AIRCRAFT PROFILE

Aircraft:

JA715

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-D2

22 Mar 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-W2

26 Mar 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

26 Mar 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-W2

26 Mar 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-W2

26 Mar 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-W2

26 Mar 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-W2

26 Mar 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-W2

30 Mar 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-W2

22 May 1944

Change of Sqn Code based on Flight Record created

UL-D2 (listed as UL-T2 in logbook)

576 Squadron OPERATIONS

Code

Date

Operation

Captain

Events

UL-D2

27 Dec 1943

AIR TEST

Sgt A.J. Bodger

UL-D2

29 Dec 1943

BERLIN

Sgt R. Whalley

Target: Built-up Area

UL-D2

02 Jan 1944

BERLIN

Sgt A.C. Blackie

Target: Built-up Area

UL-D2

05 Jan 1944

STETTIN

Sgt R. Whalley

Target: Built-up Area

UL-D2

14 Jan 1944

BRUNSWICK

Sgt A.J. Bodger

Target: Built-up Area

UL-D2

20 Jan 1944

BERLIN

Sgt A.J. Bodger

Target: Built-up Area

UL-D2

21 Jan 1944

MAGDEBURG

Sgt A.J. Bodger

Target: Built-up Area

UL-D2

27 Jan 1944

BERLIN

Sgt A.J. Bodger

Target: Built-up Area

UL-W2

22 Mar 1944

FRANKFURT

Flt Sgt W.A. Scheerboom

Target: Built-up area. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie'; 108x 30lb and 1062x 4lb incendiaries.

UL-W2

24 Mar 1944

BERLIN

Flt Sgt W.A. Scheerboom

Target: Built-up area. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 108x 30lb and 924x 4lb incendiaries. Attacked by a single-engined enemy fighter at approximately 2243 hrs at 22,000 ft, position 5205N 01313E. Sgt Hannah in the mid-upper turret ordered evasive action, and both gunners opened fire, but no hits were observed on the enemy aircraft which broke off the attack without returning fire. The Combat Report can be found on Sgts Hannah and De la Mothe's profiles. On their return to England, the crew were diverted to Enstone due to poor visibility at base.

26 Mar 1944

ESSEN

Flt Sgt W.A. Scheerboom

Target: Built-up area. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 108x 30lb and 1170x 4lb incendiaries.

UL-W2

30 Mar 1944

NUREMBURG

Flt Sgt W.A. Scheerboom

Target: Built-up area. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 108x 30lb and 1020x 4lb incendiaries. Attacked by a Ju-88 at approximately 0029 hrs at 20,000 ft, position 5028N 00813E. Sgt De la Mothe (rear) ordered evasive action and both he and Sgt Hannah (mid-upper) opened fire, claiming hits on the enemy fighter, which broke away after one attack and was not seen again. No hits were sustained by the Lancaster. The Combat Report can be found in Sgts Hannah and De la Mothe's profiles.

UL-W2

11 Apr 1944

AACHEN

Flt Sgt W.A. Scheerboom

Target: Marshalling yards. Load: 12x 1000lb bombs, 300x 4lb incendiaries.

UL-W2

20 Apr 1944

COLOGNE

Flt Sgt W.A. Scheerboom

Target: Built-up areas to the north and west of the city centre. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 108x 30lb and 1170x 4lb incendiaries.

UL-W2

22 Apr 1944

DUSSELDORF

Flt Sgt W.A. Scheerboom

Target: Built-up area to the north of the city centre. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 108x 30lb and 1170x 4lb incendiaries. Mission abandoned as the aircraft was unable to take off due to the runway being obstructed by the ground collision of UL-G2 and UL-Q2. By the time the runway was cleared it was too late to accomplish the mission.

UL-W2

24 Apr 1944

KARLSRUHE

Flt Sgt W.A. Scheerboom

Target: Built-up area. Load: 1st wave: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 96x 30lb and 1170 x 4lb incendiaries. 2nd wave: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 84x 30lb and 1170x 4lb incendiaries. 3rd wave: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 96x 30lb and 1050x 4lb incendiaries. Supporters: 6x 2000lb bombs. It has not been determined in which wave JA715 flew.

UL-W2

26 Apr 1944

ESSEN

Flt Sgt W.A. Scheerboom

Target: Built-up area and Krupps works. Loads: 1st Wave: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 108x 30lb and 1170x 4lb incendiaries. 2nd Wave: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 60x 30lb and 660x 4lb incendiaries. 3rd Wave: 1x 1000lb, 1x 500lb bombs, 84x 30lb and 1050x 4lb incendiaries. 4th Wave: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 60x 30lb and 600x 4lb incendiaries. 5th Wave: 1x 1000lb, 1x 500lb bombs, 84x 30lb and 960x 4lb incendiaries. It has not been determined in which wave JA715 flew.

UL-W2

27 Apr 1944

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN

Flt Sgt W.A. Scheerboom

Target: Marshalling yards. Loads: 1st Wave: 1x 1000lb, 1x 500lb bombs, 84x 30lb and 1050x 4lb incendiaries 2nd Wave: 1x 4000lb ‘cookie’, 30x 30lb and 600x 4lb incendiaries 3rd Wave: 1x 1000lb, 1x500lb bombs, 84x 30lb and 960x 4lb incendiaries. It is not known in which wave JA715 flew.

UL-D2 (listed as UL-T2 in logbook)

22 May 1944

DORTMUND

Sgt D.R. Harkin

Built-Up Area

NOSE ART

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