AIRCRAFT PROFILE

Aircraft:

JA868

Type:

Lancaster Mk. I

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AIRCRAFT HISTORY

Date

Event

Sqn Code

25 Nov 1943

Initial record to be updated when first event found

UL-V2

02 Dec 1943

UL-Y2

24 Apr 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-J2

24 May 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-J2

12 Jun 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-J2

14 Jun 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-J2

16 Jun 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-J2

16 Jun 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-J2

18 Jun 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

29 Jun 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-V2

30 Jun 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-V2

05 Jul 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-J2

06 Jul 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-V2

10 Aug 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-T2

08 Dec 1998

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-J2

576 Squadron OPERATIONS

Code

Date

Operation

Captain

Events

UL-Y2

02 Dec 1943

BERLIN

WO M.J. Graham

Target: Built-up Area. Hit by flak

UL-Y2

23 Dec 1943

BERLIN

WO C.C. Rollins

Target: Built-up Area

UL-Y2

24 Dec 1943

AIR TEST

Plt Off R.J. Edie

UL-Y2

29 Dec 1943

BERLIN

WO C.C. Rollins

Target: Built-up Area

UL-Y2

01 Jan 1944

BERLIN

Flt Sgt H.R. Marsden

Target: Built-up Area

UL-Y2

02 Jan 1944

BERLIN

Flt Sgt H.R. Marsden

Target: Built-up Area. Returned early - engine trouble. Landed Stradishall

UL-Y2

04 Jan 1944

STRADISHALL TO ELSHAM WOLDS

Flt Sgt H.R. Marsden

Returned from diversion

UL-Y2

05 Jan 1944

STETTIN

Sqn Ldr M.R. Attwater

Target: Built-up area. COMBAT - Attacked by Me210

UL-Y2

14 Jan 1944

BRUNSWICK

Sqn Ldr M.R. Attwater

Target: Built-up area. COMBAT - attacked by three E/A

UL-Y2

20 Jan 1944

BERLIN

Sgt F.B. Gipson

Target: Built-up area. Heavy flak over Kiel Canal - no damage. Coned over Wilhelmshaven on way out. Heavy flak but no damage

UL-Y2

21 Jan 1944

MAGDEBURG

Sgt F.B. Gipson

Target: Built-up area

UL-Y2

27 Jan 1944

BERLIN

Sqn Ldr M.R. Attwater

Target: Built-up area

UL-Y2

28 Jan 1944

BERLIN

Sqn Ldr M.R. Attwater

Target: Built-up area

UL-Y2

15 Feb 1944

BERLIN

Sqn Ldr M.R. Attwater

Target: Built-up Area

UL-Y2

19 Feb 1944

LEIPZIG

Sqn Ldr M.R. Attwater

Target: Built-up Area

UL-Y2

24 Feb 1944

SCHWEINFURT

Plt Off C.C. Rollins

Target: Built-up Area

UL-J2

24 Apr 1944

KARLSRUHE

WO A.L. Puttock

Target: Built-up area. Load: 1st wave: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 96x 30lb incendiaries, 1170 x 4lb incendiaries 2nd wave: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 84x 30lb incendiaries, 1170x 4lb incendiaries 3rd wave: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 96x 30lb incendiaries, 1050x 4lb incendiaries Supporters: 6x 2000lb bombs.

UL-J2

26 Apr 1944

ESSEN

C. Philp

Target: Built-up area. Load: 1st Wave: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 108x 30lb, 1170x 4lb incendiaries 2nd Wave: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 60x 30lb, 660x 4lb incendiaries 3rd Wave: 1x 1000lb, 1x 500lb bombs, 84x 30lb, 1050x 4lb incendiaries 4th Wave: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 60x 30lb, 600x 4lb incendiaries 5th Wave: 1x 1000lb, 1x 500lb bombs, 84x 30lb, 960x 4lb incendiaries.

UL-J2

24 May 1944

ACHEN

D. Berrie

Aachen West & Rothe-Erde Marshalling Yards

UL-J2

27 May 1944

AACHEN

Plt Off D.R. Harkin

Aachen East & Rothe-Erde Railway Yards

UL-J2

12 Jun 1944

GELSENKIRCHEN

Plt Off A.J. Aldridge

Target: Gelsenberg AG synthetic oil plant in Nordstern. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 16x 500lb bombs.

UL-J2

14 Jun 1944

LE HAVRE

Plt Off A.J. Aldridge

Target: Docks, E-boat pens and light naval forces which were harassing the Normandy beachheads. Load: 11x 1000lb, 4x 500lb bombs. Returned early due to an engine failure, possibly jettisoning their load at sea.

UL-J2

16 Jun 1944

STERKRADE

Plt Off A.J. Aldridge

Target: Rhur-Chemie AG synthetic oil plant at Holten. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 16x 500lb bombs.

UL-V2

29 Jun 1944

DOMLEGER

Flt Off R.J. Sarvis

Target: V1 flying bomb storage and supply depot.

UL-V2

30 Jun 1944

OISEMONT / NEUVILLE AU BOIS

Plt Off W.R. Ireland

Target: V1 ‘flying bomb’ launch site. 11x 1000lb & 4x 500lb bombs.

UL-J2

05 Jul 1944

DIJON

Fg Off R.E. Linklater

Target: Marshalling yards. Load: H2S aircraft: 8x 1000lb, 3x 500lb bombs; all other aircraft 8x 1000lb, 4x 500lb bombs (it is not known if JA868 was fitted with H2S). On return, all Squadron aircraft were diverted to Coningsby due to low cloud at base. Beattie's logbook records take-off as 1950.

UL-T2

10 Aug 1944

PARIS (DUGNY)

Fg Off A.J.L. Ridge

Target: Aviation fuel storage depot. Load: 3x 1000lb, 4x500lb bombs. The bomber force was allocated a Spitfire escort for this operation. Forced to land at an as yet unidentified aerodrome due to shortage of fuel.

UL-T2

11 Aug 1944

DOUAI

Fg Off A.J.L. Ridge

Target: Marshalling yards. Load: 13x 1000lb, 4x 500lb bombs

UL-T2

14 Aug 1944

FONTAINE LE PIN

Fg Off A.J.L. Ridge

Target: Enemy positions in Normandy battle area. Flown in support of the 3rd Canadian Division which was advancing on Falaise. Load: 20x 500lb bombs.

UL-T2

15 Aug 1944

LE CULOT (BEAUVECHAIN)

Fg Off A.J.L. Ridge

Target: Luftwaffe night fighter base. Load: 13x 1000lb, 4x 500lb bombs.

UL-T2

25 Aug 1944

RUSSELSHEIM

Fg Off A.J.L. Ridge

Target: Opel factory for aircraft wings and fuselages, and built-up area. Load: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 12x500 4lb incendiary clusters.

UL-T2

26 Aug 1944

KIEL

Fg Off A.J.L. Ridge

Target: Naval Installations. Load: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 108x 30lb and 1170x 4lb incendiaries.

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