AIRCRAFT PROFILE

Aircraft:

JB555

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

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576 Squadron OPERATIONS

Code

Date

Operation

Captain

Events

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29 Jun 1944

DOMLEGER

Flt Lt G.A.J. Wood

Target: V1 flying bomb storage & supply depot. Bombed at 14,000 ft, heading 154°, at 1329 hrs

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04 Jul 1944

ORLEANS

Flt Off R.J. Sarvis

Target: Marshalling yards.

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05 Jul 1944

DIJON

Flt Off R.J. Sarvis

Target: Marshalling yards. Diverted to Coningsby due to low cloud at Elsham Wolds.

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07 Jul 1944

CAEN

Flt Off C. Sawyer

Target: Enemy armour strongpoint on the Northern outskirts of the town. Flown in support of the Anglo-Canadian ground forces attack on the town (Operation Charnwood). Bombed at 2157 from 2,500 ft. Hit by flak. Pickup: 'Intense heavy and light flak. Hit by heavy flak: hydraulics u/s, flaps u/s, R/T u/s. Wizard prang - Jolly good show (glad back)'. The aircraft is listed in Pickup and Bradley's logbook as JA576 but no such Lancaster was built. Although Sgt Martin is listed in the ORB as the FE for this flight; there is evidence to suggest that it was not him and probably was Sgt Butterfield (tbc).

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24 Jul 1944

STUTTGART

Fg Off E.A. Cartwright

Target: Built-up area. Load: 1x 2000lb bomb, 12x cluster bombs each containing 14x 30lb ‘J’-Type incendiaries

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26 Jul 1944

BOIS DES JARDINS

Fg Off E.A. Cartwright

Target: V1 flying bomb launch site. Load: 18x 500lb bombs.

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30 Jul 1944

CAHAGNES

Fg Off E.A. Cartwright

Target: Enemy troop concentrations. Load: 20x 500lb bombs. Fighter escort (Spitfires and possibly Typhoons). Diverted to Methwold due to weather at Elsham Wolds. The Flight Engineer remains a mystery; Cawston is listed in the ORB but the operation is not in his logbook.

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01 Aug 1944

BELLE CROIX LES BRUYERES (BAUDRINGHEM)

Fg Off E.A. Cartwright

Target: V1 flying bomb launch site. Load: 12x 1000lb, 4x 500lb bombs. The Master Bomber cancelled the attack and ordered the aircraft to RTB with their loads due to cloud cover obscuring the target area. The Flight Engineer still remains a mystery; Cawston is again listed in the ORB but the operation is not in his logbook.

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03 Aug 1944

TROSSY ST MAXIMIN

Fg Off E.A. Cartwright

Target: V1 flying bomb supply depot. Load: 11x 1000lb, 4x 500lb bombs.

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04 Aug 1944

PAUILLAC

Fg Off E.A. Cartwright

Target: Oil storage depot. Load: 9x 1000lb, 3x 500lb bombs. Flight Engineer unknown: Cawston is listed in the ORB, but the operation is not in his logbook.

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07 Aug 1944

FONTENAY-LE-MARMION

Fg Off E.A. Cartwright

Target: Concentration of enemy armour in battle area near Caen. Load: 11x 1000lb, 4x 500lb bombs.

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10 Aug 1944

PARIS (DUGNY)

Fg Off E.A. Cartwright

Target: Aviation fuel storage depot. Load: 13x 1000lb, 4x 500lb bombs. Spitfire escort

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11 Aug 1944

DOUAI

Fg Off E.A. Cartwright

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

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14 Aug 1944

FONTAINE LE PIN

Fg Off E.A. Cartwright

Target: Enemy positions in the battle area. Load: 20x 500lb bombs.

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15 Aug 1944

LE CULOT (BEAUVECHAIN)

Flt Lt R. Bibby

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