|Aircraft Model:||Avro Lancaster Mk. I|
|Units:||No. 460 Squadron, RAAF|
|1940||Ordered as one of a batch of 400 Lancaster bombers from Metropolitan-Vickers Limited.|
|October 1942||Received by No. 460 Squadron, RAAF.|
|11 October 1944||Departed United Kingtom for Australia.|
Pilot: F/Lt E.A. Hudson, DFC & Bar, RAAF
|8 November 1944||Arrived at Brisbane, Queensland.|
|9 November 1944||Delivered to Royal Australian Air Force.|
Received by No. 3 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, ex UK.
|10 November 1944||Issued to Rockhampton, ex No. 3 AD.|
|11 November 1944||Allotted to No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, for preparation of Tour of Capital Cities.|
|2 March 1945||Allocated for 3rd Victory Loan Tour.|
|20 April 1945||Received by No. 6 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, for double engine change.|
|1 May 1945||Received by No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF.|
|4 July 1945||Request that a direction be given as to the disposal of this aircraft. Aircraft has to be parked, impossible to provide longer service.|
|23 August 1945||Allotted 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 1950||Issued to Australian War Memorial (stored at RAAF Canberra).|
|No. 460 Squadron, RAAF:|
|6 December 1943||Operations MANNHEIM||17:23||23:58||F/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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