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Lancaster W4783

Aircraft Model:Avro Lancaster Mk. I
Manufacturer:Metropolitan-Vickers Limited
Identities:W4783; A66-2
Units:No. 460 Squadron, RAAF


1940Ordered as one of a batch of 400 Lancaster bombers from Metropolitan-Vickers Limited.
October 1942Received by No. 460 Squadron, RAAF.
11 October 1944Departed United Kingtom for Australia.
Pilot: F/Lt E.A. Hudson, DFC & Bar, RAAF
8 November 1944Arrived at Brisbane, Queensland.
9 November 1944Delivered to Royal Australian Air Force.
Received by No. 3 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, ex UK.
10 November 1944Issued to Rockhampton, ex No. 3 AD.
11 November 1944Allotted to No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, for preparation of Tour of Capital Cities.
2 March 1945Allocated for 3rd Victory Loan Tour.
20 April 1945Received by No. 6 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, for double engine change.
1 May 1945Received by No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF.
4 July 1945Request that a direction be given as to the disposal of this aircraft. Aircraft has to be parked, impossible to provide longer service.
23 August 1945Allotted to RAAF Station Headquarters Canberra, ex No. 1 AD, for Australian War Memorial.
Aircraft to be stored under cover when accommodation available on move of NEI from Canberra.
8 March 1950Issued to Australian War Memorial (stored at RAAF Canberra).


Lancaster W4783 and crew at RAF BinbrookLancaster W4783 as the centrepiece of the Bomber Command Commemorative EventLancaster W4783 on display at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra


No. 460 Squadron, RAAF:
6 December 1943Operations MANNHEIM17:2323:58F/Sgt J.A. Saint-Smith, RAAF
F/Sgt C.E. Heath, RAAF
Sgt H. [???]
P/O P.W. Ward, RAAF
Sgt J. Austin, RAAF
Sgt E.H. Wilson, RAAF
Sgt R.F. Cooksey, RAAF
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 lb bomb 10 S.B.C x 4 lb. incendiaries
Aircraft bombed believed MANNHEIM at 20:18 hours from 12,000 feet (260°). Weather: 10/10 cloud Tops 5,000 feet visibility good above cloud. Target identified by estimated position of target, no definite pinpoint on route, trier flak and searchlights, on track and correct H.T.A. and MANNHEIM defences of H.T.A. only, flares seen over target. Target was not in sight when bombs were re-leased and no bursts were seen. The pilot states this operation was a very un-satisfactory owing to the cloud. No assistance was given by path finders.


Anon. n.f.d. Avro Lancaster Mk I Bomber 'G for George' : 460 Squadron, RAAF. Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 10 April 2017 from <https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/RELAWM31788/.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1943, Unit history of number 460 Squadron - October 1941 to December 1943, A9186, 146.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1944, Aircraft Status cards - Lancaster A66-1, A66-2, A10297, BLOCK 393.

Robertson, B. 1979 British Military Aircraft Serials, 1911-1979. Cambridge: Patrick Stephens Ltd.

Record updated on 15 April 2018.


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