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By Gordon Thorburn

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

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

Across all squadrons and the entire battle, the typical lifetime of a Lancaster was once 22.75 sorties, yet a little less for the front-line squadrons going to Germany 3 and 4 instances every week in 1943 and '44, which used to be while W4964 was once flying her 107 sorties, all with out nine Squadron and all from RAF Bardney. the 1st was once Stettin (Szczecin in glossy Poland), and thereafter she went at any place nine Squadron went, to Berlin, the Ruhr, and many of the significant ops of the time reminiscent of Peenemünde and Hamburg. She used to be given a distinct personality as J-Johnny Walker, ‘still going powerful’ and on September 15 1944, skippered through Flight Lieutenant James Douglas Melrose, her Tallboy particular bomb used to be the one one to hit the battleship Tirpitz.

During her profession, good over 2 hundred airmen flew in J. None have been killed whereas doing so, yet ninety-six of them died in different plane. this can be their tale, and the tale of 1 fortunate Lancaster.

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