New PDF release: Luck of a Lancaster: 107 operations, 244 crew, 103 killed in

By Gordon Thorburn

ISBN-10: 1473834384

ISBN-13: 9781473834385

ISBN-10: 1781590737

ISBN-13: 9781781590737

No nine Squadron of Bomber Command switched over from the Wellington to the Lancaster in August 1942. W4964 was once the 70th Lanc to reach on squadron, in mid April 1943. She flew her first op at the twentieth, wherein time No nine had misplaced 41 in their Lancs to enemy motion and one other 5 were transferred to different squadrons and misplaced by way of them. No nine may quickly lose one other 13 of the seventy. all the final 11 will be broken, repaired, transferred to different squadrons or education devices, and misplaced to enemy motion or crashes aside from 3 which, in a few type of retirement, may final lengthy adequate to be scrapped after the war.

Only one of many seventy completed a century of ops or something love it: W4964 WS-J.

Across all squadrons and the entire warfare, the common lifetime of a Lancaster used to be 22.75 sorties, yet a little less for the front-line squadrons going to Germany 3 and 4 occasions per week in 1943 and '44, which was once while W4964 used to be flying her 107 sorties, all without nine Squadron and all from RAF Bardney. the 1st was once Stettin (Szczecin in glossy Poland), and thereafter she went anywhere nine Squadron went, to Berlin, the Ruhr, and many of the immense ops of the time reminiscent of Peenemünde and Hamburg. She used to be given a unique personality as J-Johnny Walker, ‘still going powerful’ and on September 15 1944, skippered through Flight Lieutenant James Douglas Melrose, her Tallboy specified bomb used to be the one one to hit the battleship Tirpitz.

During her profession, good over 200 airmen flew in J. None have been killed whereas doing so, yet ninety-six of them died in different airplane. this can be their tale, and the tale of 1 fortunate Lancaster.

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