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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“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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“The Avro Manchester was a heavy-bomber that first flew on 25 July 1939. To all intents and purposes the aircraft was regarded as a failure. The Manchester’s two engines were woefully underpowered and regularly broke down, limiting the aircraft’s operational capability. Despite the notorious engine problems Avro persisted with the design and the Manchester went into production in 1940, entering service with Bomber Command’s 207 Squadron in November of that year.”
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