944.
The 6th & last mission on 15/16-March-1944 to Stuttgart ME573's crew according to the ORBS was Pilot P/O J Roberts DFC RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt J Wilby RAF, Nav P/O P C R Brown RAF, B/Aimer F/S J M Benzie RAAF, Wireless Op F/S S J F Palmer RAAF, MU Gunner Sgt R Pead RAF, Rear Gunner F/S J K R Child RNZAF.
ME575 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-G.
6 Missions,
Lost, 27-28/01/44 Berlin.
ME580 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 14/01/44 to 21-5-44, JO-Q.
34 Missions.
Lost 21-22/05/44 Duisburg.
ME614 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 27/01.44 to 4/07/44, JO-K.
30 Missions.
Lost 5/07/44 St Leu.
ME615 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 27/01/44 to 28/07/44, JO-T.
52 Missions.
Lost 28-29/07/44 Stuttgart.
ME640 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 20/02/44 to 24/03/44, AR-M.
6 missions.
Lost 24-25/03/44 Berlin, Damaged by flak and crashed near Osterbrock.
ME646 Mk. I 460 Sqn.
Exploded 7/03/44 Binbrook.
ME649 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 15/03/44 to 29/08/44, AR-J2.
65 460 Sqn missions. Total of 85 Missions.
Lost with 103 Sqn RAF.
ME663 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 15/03/44 to 04/09/44, AR-M.
7 460 Sqn missions.
Shot down by a night fighter 9-10/04/44, while homebound and crashed near Ale, Denmark.
ME671 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 08/10/44 to 08/10/44.
1 460Sqn mission. Total of 64 missions.
Lost with 576 Sqn RAF.
ME676 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 30/03/44 to 22/04/44.
4 460 Sqn missions. Total of 8+ missions.
Crashed with 625 Sqn RAF.
ME696 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 30/03/44 to 07/12/44. AR-B2.
10 missions.
Lost 10/06/44 Acheres.
ME698 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 04/09/44 to 24/06/44.
35 460 Sqn missions. Total of 115 missions.
Struck off with 103 Sqn RAF.
ME701 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 26/03/44 to 29/06/44, JO-F.
33 Missions.
Damaged 29/06/44.
Scraped 07/44

Lancaster ME 701
 JO-F "Whoa Bessie"
463 Squadron
 Waddington
ME727 Mk. I 460 Sqn.
Crashed on take-off,  9/04/44, Binbrook.
ME728 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 18/04/44 to 05/03/44, AR-F2.
8 missions.
Shot down 3-4/05/44 near Avantles-Marcilly when homebound.
ME740 Mk. I 460 Sqn, AR-E.
5 missions.
Lost 3/05/44 Mailly le camp.
ME744 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 20/04/44 to 25/07/44, AR-K2.
40+ missions.
ME755 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 21/05/44 to 14/07/44, AR-Z.
26 missions.
Shot down by night fighter 14-15/06/44 and crashed at Chevillon.
ME775 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 03/05/44 to 12/07/44.
4 Missions.
ME776 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 21/05/44 to 07/12/44, AR-C.
26 460 Sqn missions. Total of 38+ missions.
Struck off with 550 Sqn.
ME784 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 21/05/44 to 29/06/44.
21 missions.
Damaged beyond repair. 29/06/44. Two engines damaged by flak, aircraft crash landed at Manston (Siracourt).
ME785 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 21/04/44 to 06/12/44, AR-H2.
13 missions.
Lost 13/06/44 Gelsenkirchen.
ME793 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 24/05/44 to 27/06/44, AR-G2.
15 460Sqn missions.
Lost 27-28/06/44 Varies.
ME851 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
14 Missions.
Lost, 07-08/7/44 Nevers France.
ME853 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-Q.
Lost, 2/08/44, Bois de Cassan.
ME856 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-T.
Lost, 28-29/07/44, Stuttgart.
ND326 Mk. III 100 Sqn,
463 Sqn,
Sold for scrap 7/5/47.
ND332 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 10-9-44 to 28-10-44. JO-S
24+ Missions.
Lost 28-29/10/44 Bergan.
Aircraft found 1998.
ND361 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 20/01/44 to 30/03/44, AR-R.
13 Missions.
Lost, 31/03/44 Nuremberg.
ND364 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 14/01/44 to 27/04/44, AR-F.
15 Missions.
Lost, 28/04/44 Friedrichshafen.
ND366 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 21/01/44 to 21/01/44.
3 Missions.
Crashed 22/01/44 Caistor.
ND392 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 02/01/44 to 12/09/44.
48 Missions.
Struck off 26/03/46.
ND393 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 02/01/44 to 15/03/44, AR-E.
5 Missions.
Lost, 16/03/44 Stuttgart.
ND394 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 29/12/43 to 24/02/44, AR-J2.
14 Missions.
Lost, 25/02/44 Schweinfurt.
ND419 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 21/01/44 to 20/02/44.
5 Missions.
Crashed 21/02/44 nr. N Witham, Lincs (Stuttgart).
ND463 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 21/01/44 to 24/03/44, AR-S.
12 Mission.
Lost, 25/03/44 Berlin.
ND473 Mk. III 467 Sqn. PO-N.
Mid air collision, 4-5/01/45 with 189 Sqn aircraft.
ND521 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 04/04/45 to 25/04/45, AR-F2.
34 Missions.
Struck off 21/02/46.
ND531 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 26/04/44 to 03/05/44, AR-R.
4 Missions. Lost .
ND553 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 26/04/44 to 30/04/44.
1 Mission.
Crashed 30/04/44 Binbrook. Dinghy came loose and jammed the tail.
ND569 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 15/02/44 to 19/02/44, AR-E.
2 Missions.
Lost, 20/02/44 Leipzig.
ND584 Mk. III SIU,
460 Sqn. 07/05/44 to 12/05/44.
4 Missions.
BDU,
CBE,
To 5865M,
Struck off 16/01/47.
ND586 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 15/02/44 to 10/04/44, AR-B.
13 Missions.
Lost, 11/04/44 Aulnoye.
ND615 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 15/03/44 to 29/10/44, AR-K2.
73 Missions.
Struck off 30/04/46.
ND630 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 15/03/44 to 03/05/44, AR-G2.
15 Missions.
Lost, 4/05/44 Mailly-le-Camp.
ND634 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 15/03/44 to 12/07/44, AR-G.
29 Missions.
ND652 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 15/03/44 to 26/04/44, AR-C.
9 Missions.
Lost, Essen 27/04/44.
ND654 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 20/07/44 to 20/07/44, AR-R.
1 Mission.
Lost, Courtrai 21/07/44.
ND656 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 22/03/44 to 14/07/44, AR-D.
31 Missions.
ND658   460 Sqn. 18/03/44 to 11/05/44.
13 Missions.
ND674 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 15/03/45 to 11/05/44, AR-C2.
17 Missions.
Lost, Hasselt 12/05/44.
ND677 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 18/07/44 to 09/04/45, AR-M.
59 Missions.
Struck off 4/07/46.
ND713 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 07/08/45 to 16/01/45.
11 Missions.
Struck off 24/10/45.
ND729 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
31 Missions.
Lost, 24-25/6/44 Prouville.
ND732 Mk. III 467 Sqn. 6 Missions.
Lost, 20-21/4/44 La Chappelle France.
ND733 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 5/10/44 to 16/4/45. JO-L.
59 Missions. Lost. ORBS record 44 missions.
The first mission was to Wilhelmshaven on 5-Oct-1944.
During ND733's 44th & last mission with 463 Sqdn to PILSEN it was severely damaged by a night fighter. Pilot ordered crew to bail out at 2,500 ft they did so in 9-10 seconds. Pilot bailed out after crew at 1,700 ft with the whole of the starboard mainplane on fire. Plane exploded on impact 4 miles from of the allied airbase at Jouvencourt.
The crew listing on this last mission is Pilot F/O J A Hagley RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt L Harper RAF, Nav F/S K C Bruhn RAAF, B/Aimer F/S W J Colebrook RAAF, Wireless Op F/S A W Paterson RAAF, MU Gunner W/O E C Everett RAAF, Rear Gunner F/S J E C Tullock RAAF. ND733's following missions Dortmund-Ems Canal 3/4-Mar-1945, Bohlen 5/6-Mar-1945, Bohlen 20/21-Mar-1945, Bremen 22-Mar-1945 & Farge 27-Mar-1945 were Piloted by F/O L Menzies RAAF the Navigator in this crew F/S F A Lester RAAF is my Grandfather (Dave Best).
ND738 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 25/03/44 to 30/03/44, AR-E.
3 Missions.
Lost, 31/03/44 Nuremberg.
ND791 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 20/07/44 to 13/04/45, AR-N.
83 Missions.
Struck off 31/05/46.
ND822 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 20/07/44 to 14/01/45, AR-L/N.
Total Missions 44.
On 14/01/45 they took off from Binbrook to Mersburg (near Leipzig) to bomb the Halle Leuna Synthetic Oil Refinery. They crashed at Ludord Magna, about four miles from Binbrook at about 10 at night shortly after take-off. All the crew were killed immediately apart from Rear Gunner Peterson, who was severely injured. Unfortunately, he died on 20 January 1945.
In all 18 bombers took part in the raid. The other 17 bombers returned home safely.
The other members of the crew (all Australian) were: Gerald Duncan Walker (Pilot Officer) - aged 21 Kelvin Hutchings (Air Bomber) Reginald Wiliam Hamilton (Navigator) Edward Robert Winton (Wireless Operator) Leo Ronald Baruden (Air Gunner) Bernard Bruce Peterson (Rear Gunner).
ND860 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Lost, 4/05/44 Mailly-le-Camp.
ND861 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 25/07/44 to 25/07/44.
44 Missions.
ND863 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 25/07/44 to 12/08/44.
10 Missions.
ND864 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 20/04/45 to 08/08/44, AR-A2.
38 Missions.
ND959 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 18/07/44 to 13/04/45, AR-T.
70 Missions.
Struck off 20/02/47.
ND967 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 18/07/44 to 31/08/44, AR-N.
16 Missions.
Struck off 4/09/47.
ND968 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 04/08/44 to 18/04/45, AR-O.
61 Missions.
Struck off 4/10/45.
ND970 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 06/06/44 to 28/01/45, AR-S.
46 Missions.
Lost, Stuttgart 29./01/45.
ND971 Mk. III 460 Sqn.18/07/44 to 06/12/44, AR-K2.
18 Missions.
Lost, 7/12/44 Merseburg.
NE116 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 21/05/44 to 22/06/44, AR-G.
15 Missions.
Lost, 23/06/44 Riems.
NE133 Mk. III 463 Sqn.19-5-44 to 4-11-44.JO-X.
64 Missions.
Lost 4/11/44 Dortmund.
NE139 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
Crashed on take-off 4/07/44, Binbrook.
NE141 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 20/07/44 to 21/11/44, AR-P.
48 Missions.
Lost, 22/11/44 Aschaffenburg.
NE142 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 15/06/44 to 09/04/45, AR-Q.
77 Missions.
Struck off 3/06/47.
NE144 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 07/08/44 to 29/08/44, AR-F2.
3 Missions.
Shot down by a night fighter 30/08/44, and crashed into the sea. (Stettin).
NE163 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 24/05/44 to 25/07/44, AR-F2.
26 Missions.
NE164 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 22/05/44 to 14/07/44.
26 Missions.
NE174 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 02/06/44 to 04/07/44, AR-M.
14 Missions. Lost, 5/07/44 Orleans.
NE176 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 08/08/44 to 08/02/45.
8 Missions.
Struck off 25/10/45.
NF908 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
Crashed 03/01/45 Leek. Training flight.
Crashed 03/01/45 on The Roaches.
Crew / Passengers; Pilot W.V.W Allamby Pilot Officer Pilot Killed J.I. Pritchard Flight Lieutenant Navigator Killed G.J. Dunbar Flight Sergeant Bomb Aimer Killed R. Emonson Flight Sergeant Wireless Operator Killed T.E.H. Wright Flight Sergeant Air Gunner Killed C.C. Watson Flight Sergeant Air Gunner Killed N. Lees Sergeant Flight Engineer Killed.
NF910 Mk. I 467 Sqn,
To De Havilland,
SOC 12/8/50.
NF917 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-Q.
Lost, 11/11/44, Harburg.
NF929 Mk. I 9 Sqn,
619 Sqn,
463 Sqn,
SOC 2/6/47.
NF977 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 10-9-44 to 23-10-44. JO-G.
18 Missions.
Lost. 23/10/44 Flushing.
15 missions recorded in the ORBS with the first on 10 September 1944 to Le Harve.
The 15th and last mission was to Flushing on the 23rd of October 1944.
The crew for this mission according to the ORBS were Pilot F/O C Borsht RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt K E Leigh RAF, Nav W/O B G O'Connell RAAF, B/Aimer F/S T D Laing RAF, Wireless Op F/S M C Staunton-Smith RAAF, MU Gunner F/S T D Lonergan RAAF, Rear Gunner F/S R G S Cooper RAAF.
NF989 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-P.
Lost, 23/10/44, Flushing.
NF990 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 11/10/44 to 6/11/44. JO-Q.
11 Missions.
Lost 06-07/11/44, Gravenhorst, all crew became POW's.
ORBS list 11 missions NF990 with the first Flushing 11-Nov-1944 & last Ems-Wesser Canal.
The same crew flew both missions.
The crew listed in the ORBS were Pilot F/O C J Lynch RAAF POW, F/Engineer Sgt Haywood RAF POW, Nav Sgt G Sunderland RAF KIA, B/Aimer F/S R C Rodgers RAF KIA, Wireless Op F/S E A Woolmer RAAF POW, MU Gunner Sgt S Harding RAF bailed out & died of injuries, Rear Gunner Sgt E Evans RAF.
Missing on the same mission as NG191 & PD311.
NG191 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 14/10/44 to 6/11/44. JO-A.
10 Missions. Lost.
10 missions recorded in the ORBS with the first being flown to Brunswick on the 14/15-Oct-1944. For the last mission to the Ems-Weser Canal on 6/7-Nov-1944.
The listed crew were Pilot F/O J Austin RAAF, F/Engineer F/S K Tonks RAF, Nav F/O S Rodgers RAF, B/Aimer F/S E L M Ameye RAF, Wireless Op F/O H V Ellens RAAF, MU Gunner Sgt D A Holmes RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt J Baggaley RAF.
Missing on the same mission as PD311 & NF990.
NG193 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 18/12/44 to 14/01/45. JO-D.
18 Missions.
Lost 14-15/01/45 Merseburg Leurna.
Found 14 records for NG193 in the ORBS.
The first mission on 11-Oct-1944 was to Flushing the 14th & last mission for NG193 was on 14/15-Jan1945 to Merseburg Leurna.
The crew listed in the ORBS were Pilot F/O RA Leonard RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt P C Kimber RAF, Nav F/S K M Vaughan RAAF, B/Aimer F/O D L Dickson RAAF, Wireless Op F/S V G Dingey RAAF, MU Gunner F/S E E Evans RAAF, Rear Gunner F/S G F Chomley RAAF.
NG194 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 14/10/44 to? JO-J.
48 Missions.
NG196 Mk. I 467 Sqn,
Missing Siegen 2/2/45.
NG197 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-G.
Lost, 1-2/02/45, Siegan.
NG234 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 4/11/44 to 13/02/45. JO-E.
25 Missions.
Lost.13-14/02/45 Dresden.
NG256 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 4/11/44 to 6/11/44.
2 Missions.
Crashed 6/11/44 at Seething, Norfolk on the return from Ems-Wesser Canal.
ORBS record 4 missions.
First mission flown on 4-Nov-1944 was to Dortmund-Ems Canal.
Crash-landed into tress on approach at Seething, Norfolk on the return from the 2nd mission to Ems-Wesser Canal 6/7-Nov-1944.
2 more missions listed in the ORBS,
The last record 16-Nov-1944 Duren flown by Pilot F/O Ward-Smith DFC RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt E Taylor RAF, Nav F/O R W Markham RAAF, B/Aimer F/O J A Coyne RAF, Wireless Op F/O G D Aitken RAAF, MU Gunner F/S A J Tyson RAAF, Rear Gunner W/O J A W Martin RAAF.
NG275 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 1/02/45 to2/02/45. JO-K
1 Mission.
Lost Siegen 1-2/02/45,
The crew listed in the ORBS were Pilot F/O F H Smith RAAF POW, F/Engineer Sgt F Moss RAF POW, Nav P/O R O Bailey RAAF KIA, B/Aimer F/O B P Donaghue RAAF POW, Wireless Op P/O R T Simonson RAAF POW, MU Gunner P/O E J Earl RAAF POW, Rear Gunner F/S Cameron RAAF POW.
This was the crew's 23rd mission.
NG329 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 10/12/44 to 22/02/45. JO-Z.
20 Missions.
Lost 21-22/02/45 to Gravenhorst.
The ORBS have 20 missions for NG329 with the first 10-Dec-1944 to Urft Dam, the 20th & last was on 21/22-Feb-1945 to Gravenhorst.
The crew listed in the ORBS for the last mission were Pilot F/O G H Farrow RAAF, F/Engineer F/S S B Bridgeman RAF, Nav F/O P A Harris RAF, B/Aimer W/O E D Bermingham RAAF, Wireless Op F/O J B Wiltshire RAAF, MU Gunner Sgt F Bon RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt F T Clay RAF. 6 of the crew returned to OPS and completed a further 8 missions by the end of the war.
The F/Engineer F/S S B Bridgeman RAF was still in hospital with a leg injury.
NG366 Mk. I 467 Sqn,
SOC 15/1/47.
NG401 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 1/02/45 to 5/03/45. JO-G.
9 Missions.
Crashed 5-6/03/45 Bohlen,
ORBS records 8 missions. RAAF Pilot F/O A C Belford DSO piloted 7 of the 8 missions.
The first on 2/3-Feb-1945 to Karlsruhe.
During the 8th mission to Bohlen on 5/6-Mar-1945 JO-G was badly damaged F/O A C Belford DSO with both gunners badly injured headed for Juvencourt where they crash landed and ended up in partially filled bomb crater.
The remainder of the crew were F/Engineer F/S H F Burchett RAF, Nav F/O D L Wheeler RAAF, B/Aimer F/S J P Polkinghorn RAAF, Wireless Op F/S E G Jowitt RAAF, MU Gunner F/S P R Shipperd RAF wounded, Rear Gunner F/S P Jobson wounded RAAF.
NG404 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 08/02/45 to 25/04/45, AR-H.
Total Missions 25.
Caught fire in the air 17/07/45 and abandoned near Kirton in Lindsey.
NG434 Mk. I 33 Sqn,
467 Sqn,
SOC 22/5/47.
NG438 Mk. I 35 Sqn,
467 Sqn,
207 Sqn,
SOC 15/5/47.
NG439 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 1/02/45 to 22/03/45.
17 Missions.
Crashed after air test 22/03/45 Scopwick Lincs,
17 missions recorded in the ORBS, the first 1/2-Feb-1945 was to Siegen.
The 17th and last mission was on 22-Mar-1945 to Bremen.
There is no report of a crash in the ORBS on the 22nd March 1945.
The crew according to the ORBS for this mission were Pilot P/O R Ellis RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt A Thompson RAF, Nav P/O C Crake RAF, B/Aimer P/O C Evetts RAF, Wireless Op F/S D Cameron RAAF MU Gunner F/O I Clyde RAF, Rear Gunner P/O D Martin RAF.
NG455 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-H.
Lost, 7-8/03/45, Ladbergen.
NG466 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 07/02/45 to 21/03/45, AR-Y.
12 Missions.
Lost, 22/03/45 Bochum.
NG468 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 13/02/45 to 23/02/45, AR-J2.
Lost, 22/02/45 Duisburg.
NG469 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 13-2-45 to 3-3-45. JO-D.
6 Missions.
Lost 3-4/03/45 Dortmund-Ems Ladbergen,,
6 Missions. Lost.
6 missions listed in the ORBS. The first mission on 13/14-Feb-1945 to Dresden.
The last mission on 3/4-Mar-1945 to Dortmund-Ems Ladbergen NG469's crew for that mission were Pilot F/O F J Howells RAAF, F/Engineer F/S D Bates RAF, Nav F/S P T Barlow RAF, B/Aimer F/S Foreman RAAF, Wireless Op F/S O B Elliott RAAF, MU Gunner Sgt C R Billard RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt J M H Millar RAF.
NG483 Mk. I 619 Sqn,
463 Sqn,
SOC 2/6/47.
NG485 Mk. I 467 Sqn,
35 Sqn,
SOC 15/11/46.
NG502 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 13/02/45 to 04/03/45, AR-J.
7 Missions.
Shot down by a JU88 intruder 4/03/45 near Langworth, Lincs while on a training exercise.
NN703 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
NN714 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-W.
Lost, 11-12/11/44, Harburg.
NN721 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 14-10-44 to 14-2-45. JO-T.
29 Missions.
Lost 14-15/02/45 Rositz.
NN799 Mk. I 460 Sqn 14/02/45 to 18/04/45.
13 Missions.
Struck off 7/05/47.
NN804 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 14-2-45 to ? JO-B.
23 Missions.
NX560 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 11/03/45 to 25/04/45, AR-J2.
18 Missions.
NX568 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 18/04/45 to 22/04/45, AR-U.
2 Missions.
NX570 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 21/03/45 to 25/04/45, AR-P.
11 Missions.
Struck off 21/11/46.
NX581 Mk. I 49 Sqn,
50 Sqn,
463 Sqn,
SOC 2/6/47.
NX584 Mk. I 463 Sqn7-4-45 to 8-4-45. JO-V.
2 Missions.
Lost. 8/9/04/45 Lutzendorf,
2 Missions. Lost. ORBS lists 2 missions.
The first to Molbis 7/8 April 1945.
The 2nd mission for NX584 was to Lutzendorf 8/9 April 1945. Flown by RAAF Pilot F/O T H Baulderstone RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt W S Phillip RAF, Nav F/S J W Hill RAAF, B/Aimer P/O R E A Adrian RCAF, Wireless Op W/O J Bomby RCAF, MU Gunner Sgt B Blythe RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt D Broadhead RAF. NX584 was hit by heavy flak near the target, Pilot radioed emergency jump & crew bailed out. The only survivor was the rear gunner RAF Sgt D Broardhead.
NX585 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 21/03/45 to 25/04/45, AR-K.
4 Missions.
Lost, Berchtesgaden 25/04/45.
NX588 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 14/04/45 to 25/04/45, AR-C.
4 Missions.
Struck off 27/08/46.
NX589 Mk. I 460 Sqn,
SOC 27/8/46.
NX603 Mk. I 460 Sqn,
SOC 9/9/46.
NX604 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 14/04/45 to 25/04/45, AR-D.
4 Missions.
Struck off 2/10/46.
NX605 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 14/04/45 to 25/04/45, AR-B.
4 Missions.
Struck off 17/09/46.
NX606 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 14/04/45 to 25/04/45, AR-C.
4 Missions.
Struck off 17/09/46.
NX607 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 18/04/45 to 25/04/45, AR-N.
3 Missions.
Struck off 28/07/46.
NX608 ? Mk. I One source has NX608 serving with 460, but we can only find record of it with 12 Sqn RAF until it was SOC 3/9/47. Any further information would be apreciated.
NX622 Mk. I 463 Sqn, JO-D

Highlight for Album: Lancaster NX622 
"LL847 JO-D"

PA169 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-H.
Abandoned 1/01/45 damaged by AAA.
PA187 Mk. I 463 Sqn,
467 Sqn,
635 Sqn,
35 Sqn,
ATDU,
SOC 1/1/47.
PA230 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 08/02/45 to 25/04/45.
25 Missions 25.
Struck off 28/08/46.
PA257 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 08/03/45 to 13/03/45.
3 Missions 3.
Struck off 22/10/47.
PA275 Mk. I 207 Sqn,
460 Sqn, AR-A,
207 Sqn,
SOC 6/11/45.
PA304 Mk. I 460 Sqn,
207 Sqn, Crashed on landing, Methwold 29/1/46.
PA314 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 8-4-45 to?
5 Missions,
5 Missions. Survived.
5 missions recorded in the ORBS.
The first mission flown on April 8/9 1945 to Lutzendorf.
PA314's last mission was also the last mission for 463 Sqdn's Tonsburg, on April 25/26 1945.
Its crew for the last mission were Pilot F/L K H Henley RAAF, F/Engineer W/O J Lancaster RAF, Nav F/O E S Cocks RAAF, B/Aimer F/O N Massey RAF, Wireless Op Sgt D R McMillan RCAF, MU Gunner Sgt G Smith RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt R Wilson RAF.
PA317 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 14/04/45 to 25/04/45.
4 Missions.
Struck off 28/11/46.
PA322 Mk. I 460 Sqn.
PA330 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 25-4-45 to?
1 Mission,
1 Mission. Survived.
PA330's first & only mission was to Tonsburg on April 25/26 1945. The last mission for 463 Sqdn Pilot F/O B A C Beer RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt H M Boardman RAF, Nav W/O J D Craig RAAF, B/Aimer Sgt W N F Van-Ditmar RAF, Wireless Op Sgt G D Gooding RAAF, MU Gunner Sgt N J Baker RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt J Cunningham RAF.
PA970 ? Mk. III ? One source has PA970 serving with 460 Sqn, but we can only find record of it with 405 Sqn RCAF until it went missing on 8/9/44 (Le Havre).
Any further information would be appreciated.
PB116 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 03/08/44 to 19/03/45, AR-D.
63 Missions. S
Struck off 28/11/46.
PB117 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 18/07/44 to 06/12/44, AR-O/T.
28 Missions.
PB125 Mk. III 460 Sqn. Coded AR-L,
Delivered to Squadron July 1944.
Took off from RAF Binbrook at 1138 hours on 3 August 1944 to bomb V1 flying bomb storage at Trossy-St-Maximin, France. Bomb load 6 x 1000lb and 4 x 500lb bombs.
Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base.
Twenty five aircraft from the squadron took part in the raid, and one PB125 failed to return.
Post war it was established that the aircraft crashed at St Maclou de Folleville village, 6kms east of Troyes and approx 16 miles south of Dieppe, France.
All the crew were killed and they are buried in the St Maclou de Folleville Churchyard.

Crew: Pilot F/O RC Fidock RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt DC Stock RAF, Nav F/Sgt RH Jones RAF,  B/Aimer F/Sgt WR Hullett RAAF, Wireless Op F/Sgt KF Heidtman RAAF, MU Gunner Sgt J Burke RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt JE Trollope RAF.
PB152 Mk. III 460 Sqn 02/08/44 to 15/10/44, AR-Z.
20 Missions.
Lost, 20/10/44 Stuttgart.
PB155 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 03/08/44 to 19/03/45, AR-K.
75 Missions.
Crashed 19/03/45, Kelstern village Lincs.
PB175 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 07/08/44 to 19/10/44, AR-A2.
30 Missions.
Lost, 20/10/44 Stuttgart.
PB176 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 03/08/44 to 31/08/44, AR-M.
14 Missions.
Ditched 31/08/44 North Sea, (Rambert).
PB187 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 08/08/44 to 12/03/45, AR-E.
53 Missions.
Lost 12/ 03/45 Dortmund.
PB213 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 03/08/44 to 05/03/45, AR-V/A.
57 Missions.
Flew into the ground at Oxon 15/04/45 while with 1661HCU.
PB226 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 02/08/44 to 27/03/45, AR-G.
60 Missions.
PB227 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 26/07/44 to 13/04/45, AR-R.
75 Missions.
Crashed landing at Winthorpe 25/05/45 while with 1661HCU.
PB234 Mk. III 467 Sqn.
3 Missions
Lost, 18-19/07/44, Revigny France.
PB246 Mk. III 463 Sqn.
PB254 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 03/08/44 to 07/10/44, AR-K.
23 Missions.
Lost 7/09/44 hit by incendiaries Emmerich.
PB255 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 28/07/44 to 24/12/44, AR-E.
34 Missions.
Lost, 25/12/44 Cologne.
PB260 Mk. III 460 Sqn.
PB263 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 23/09/44 to 27/09/44.JO-T.
37 Missions.
Lost 27-28/09/44 Kaiserslautern.
PB264 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 12-7-44 to? JO-H.
74 Missions.
PB285 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 28/07/44 to 04/04/45, AR-L/N.
73 Missions.
Overshot landing 11/09/45 Warboys while with 123 Flight.
PB290 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 12/7/44 to 6/12/44. JO-K.
48 Missions.
Lost 6-7/12/44 Giessen.
PB301 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 03/08/44 to 03/02/45, AR-J.
58 Missions.
Lost, 4/02/45 Bottrop.
PB306 Mk. III 467 Sqn. PO-J.
Lost, 2-3/02/44, Karlsruhe.
PB351 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 05/08/44 to 23/10/44, AR-H2.
28 Missions.
Crashed 23/10/44 near Bircham Newton airfield. Houghton Hall, Norfolk.
PB352 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 07/08/45 to 13/04/45, AR-C.
75 Missions.
Struck off 14/01/47.
PB379 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 26/08/44 to 29/08/44, AR-E2.
2 Missions 2.
Crashed 30/08/44 Sweden (Stettin).
PB383 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 03/09/44 to 09/04/45, AR-H2.
56 Missions.
PB406 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 03/09/44 to 31/03/45, AR-X.
51 Missions.
PB407 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 03/09/44 to 05/10/44, AR-U.
11 Missions.
Lost, 7/10/44 Emmerich.
PB459 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 06/09/44 to 29/11/44, AR-V.
32 Missions.
Lost, 29/11/44 Dortmund.
PB463 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 12/09/44 to 09/04/45, AR-C2.
57 Missions.
Dived into the ground 22/04/45 with 49 Sqn.
PB469 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 10/09/44 to 21/11/44, AR-H.
27 Missions.
Lost, 21/11/44 Ashaffenburg.
PB471 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 10/09/44 to 20/02/45, AR-F2.
50 Missions.
Lost, 21/02/45 Dortmund.
PB479 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 20/09/44 to 04/04/45, AR-F.
58 Missions.
PB513 Mk. III 7 Sqn,
405 Sqn,
467 Sqn,
SOC 22/2/46.
PB522 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 16/09/44 to 09/04/45, AR-G2.
46 Missions.
49 Sqn,
115 Sqn,
Struck off 21/05/47.
PB541 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 05/10/44 to 21/12/44, AR-E2.
14 Missions.
Lost, 19/11/44 Wanne-Eickel.
PB542 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 23/09/44 to 12/12/44, AR-D2.
24 Missions.
Lost, 13/12/44 Essen.
PB555 Mk. III 35 Sqn,
635 Sqn,
405 Sqn,
467 Sqn,
207 Sqn,
Sold for scrap 29/8/47.
PB557 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 03/10/44 to 15/03/45, AR-A2.
43 Missions.
Lost, 6/03/45 Chemnitz.
PB559 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 05/10/44 to 09/04/45, AR-B2.
53 Missions.
PB567 Mk. III 460 Sqn. 14/10/44 to 31/10/44, AR-U.
9 Missions.
Lost, 31/10/44 Cologne.
PB585 Mk. III 635 Sqn,
405 Sqn,
467 Sqn,
617 Sqn,
106 Sqn,
50 Sqn,
To 6167M 10/46.
PB614 Mk. III 35 Sqn,
405 Sqn,
467 Sqn,
207 Sqn,
SOC 8/5/47.
PB620 Mk. III 463 Sqn. 5/10/44 to 23/10/44. JO-P. "Piratical Pete",
6 Missions.
Lost 23/10/44 Flushing/Vlissingen.
6 Missions. Lost Flushing 23/10/44, 4 Crew Killed and 3 POW's.
ORBS records 3 missions for this A/C, the first flown 14/15-Oct-1944 to Brunswick.
The 3rd and last flown by Pilot F/O I J Dack DFC RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt H E L Lee RAF, Nav P/O J F Maple RAAF, B/Aimer W/O J McWilliam RAAF, Wireless Op Sgt A Easton RAF, MU Gunner F/S R J Coward RAAF, Rear Gunner Sgt C F Kirby RAF to Flushing 23-Oct-1944 on which the Navigator, Wireless Op & both gunners were killed.

Lancaster PB620 
JO-P 
"Piratical Pete"
PB625 Mk.III 582 Sqn,
156 Sqn,
467 Sqn,
207 Sqn,
SOC 3/6/47.
PB653 Mk.III 405 Sqn,
467 Sqn,
207 Sqn,
SOC 13/11/45.
PB688 Mk.I 463 Sqn. 19/10/44 to 21/12/44. JO-M.
16 Missions.
Crashed 21-22/12/44 Flew into the ground 1 mile North of Waddington on return Politz.
16 Missions. Crashed.
16 missions recorded in the ORBS the first was to Nurnburg on 19/20-Oct-1944.
The 16th and last mission for PB688 was to Politz on 21/22-Dec-1944.
PB688 crashed just 2 miles short from base, all crew members were KIA except for the Mid Upper Gunner. Crew list from the ORBS is Pilot R H F/O Halstead RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt B E Pettigrew RAF, Nav F/O C F Greenwood RAAF, B/Aimer F/S R J Power RAAF, Wireless Op F/S G J Cheyne RAAF, MU Gunner F/S T A Nation RAAF, Rear Gunner F/S L Miller RAAF.
PB695 Mk.I 463 Sqn. 28-10-44 to 4-1-45. JO-R.
21 Missions.
Lost 4/5/01/45 Royan.
21 Missions. Lost.
22 missions recorded in the ORBS with the first 28/29-Oct-1944 to Bergen.
The last mission was to Royan on 4/5-Jan-1945.
The crew listed for this last mission in the ORBS are Pilot F/O J Milne RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt E A Freeman RAF, Nav F/S J A Brown RAAF, B/Aimer F/S C L Fincham RAAF, Wireless Op W/O W A Simpson RAAF, MU Gunner F/S J F Prince RAAF, Rear Gunner F/S C F Walters RAAF.
PB726 Mk.I 467 Sqn,
635 Sqn,
35 Sqn,
207 Sqn,
Sold for scrap 29/08/47.
PB740 Mk.I 467 Sqn. PO-O.
Lost, 4-5/12/44, Heilbronn.
PB762 Mk.I 467 Sqn,
35 Sqn Swung while running up and hit other aircraft, Tibenham 17/1/43,
Not reparied.
PB792 Mk.I 463 Sqn. 4/12/44 to 4/12/44. JO-Q.
1 Mission.
Lost 04-05/12/44 Heilbronn.
Flew into hill near Le Hohwald, Vosges returning from Heilbronn.
1 Mission. Lost on night of 04-05/12/44 Heilbronn. 6 Crew Killed and 1 survivor.
ORBS report PB792 as a new Aircraft on it's first and what ended up as its only mission.
PB792's crew for this mission were Pilot P/O J K Waring RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt J Smith RAF, Nav F/S J L Brosnan RAAF, B/Aimer F/S G Groves RAAF, Wireless Op F/S R M Howell RAAF, MU Gunner F/S L H J Cheesman RAAF was the only survivor, Rear Gunner F/S R P Templeton RAAF. After attacking the target successfully the Lancaster flew into a hillside in very poor visibility.
PB804 Mk.I 463 Sqn. 4/12/44 to 21/02/45. JO-A.
22 Missions.
Lost 21-22/02/44 Gravenhorst.
PB806 Mk.I 467 Sqn. PO-W.
Lost, 3-4/0345, Ladbergen.
PB807 Mk.I 460 Sqn.02/01/45 to 02/02/45, AR-H.
7 Missions.
Lost, 3/02/45 Wiesbaden.
PB812 Mk.I 460 Sqn. 28/12/44 to 07/02/45.
9 Missions.
Dived into ground 10/02/45 on training flight Gaythorpe, Lincs.
PB816 Mk.I 460 Sqn. 06/01/45 to 16/03/45, AR-E2.
26 Missions.
Lost, 17/03/45 Nuremburg.
PB839 Mk.I 100 Sqn,
460 Sqn. 18/04/45 to 18/04/45.
33 Missions,
SOC 14/10/46.
PB845 Mk.I 463 Sqn. 27/12/44 to 20/03/45. JO-C.
23 Missions. Lost.
23 missions recorded in the ORBS.
The first on December 27 1944 was to Rheydt, the 23rd and last for PB845 was during March 20/21 1945 to Bohlen.
The Squadron ORBS lists the following crew members for PB845’s last mission. Pilot F/O R S Bennett RAAF, F/Engineer F/S R Gordon RAF, Nav F/S G G Green RAF, B/Aimer Sgt L B Neaves RAF, Wireless Op Sgt S H Walker RAF, MU Gunner Sgt G O Little RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt A H Bunn RAF.
PB873 Mk.I 460 Sqn. 28/01/45 to 27/03/45.
26 Missions,
49 Sqn,
EAAS Named "Thor",
Sold for scrap 1/11/49.
PB875 Mk.I 460 Sqn. 14/01/45 to 31/03/45, AR-E2/K2.
29 Missions,
49 Sqn,
115 Sqn,
SOC 29/4/47.
PD203 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 7-7-44 to ? JO-W.
86 Missions.
PD215 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-F.
Abandoned, 17-18/12/44 after mid air collision, Munich.
PD218 Mk. I 467 Sqn,
6 LFS,
231 Sqn,
Sold for scrap 7/5/47.
PD230 Mk. I 463 & 467 Sqn.
Lost, 12-13/08/44, Russelshiem.
PD231 Mk. I 467 Sqn. PO-T.
Lost, 16-17/03/45, Wuzburg.
Last Operational loss 467Sqn.
PD254 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
PD258 Mk. I 463 Sqn 14/8/44 to 29/08/44. JO-S.
7 Missions. Lost.
ORBS have 7 recorded missions for PD258.
The first on 14 August 1944 was to Quesnay.
PD258 was listed in the ORBS as missing during the mission to Konigsberg on August 29/30 1944.
The ORBS list the crew for that mission were Pilot F/L T G J Parker RAF, F/Engineer Sgt R E S Packham RAF, Nav W/O N C Barrett RAAF, B/Aimer F/S T H F Dodd RAAF, Wireless Op F/S R Parker RAAF, MU Gunner F/S T G Jamieson RAAF, Rear Gunner F/S N A Taylor RAAF.
PD259 Mk. I 463/467 Sqn. JO-P.
7 missions. (1 - 463Sqn)
ORBS list 6 missions.
The first mission to Gilze Rijen on 15-Aug-1944.
Pilot F/O J H M McKern DFC RAAF, F/Engineer P/O G J Cook RAF, Nav P/O B C Luscombe RAAF, B/Aimer F/O W Jackson RAAF, Wireless Op P/O Henderson,D.A RAAF, MU Gunner P/O K J N Williams RAAF, Rear Gunner F/S J Frawley RAF flew the last mission to Konigsberg on the night of August 29/30 1944.

There is no mention of a crash of any sort in the ORBS or further recordings of PD259 in the ORBS after 29/30-Aug-1944. The aircraft was posted as missing, It is believed to have broken up mid-flight at 10,000 feet on the night of August 31, 1944, on a flight from Waddington with the loss of all seven crew on-board and was later discovered to have crashed near Kingussie during a training exercise.

The RAAF crew who died were pilot, Flying Officer Robert Beddoe (21), from Elsterwick, Victoria; navigator, Flight Sergeant Frederic Walker (32), St Ives, New South Wales; mid-upper gunner, Flight Sergeant Stanley Abbott (21), Cottesloe, West Australia; wireless operator, Flight Sergeant Terrence Dent (21), Walkeston, Queensland; rear gunner, Flight Sergeant Bevil Glover (23), Malvern, Victoria, and bomb aimer David Ryan (30), of Fairfield, Victoria.

One theory is that the bomber was struck by lightning while on a mission the previous night over German-occupied Koningsberg, now known as Kaliningrad in the Western Russian enclave between Poland and Lithuania.

Another possibility is that the plane was hit by lightning after encountering a fierce storm over the Highlands, leading to the catastophic failure of all four engines while on the training exercise.

Also on board was Glaswegian RAF flight engineer, Warrant Officer George Middleton, (37), who may have parachuted to safety in time from the doomed plane, but tragically could then have fallen to his death while trying to fetch help.

An open parachute was found at the crash scene by rescuers, and his body was recovered from the bottom of a cliff.

Part of a rear bomb bay, an aircraft camera, the flight engineer’s instrument panel and a section of the rear gun turret were amongst almost 50 items recovered from the wreck and taken to the aircraft’s former base for display.

Message Board discussion on PD259

PD311 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 10/09/44 to 6/11/44. JO-O.
19 Missions.
Lost 6-7/11/44 Ems-Weser Canal.
Only found 17 records for PD311 in the ORBS.
The first mission to La Harve on 10-Sep-1944.
For PD311's last mission to the Ems-Weser Canal on 6/7-Nov-1944 her crew was, Pilot P/O P J Bowell RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt W Forster RAF, Nav W/O E A Petersen RAAF, B/Aimer W/O W Plumb RAAF, Wireless Op W/O J R Williams RAAF, MU Gunner F/S W H J Butcher RAAF, Rear Gunner F/S I D Dutfield RAAF.
PD311 went missing on the same mission as NG191 & NF990.
PD329 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 6/10/44 to 24/Mar/1945 JO-Y.
19 Missions. Survived.
Total of 16 missions recorded in the ORBS.
The first was to Bremen on 6-Oct-1944, the last was to Sterdraie Rail Bridge 24-Mar-1945.
The crew for the last mission according to the ORBS were Pilot F/L T A Perry DFC RAAF, F/Engineer P/O F A England RAF, Nav P/O A B Turner RAAF, B/Aimer F/S J A Harrison RAF, Wireless Op P/O H E Williams RAAF, MU Gunner F/S C T Forrester RAAF, Rear Gunner P/O L Oxley RAF, Film Crew P/O Ansell and Sgt Corder.
Also of note is 3 other crews according to the ORBS flew PD329 on Bombing/Filming or just filming missions. F/L Bruce Buckham DSO-DFC was PD329’s pilot on several filming missions Pilot of PD329, 2 of these were to Tromso Fjord to record the attack by 9 Sqdn & 617 Sqdn on the German Battleship Tirpitz. 29-Oct-1944 & 12-Nov-1944. F/L T A Perry DFC Piloted PD329 on 4 missions included a film crew, 12-Mar-1945 Dortmund, 19-Mar-1945 Arnsberg Rail Viaduct, 23-Mar-1945 Bremen (Rail Bridge), 24-Mar-1945 Sterraie Rail Bridge. F/L G C Skelton DFC also piloted PD329 with a film crew 26/27-Nov-1944 to Munich & Dresden 13-14-Feb-1945.
PD330 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 11/09/44 to 19/02/45. JO-F.
41 Missions.
PD337 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 5/10/44 to 4/04/45 JO-L.
21 Missions. Survived.
The first mission was on 5-Oct-1944 Wilhelmshaven, the 21st & last for PD337 was on April 4 1945 to Nordhausen.
Crew listed in the ORBS for the last mission were Pilot W/C K M Kemp DFC RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt A N Maxwell RAF, Nav F/S J A Friend RAAF, B/Aimer F/S L A MacGillivray RAAF, Wireless Op F/S G C Punster RAAF, MU Gunner F/S G R Goddard RAAF, Rear Gunner W/O P K Dale RAAF.
From the 10th mission on PD337 carried a film crew to record the mission. F/L G C Skelton DFC and crew flew PD337 on 6 of these missions, Duren 16-Nov-44, Munich 17/18-Dec-44, Rheydt 27-Dec-44, Karlsruhe 2/3-Jan-45, Cologne 2-Mar-45 & Bremen 22-Mar-45. F/L T A Perry DFC also Piloted PD337 with a film crew Siegen 1/2-Jan-45, Gelsenkirchen 22-Feb-45, Pforsheim 23/24-Feb-45 & Bottrof 15-Mar-45.

Lancaster B Mark I, 
PD337 'JO-V' 
463 Squadron RAAF
Waddington, Lincolnshire,

PD338 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 5/10/44 to 2/11/44. JO-C.
11 Missions.
Lost 2/11/44 Düsseldorf.
ORBS records 11 missions.
The first to Wilhelmshaven on the 5th of October 1944.
The 11th & last mission to Düsseldorf on 2-Nov-1944 PD338 was crewed by Pilot F/O D G Smith RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt A F Hale RAF, Nav F/O J K Sweeney RAAF, B/Aimer F/S W D Scott RAAF, Wireless Op F/S D W Davidson RAAF, MU Gunner F/S K A Reed RAAF, Rear Gunner F/S B L Collins RAAF. This was their 3rd mission.
PD362 Mk. I 50 Sqn,
467 Sqn,
SOC 3/9/47.
PD398 Mk. I 467 Sqn.
Crashed Brielles-sur-Bar, France, 27/11/44, out of fuel. Munich.
PD418 Mk. I 617 Sqn,
467 Sqn,
To 5736M 11/45.
RA524 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 20/02/45 to 02/03/45, AR-V.
5 Missions.
Lost, 2/03/45 Cologne.
RA525 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 14/02/45 to 19/03/45.
14 Missions 14.
Struck off 25/03/48.
RA542 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 5-3-45 to 25/26/04/45. JO-Z.
17 Missions.
First mission was to Bohlen on 5/6-Mar-1945 the last for RA542 was to Tonsberg 25/26-Apr-1945, this was the last mission for 463 Sqdn and RA542 was the last Lancaster from 463 Sqdn lost.
Forced landed 25/4/45 Sweden. (Tonsberg), Crew interned until 8/5/45. 5 Crew were severely wounded.
On 25/4/45 TONSBERG VALLO 23 op lost forced landed in SWEDEN.
Crew interned until 8/5/45. 5 Crew were severely wounded.
The crew listed in the ORBS for the last mission were Pilot F/O A Cox DSO RAF, F/Engineer F/S G Simpson CGM RAF, Nav F/O J Wainwright DSO RAF, B/Aimer F/S R Smurthwaite RAF, Wireless Op Sgt F R Parent RAF, MU Gunner Sgt F W J H Logan RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt W D Hogg RAF. The 2 DSO’s & the CGM were awarded after this last mission.

Highlight for Album: Lancaster RA542 
JO-Z
RA572 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 19/03/45 to 25/04/45.
11 Missions.
Struck off 20/02/ 46.
RA573 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 22/03/45 to? JO-N.
8 Missions. Survived.
The first mission to Bremen on 22-Mar-1945.
For the last mission to Flensburg on 23-Apr-1945 RA573 JO-N was crewed by Pilot F/O G H Farrow RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt J Holt RAF, Nav F/O P A Harris RAF, B/Aimer W/O E D Bermingham RAAF, Wireless Op F/O J B Wiltshire RAAF, MU Gunner Sgt F Bone RAF, Rear Gunner F/S J S Verlin RAAF.

Lancaster RA573
463 Squadron

RA576 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 4/04/45 to ?
6 Missions.
6 Missions. Survived.
The first mission was Nordhausen on 4-Apr-1945.
For the last mission to Flensburg on 23-Apr-1945 RA576 was crewed by Pilot F/O N G Smith RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt J Smith RAF, Nav Sgt M Yea RAF, B/Aimer F/S I Green RAF, Wireless Op F/S N Hughes RAAF, MU Gunner Sgt N Gearing RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt K Davidson RAF.
RA598 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 22/04/45 to 25/04/45.
2 Missions.
Struck off 6/11/46.
RE124 Mk.III 460 Sqn. 31/03/45 to 22/04/45.
6 Missions.
Struck off 3/06/47.
RE134 Mk.III 467 Sqn,
35 Sqn,
SOC 15/5/47.
RE136 Mk.III 467 Sqn,
35 Sqn,
SOC 22/5/47.
RF139 Mk. I 467 Sqn,
35 Sqn,
SOC 2/6/47.
RF140 Mk. I 467 Sqn,
635 Sqn,
227 Sqn,
35 Sqn,
15 Sqn,
44 Sqn,
SOC 16/10/47.
RF141 Mk. I JO-U, 463 Sqn 5/03/45 to 25/26/04/45 JO-U.
17 Missions, Survived.
17 missions recorded in the ORBS, first 5/6-Mar-1944 to Bohlen.
The last mission for DV141 was also the last of the War for 463Sqdn, Tonsburg 25/26-Apr-1945.
The crew listed in the ORBS were Pilot F/O M Wicks DFC RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt L R Botting RAF, Nav P/O R S Brownlee RAAF, B/Aimer W/O F K Brett RAAF, Wireless Op F/S R J Jenkins, MU Gunner Sgt F H Boddy RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt L D Cottroll RAF.
SOC 25/3/48.
RF152 Mk. I 463Sqn. 11/03/45 to? JO-A.
15 Missions, Survived.
The ORBS record 15 missions with the first to Essen on 11-Mar-1945.
The last mission 25/26-Apr-45 was to Tonsberg again this was the last mission for 463 Sqdn.
On this mission RF152 was crewed by Pilot F/O N S Ferris RAAF, F/Engineer F/S N Bigwoon RAF, Nav P/O S D Richardson RAAF, B/Aimer F/S I B Cliff RAAF, Wireless Op W/O M R Bitmead RAAF, MU Gunner F/S C Brown RAAF, Rear Gunner F/S J Hayes RAAF.
RF152's following missions to Nordhausen 4-Apr-1945, Lutzendorf 8/9-Apr-1945, Komotau 18/19-Apr-1945 & Flensburg 23-Apr-1945 were Piloted by F/O L Menzies RAAF the Navigator in this crew F/S F A Lester RAAF is my Grandfather. My Grandfather's logbook has RF152 as JO-A. (Dave Best)
SOC 2/10/45.
RF175 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 5/03/45 to 25/26/04/45 JO-D.
16 Missions. Survived.
The first of 16 to Sassnitz was on 6/7-Mar-1945 the 16th and last mission was to Tonsberg 25/26-Apr-1945 (the last for 463 Sqdn).
According to the ORBS the crew for the last mission were Pilot F/O R H Watson RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt J Britton RAF, Nav F/O J A Cole RAAF, B/Aimer F/O J L Cook RAAF, Wireless Op F/O J Royal RAAF, MU Gunner F/O C L Chapman RAAF, Rear Gunner F/O A Rankine RAAF.
SOC 19/5/47.
RF177 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 11/03/45 to ??/??/45 JO-F
15 Missions. Survived.
15 missions recorded in the ORBS with the first to Essen on 11-March-1945.
The 15th & last was also the last mission for 463 Sqdn, Tonsburg on 25/26-April-1945.
The crew list according to the ORBS were Pilot F/O A Pickworth RAAF, F/Engineer Sgt W A Green RAF, Nav F/S M Frost RAAF, B/Aimer F/S R Long RAF, Wireless Op W/O G McGowan RAAF, MU Gunner Sgt C Edwards RAF, Rear Gunner Sgt G Hammond RAF.
SOC 13/8/46.
RF180 Mk. I 50 Sqn,
467 Sqn,
635 Sn<
227 Sqn,
35 Sqn,
207 Sqn,
Sold for scrap 29/8/47.
RF191 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 15/03/45 to 25/04/45, AR-J.
14 Missions.
Struck off 2/06/47.
RF196 Mk. I 460 Sqn. 19/03/45 to 04/04/45, AR-E.
7 Missions.
Total Missions 7.
Crashed at Rothwall, Lincs at 0511 4-5/04/45 on a training flight, hours all safe but w/op in hospital broken nose.
RF212 Mk.III 460 Sqn. 25/03/45 to 22/04/45.
8 Missions.
Struck off 22/10/47.
RF232 Mk.III 460 Sqn. 04/04/45 to 25/04/45.
6 Missions.
Struck off 29/04/947.
RF233 Mk.III 460 Sqn. 18/04/45 to 22/04/45.
2 Missions.
Struck off 25/03/46.
RF246 Mk.III 460 Sqn. 25/04/45 to 25/04/45.
1 Mission.
Struck off 8/08/48.
RF247 Mk.III 460 Sqn. 14/04/45 to 18/04/45.
2 Missions.
Struck off 3/07/46.
RF248 Mk.III 460 Sqn. 18/04/45 to 25/04/45.
3 Missions.
Struck off 31/10/46.
RF250 Mk.III 460 Sqn. 18/04/45 to 25/04/45.
3 Missions.
Struck off 8/08/48.
RF251 Mk.III 460 Sqn,
SOC 25/3/48.
RF254 Mk.III 460 Sqn. 22/04/45 to 25/04/45.
2 Missions.
Scrapped 03/48.
RF270 Mk.III 463 Sqn. JO-V

Lancaster RF270
JO-V
POW Airlift
Juvincourt
6th May 1945
SW255 Mk. I 35 Sqn,
405 Sqn,
467 Sqn,
617 Sqn,,
106 Sqn,
SOC 28/6/46.
SW259 Mk. I 156 Sqn,
467 Sqn,
97 SQN,
SOC 16/10/46.
SW263 Mk. I 467 Sqn,
35 Sqn,
207 Sqn,
Sold for scrap 29/8/47.
SW268 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 1/02/45 to 9/04/45 JO-R.
23 Missions. Survived.
23 missions recorded in the ORBS with the first to Siegen on the 1/2–Feb-1945 and the last mission to Hamburg on the 9th of April 1945.
During the last mission SW268 was attacked by an ME 262 jet fighter.
SW268 received damage to the starboard wing & fuselage & to the Mid Upper Turret.
The rear gunner returned fire and struck the ME262 in starboard wing root.
The ME262 was observed to dive away & wasn’t seen again.
SW268 returned to and landed with only 2 engines at Woodbridge.
On this same mission other fighter aircraft were observed by the crew of SW268 attacking other Lancaster’s in main formation, and 2 other Lancaster’s were seen going down with no parachutes observed.
The crew which flew SW268’S last mission according to the ORBS were Pilot F/L G O McGregor RAF, F/Engineer P/O N G Allen RAF, Nav F/L D J Stevens RAF, B/Aimer W/O R Jones RAF, Wireless Op F/O A J Williams RAAF, MU Gunner F/S T Fleetwood RAF, Rear Gunner F/S A R Felstead RAF
SOC 2/6/47.
 
     
 

Other notable Avro Lancasters with Australian connections

 
 
Aircraft Serial Model Aircraft History
EE202 Mk.III This was a 12 Sqn, RAF aircraft (PH-K) being flown by the CO 460 Sqn Wing Commander R.A. Norman DSO, DFC, who was shot down by a night fighter on the first operation of his second tour on 8 October in an attack on Hanover.
Wing Commander Norman became POW and command of 460 Sqn passed to Wing Commander F.A. Arthur DFC, who had also completed his first tour. Arthur had the distinction of being the first Australian and only the second navigator in Bomber Command to lead a squadron.
We suspect that EE202 was on an informal loan from 12 Sqn, RAF to 460 Sqn for Wing Commander Norman's mission.
NX611 MK.VII Built by Austin Motors at Longbridge near Birmingham, in April 1945.
One of the first 150 B Mk VII Avro Lancasters destined as part of the RAF's Tiger Force in the Far East,
Stored at Llandow to 1952,
To French Aeronavale 4/6/52 1952 as WU-15,
Overhauled by UAT at Le Bourget,
Served with 10F, 24F, 25F, 55F, 52F & 9S,
Presented by the French Government in 1964 to the Historical Aircraft Preservation Society,
Delivered to Sydney where she was overhauled and named "Spirit of Surfers Paradise",
As G-ASXX "Spirit of Surfers Paradise", ferried from Australia to the UK. in 9 days and 75 flying hours- landing at Biggin Hill on 13 May, 1965, (she recieved
RAAF Sabre and Canberra escorts while tranistting through RAAF Butterworth, Malaysia),
Temporarily grounded, due to expiry of permitted flying hours,
Flown again in 1967 but public appearances were brief because of prohibitive costs.
Flown to Lavenham in Suffolk and, a few years later, in 1972, was put up for auction at 'Squires Gate', Blackpool.
Auctioned ue to the reserve not being reached, she was withdrawn from the auction and later privately sold to the Rt Hon Lord Lilford.and loaned as a Gate Guardian at RAF Scampton, near Lincoln,
Bought at Auction by Fred and Harold Panton September 1983,
Relocated in 1987 to East Kirkby with the assistance of the RAF,
Restored to taxiable standard as 'Just Jane" with long terms plans to make airworthy.
NX622 MK.VII Built by Austin Motors of Longbridge, Birmingham, England,
Delivered 38 MU RAF, Llandow, Wales for storage,
Returned Austin for Modifications,
Returned to 38 MU for further storage, (& hours total RAF Flying time),
June 1951, to Avro for conversion to MR.7 (one of 54 Lancasters to be sold to the French Aeronautique Navale),
Delivered to Aeronavale, overhauled by UAT at Le Bourget,and ferried to Lan Bihouee, 18 June 1952.
Allocated Flotille 24F for Atlantic Service,
February 1954 transferred to Cuers naval air station for radar installeation,
Allocated to Flotille 25F April 1954 to January 1957 Bihouee In April,
January 1957, major overhaul by UTA, Le Bourget Airport, Paris, (1,300 Airframe hours),
May 1957 flown from Brittany to New Caledonia allocated to 9S at Tontouta,
July 1959 it made Its first visit to Australia, when It was flown to Bankstown, New South Wales, for a 600 hour airframe and 200 hour engine overhaul by the Fairey Aviation Company,
After test flying off the east coast of Australia. It returned to its base at Tontouta, Noumea four months later,
Late 1961, 100 hour overhaul at Tontouta (All 4 original Rolls Royce Merlin engines replaced after ten years' service),
Aircraft earmarked for presentation to the RAAF Association,
1 December 1962, Delivery flight to Perth ( Just over 2,600 hours flying in 17 years),
Currently on display at the RAAF Association Museum in Perth, Western Australia representing JO-D of 463 Sqn RAAF

 
     

The Author of this page is Dave Best (updated by Brendan Cowan and with further information from "Phantom").

Sources: Logbook of D I Macdonald, Service History of J.W.Wood, Alan Chamber's Bomber Command Project, 460, 463 & 467 Sqn Operational Record Books, Air Britain: The Lancaster File J.J.Halley, British Military Aircraft Serials 1911-1979, Bruce Robertson, National Archives of Australia, Claims to fame Lancaster - Norman Franks, G-George - Michael Nelmes, Lancaster 1/2/3 Garbett & Goulding, Lancaster - Harry Holmes, Lancaster story - Peter Jacobs, Strike and Return, Peter Firkins, A Unique Flight, Michael Nelmes, Australian War Memorial.

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