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Ventura Mark II, AE939 ‘SB-C’, of No. 464 Squadron RAAF, on the ground at Feltwell, Norfolk

     
 

See also A59 Lockheed Ventura

 
     
 

A59 Lockheed Ventura Image Gallery  459 Sqn Ventura Image Gallery  464 Sqn Ventura Image Gallery

 
     

464 Sqn, & 469 Sqn RAAF Venturas

 
RAF
Serial
USN/USAAF
Serial
C/N Aircraft history
AE679 ? 137-? 10 MU, RAF,
18/02/1943 To
464 S
qn, RAAF,
23/02/1943 To 1482(B) G Flight, RAF.
AE684 ? 137-? 22 MU,
18/02/1943 To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-R,
06/12/1942 Cat A damage sustained in battle,
23/2/43 To 1482(B) G Flt
To 487 Sqn, RNZAF
03/05/1943 Shot down by fighters on Amsterdam raid with 487 Sqn (EG-B)
.

Lockheed Ventura "R" of 464 Sqn, RAAF and crew
Possibly AE684 SB-R 
AWM UK0315

AE685 ? 137-? C.Owen Co.,
09/09/1942 To
464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-A,
14/10/1942 To C.Owen Co.,
To 21 Sqn, RAF.
AE688 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-Q,
AE695 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-B,
AE702 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-Q,
06/12/1942 Crashed Eindhovan,
Flt H.G.Moore & Crew killed.
AE731 ? 137-? C.Owen Co.,
03/10/1942 To
464 Sqn, RAAF,
19/04/1943 To 487 Sqn, RNZAF, Coded EG-O,
03/05/1943 Shot down by fighters on Amsterdam raid.
AE732 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF,
AE737 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF .
1st Loss (non-operational) 04/11/1942 over RAF Lakenheath.
Formation flyby, then it came across field and pulled up and stalled and nosed in.

All killed.
Crew: FLt M.I.Dore Pilot Flt Sgt T.H.Martin Nav Flt Sgt J.F.Palmer WAG Sgt H.P.Painting AG Sgt C.S.Thompson AG
Airframe dredged out of Dyke at Stallode Fen.
AE751 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-M,

Lockheed Ventura "M"of 464 Sqn, RAAF & crew
Possibly AE751 SB-M 
AWM UK0314

AE753 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF,

Lockheed Ventura "V" of 464 Sqn, RAAF and ground crew
Possibly AE753 SB-V
AWM UK0319

AE781 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF,
Failed to return from ops 02/02/1943.
AE785 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF, .
Transferred to 487 Sqn and shot down 03/05/1943.
AE792 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF,
AE798 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF,
AE719 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF Coded SB-M,
AE742 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF,
AE847 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-N,
Crash Landed and written off 26/02/1943.

Lockheed Ventura "N" of 464 Sqn, RAAF and crew
Possibly AE847 SB-N 
AWM UK0317

AE853 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-O,

Lockheed Ventura "O" of 464 Sqn, RAAF with crew.
Possibly AE853 SB-O 
AWM UK0312

AE854 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-J,
AE855 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF,
AE876 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF Coded SB-N,
AE880 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-C,
Total of 19 Sorties flown with 464 Sqn.

Lockheed Ventura "C" of 464 Sqn, RAAF with crew.
Possibly AE880 SB-C 
AWM UK0274

AE884 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF,
AE899 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF,
AE908 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF,

Lockheed Ventura "S" of 464 Sqn, RAAF with crew.
Possibly AE908 SB-S 
AWM UK0313

AE920 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF,
AE937 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-E then SB-T,
Failed to return from ops 13/06/1943, St Brieuc France.
AE938 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF,
AE937 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-E then SB-T,
Failed to return from ops 13/06/1943, St Brieuc France.
AE939 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-C,
Damaged on landing 11/03/1943,
19 Missions with 464 Sqn.

Ventura Mark II, AE939 ‘SB-C’, of No. 464 Squadron RAAF, on the ground at Feltwell, Norfolk  Ventura Mark II, AE939 ‘SB-C’, of No. 464 Squadron RAAF, on the ground at Feltwell, Norfolk.  IWM (ATP 12110C)  Ventura Mark II, AE939 ‘SB-C’, of No. 464 Squadron RAAF based at Feltwell, Norfolk, in flight.  Ventura Mark II, AE939 ‘SB-C’, of No. 464 Squadron RAAF based at Feltwell, Norfolk, in flight.  IWM (CH 8259)  Ventura Mark II, AE939 ‘SB-C’, of No. 464 Squadron RAAF based at Feltwell, Norfolk, in flight.

AE945 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-E,
Crashed Eindhovan 06/12/1942.
Sgt R.M. Harry RCAF & crew killed.
AE947 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF,
AJ167 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF Coded SB-K,
Total of 19 Sorties flown with 464 Sqn.
AJ169 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF,
AJ174 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF Coded SB-F,

Lockheed Ventura "F" of 464 Sqn, RAAF
 Possibly AJ174 SB-F 
AWM UK0266  Lockheed Ventura "F" of 464 Sqn, RAAF and crew
Possibly AJ174 SB-F 
AWM UK0310  Lockheed Ventura "F" of 464 Sqn, RAAF
Possibly AJ175 SB-F 
AWM UK0448

AJ182 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF,
AJ188 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF,
Missing 22/01/1943.
AJ212 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-N,
Crashed Vouwenpolder,
Sgt S.C. Moss & crew killed.
AJ213 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-N, .
Shot down over Walcheren 06/12/1942.
AJ223 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-M,
AJ224 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-C,
AJ231 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-D,
AJ232 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF,
AJ453 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF,
AJ456 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF,
AJ466 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-H, .

Ventura Mark II
AJ466 SB-H
464 Squadron
 IWM (HU 93011)  Still from film shot by the RAF Film Production Unit, showing Lockheed Ventura Mark II, AJ466 'SB-H', of No. 464 Squadron RAAF based at Methwold, Norfolk, approaching the French coast while en route to attack the airfield at Morlaix with eleven other aircraft of the Squadron.  IWM (HU 93011)

AJ491 ? 137-? To 464 Sqn, RAAF coded SB-P, .
FN957 ? 137-33081 Served with 459 Sqn, .
Struck-off charge RAF 14/3/1946
FN993 ? 137-33397 459 Sqn.
From 17 Sqn SAAF.
To 75 OTU.
Struck off charge. 14/03/1946.
FN997 ? 137-33407 459 Sqn (S),
From 17 Sqn SAAF.
Struck off charge. 14/03/1946
FP537 ? 137-33454 459 Sqn (E).
Ditched off Cyprus after engine failure 03/03/1944
FlgOff RE Lomax 133782 RAF KIA
FlgOff FV McGee 161627 RAF KIA
FlgOff AH Ringland 412033 KIA
FSgt G Dixon 1074861 RAF KIA
FSgt RW Tudor 1372321 RAF KIA

Ventura GR.V FP537/E
459 Squadron
Gambut
March 1944
via Mike Mirkovic.

FP541 ? 137-33460 459 Sqn (C), Oct43-Jul44.
To 75 OTU.
Struck off charge. 29Mar4
FP542 ? 137-33461 459 Sqn (R). Oct43-Aug44.
Struck off charge. 4/05/1944
FP543 ? 137-33463 459 Sqn (S).
Lost on patrol 3/02/1944
PltOff WG Lupton 409159 (P) KIA
PltOff PG Lee RAF (N) KIA
FSgt JD Jones RAF (W/Ag) KIA
FSgt GW Fretwell RAF (W/Ag) KIA
Lac G Campbell RAF (RadMech) KIA
FP544 ? 137-33462 459 Sqn (B).
From 17 Sqn SAAF.
Lost on patrol 28/01/1944.
459 Sqn ORB in NAA does not say who the crew was,
No 459 Sqn personnel listed as causalities in AWM ROH or with CWGC.

Ventura GR.V FP544/B
459 Squadron, 
El Adem, Libya
24th January 1944
via Mike Mirkovic.

FP545 ? 137-33464 459 Sqn.
Lost on convoy escort flight 16/02/1944
FlgOff LA Caldow 409078 KIA
FSgt EMS Norris 408265 KIA
Woff JNL Roy R108470 RCAF KIA
Woff DV Walker R104210 RCAF KIA
FP547 ? 137-33466 459 Sqn (N), Oct43-Jul44.
To 75 OTU.
Struck off charge. 14/03/1946

Ventura GR.V FP547/N
459 Squadron
bogged at Gambut
February 1944
via Mike Mirkovic.

FP556 ? 137-34614 459 Sqn (O), Oct43-Jul44.
Struck off charge. 14/03/1946

Ventura GR.V FP556/O
459 Squadron
March 1944 
Sdr.Ldr J. McHale flying on patrol 
via Mike Mirkovic.

FP562 ? 137-34620 459 Sqn (A), Oct43-Jul44.
To CF Iraq.
Struck off charge. 29/07/1948
FP564 ? 137-34655 459 Sqn, Oct43-Jul44
FP569 ? 137-34660 459 Sqn (Q), Oct43-Aug44.
From 17 Sqn SAAF.
Struck off charge. 29/03/1945
FP592 ? 137-34711 459Sqn (A), Oct43-Jul44.
To CF Iraq.
Struck off charge. 29/07/1948
FP597 ? 137-34717 459 Sqn.
Lost 10/03/1944.
459 Sqn ORB in NAA does not say who the crew was,
No 459 Sqn personnel listed as causalities in AWM ROH or with CWGC.
FP599 ? 137-34719 459 Sqn (I), Oct43-Jul44.
Flew 459 Sqn’s first Ventura Op, 14/01/1944.
Struck off charge. 29/01/1948.
FP604 ? 137-34724 459 Sqn (H), Oct43-Jul44.
Struck off charge. 27/04/1944
FP609 ? 137-34761 459 Sqn (G), Oct43-Jul44.
Struck off charge. 14/03/1946

Ventura GR.V FP609/G.
459 Squadron
El Adem
c.1944
via Mike Mirkovic.

FP612 ? 137-34764 459 Sqn (F).
To CF Iraq.
Wrecked when flew into ground in Iraq 25Apr46.

Ventura GR.V FP612/F
459 Squadron
Gambut
February 1944
via Mike Mirkovic.

FP631 ? 137-34865 459 Sqn (Z), Oct43-Jul44.
Struck off charge. 29Mar45
FP653 ? 137-34907 459 Sqn (D), Oct43-Jul44.
Named "You Beaut",
Struck off charge. 27/06/1946

Gambut, Libya. October 1943. Group Captain J. E. Graham, RAAF Liaison Officer, watches the fitters of of No. 459 Squadron RAAF, working on a Ventura aircraft.  Ventura GR.V 'You Beaut', probably FP653/D. 
459 Squadron 
Gambut 
March 1944 
via Mike Mirkovic.  Ventura GR.V FP653/D 'You Beaut'
459 Squadron
Gambut
March 1944 
Sdr.Ldr. Jim McHale admiring the the nose art
via Mike Mirkovic.

FP670 ? 137-34953 459 Sqn (J), Oct43-Jul44.
To 75 OTU.
Struck off charge. 14/03/1946
JS892 ? 137-34971 459 Sqn.
To 75
OTU.
Struck off charge. 14
/03/1946.
JS899 ? 137-48669

459 Sqn (P). Missing from night navex 06/10/1944
FSgt JH Gillispie
424900.
459 Sqn ORB in NAA does not say who the crew was,
No other 459 Sqn personnel listed as causalities in AWM ROH or with CWGC.

JS908 ? 137-48678 459 Sqn (L), Oct43-Jul44.
Struck off charge. 29
/03/1945
JS916 ? 137-48686 459 Sqn (G), Oct43-Jul44.
Struck off charge. 26
/09/1946
JS926 ? 137-48706 459 Sqn (T), Oct43-Jul44.
Struck off charge. 14
/03/1946
JS936 ? 137-48716 459 Sqn, Oct43-Jul44.
Struck off charge. 14Mar46
JS937 ? 137-48717 459 Sqn (B), Oct43-Jul44.
Struck off charge. 26
/09/1946

Ventura GR.V JS937/B
459 Squadron
on it's way for a raid on Rhodes.
16th June 1944,  
via Mike Mirkovic.

JS960 ? 137-48779 459 Sqn (R), Oct43-Jul44.
Struck off charge. 26
/09/1946
JS961 ? 137-48780 459 Sqn (F), Oct43-Jul44.
Struck off charge. 14
/03/1946
JS980 ? 137-48802

459 Sqn (U).
To 75
OTU.
Overturned in forced landing at Sorati Landing Ground 25
/08/1944 after engine failed.

JS982 ? 137-48804 459Sqn (H). Oct43-Jul44.
Struck off charge. 26
/09/1946
JT809 ? 137-48824 459 Sqn (D). To 75 OTU.
Struck off charge. 14
/03/1945
JT817 ? 137-48832 459 Sqn.
To MedMeCS.
Struck off charge. 21Aug44.
JT824 ? 137-48839 459 Sqn (E), Oct43-Jul44.
Struck off charge. 27/06/1946
JT830 ? 137-48845 459 Sqn, Oct43-Jul44.
To CF Aden.
Struck off charge. 27
/03/1947
JT831 ? 137-48846 459 Sqn. To CF Iraq.
Struck off charge. 26
/09/1946.
JT834 ? 137-48849 459 Sqn (V), Oct43-Jul44.
To CF Aden.
Struck off charge. 26
/09/1946
JT835 ? 137-48850 459 Sqn (C), Oct43-Jul44.
To 75 OTU.
Struck off charge. 14
/03/1946
JT836 ? 137-48851

459 Sqn.
Lost 14Jul44
FlgOff  IM Yeates 9301 (P) KIA
PltOff LR Abrahams 413503 KIA
WOff FR Love 413623 KIA
WOff JE Snaddon 409361 KIA.

JT837 ? 137-48852 459 Sqn, Oct43-Jul44.
Struck off charge. 11
/04/1946
JT838 ? 137-48853

459 Sqn (A).
Lost on mission to Rhodes 30/06/1944
FlgOff DE Higgs
410549 KIA
FlgOff K Pond 423885 KIA
WOff LA Smith 421486 KIA
WOff WD Webster 412866.KIA

JT854 ? 137-49376 459 Sqn. Oct43-Jul44.
Sold for scrap
03/09/1947
JT892 ? 137-49607 459 Sqn. (H).
To 17
Sqn SAAF.
Caught fire in the air 16
/09/1944.
Damaged beyond repair.
 

Lockheed Venturas and aircrew of No 464 Squadron, RAAF, at Feltwell, December 1942.  Armourers load 250-lb GP bombs into a Lockheed Ventura Mark II of No. 464 Squadron RAAF at Methwold, Norfolk, using a bomb-trolley borrowed from No. 487 Squadron RNZAF.  Lockheed Ventura 
464 Squadron 
Flushing, Holland,  Wing Commander R H Young, the Commanding Officer of No. 464 Squadron RAAF, standing by his Lockheed Ventura Mark II at Feltwell, Norfolk, shortly after leading the No. 2 Group Venturas on the successful daylight raid on the Philips radio and valve works at Eindhoven, Holland, (Operation OYSTER), on 6 December 1942.

The Authors of this page are Darren Crick, Brendan Cowan, Mark Lax and The Phantom.

Source: National Archives, RAAF Status Card, RAAF Museum Website, The Lockheed Files by Ron Cuskelly , www.joebaugher.com , www.qam.com.au , Gestapo hunters : 464 Squadron RAAF, 1942-1945 / by Mark Lax and Leon Kane-Maguire

Emails: Anthony Jarvis, Dean Norman, Gordon Birkett, Byron Deveson, Robert Boyd, Mark Clayton, The Phantom, Mark Lax.

Updated 08 September 2014

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