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Lancaster JB607

Aircraft Model:Avro Lancaster Mk. III
Manufacturer:A.V. Roe (Manchester)
Identities:JB607
Units:No. 460 Squadron, RAAF

Timeline

29 December 1943Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed 22:30 hours at Kerkrade (Limburg), on the Dutch-German border.
Pilot: P/O STANLEY JAMES IRELAND, RAAF 412010 (Killed)
Crew: Sgt WILLIAM ALBERT HENRY SQUIRE, RAF 1803573 (Killed)
Crew: W/O AMBROSE EDWARD BLIGHT, RAAF 416114 (Killed)
Crew: F/Sgt FRANCIS JOHN SEERY, RAAF 413435 (Prisoner of War)
Crew: Sgt CYRIL SEDDON, RAF 1534670 (Killed)
Crew: Sgt REGINALD JAMES POULTER, RAF 1424279 (Killed)
Crew: F/Sgt MAXWELL HOPE SQUIRES, RAAF 421518 (Killed)

Photos

Lancaster JB607 'Leader' of No. 460 Squadron, RAAF, at RAF Station Binbrook

Sorties

No. 460 Squadron, RAAF:
22 November 1943Operations BERLIN16:4218:35F/Sgt R.N. Allan, RAAF
Sgt W.A. McCauley, RAF
F/Sgt M.R. Trout, RAAF
F/Sgt E.G. Thomas, RAAF
F/Sgt W.R. Chadwick, RAAF
Sgt C.W. Reed, RAAF
F/Sgt C.C. Liersch, RAAF
Bomb load 1 x 4000 lbs HC 56 x 30 lbs INC 1110 x 4 lbs INC 120 x 4 lbs INC "X" FILLED.
This sortie was abortive owing to air compressor failing to build up. Could not change into "S" gear - also port generator not charging.
23 November 1943Operations BERLIN17:3323:59F/Sgt R.N. Allan, RAAF
Sgt. W.A. McCauley, RAF
F/Sgt M.R. Trout, RAAF
F/Sgt E.G. Thomas, RAAF
F/Sgt W.R. Chadwick, RAAF
Sgt C.W. Reed, RAAF
F/Sgt C.C. Liersch, RAAF
Bomb load 1 x 4000 lbs HC 56 x 30 lbs INC 1110 x 4 lbs INC 120 x 4 lbs INC "X" filled.
BERLIN was attacked at 20:17 hours from 21,000 feet. Target identified by Red/Green Sky markers and Green T.I's. Bombed three Red/Green sky markers. Good P.F.F. marking and concentrated fires going well. On his return the pilot said:- "A very good attack, a very big explosion seen at 20:15 hours".

References

Chorley, W.R. 2007 Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War - Volume 4: 1943. Hinckley: Midland Publishing.

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

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

Record updated on 21 April 2018.


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