By Gordon Thorburn
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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