By Gordon Thorburn
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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