Australia’s Most Highly Decorated Airman of WWII – Dambuster Flt Lt Dave Shannon

Flight Lieutenant Dave Shannon, Flight Lieutenant RD Trevor-Roper, Squadron Leader GW Holden - 617 Squadron 22 July 1943

Australian Flight Lieutenant Dave Shannon with Gibson’s rear-gunner, Flight Lieutenant RD Trevor-Roper and Squadron Leader GW Holden, all of the RAF’s Dambuster 617 Squadron on 22 July 1943.

Shannon was the most highly decorated Australian airman who served during the Second World War.

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Guy Gibson and members of his Dambuster crew in July 1943

Guy Gibson and Dambuster Crew Members 22 July 1943

Wing Commander Guy Gibson, commander of 617 Squadron and the Dambuster raid with members of his crew at RAF Scampton on 22 July 1943.

Those in the photograph are, from left to right,  Wing Commander Guy Gibson, Pilot Officer P M Spafford, bomb-aimer; Flight Lieutenant R E G Hutchinson, wireless operator; Pilot Officer G A Deering and Flying Officer H T Taerum, gunners.

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Avro Lancasters Being Built at AV Roe & Co’s Cheshire Factory 1943

Avro Lancasters Being Manufactured at AV Roe & Co Ltd Factory 1943

“The Lancaster Mk III had a crew of seven, which was made up of the pilot, flight engineer, navigator, bomb aimer, wireless operator, mid-upper gunner and rear gunner. During the Second World War Lancaster bombers took part in 156,192 missions and dropped a total of 608,612 tons of bombs. Of the 7,374 manufactured 3,431 were lost in action and 246 were destroyed due to operational accidents. Only 35 Lancaster aircraft managed to complete one-hundred operations, with the most successful completing one-hundred and thirty nine.”

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