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The Last Flight of Lancaster DV403

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On 1st November 2016 Professor Trevor Kerry delivered his talk on ‘The Last Flight of Lancaster DV403’.
Lancaster DV403 was one of a group of 16 Lancasters and two Mosquitoes from 617Sqn tasked with attacking the V2 site at Wizernes in daylight with 12,000lb ‘Tallboy’ bombs on 24th June 1944 when she was brought down by anti aircraft fire. The Trevor discussed the lead up to the raid, the raid itself, and more specifically her crew members and what happened to them. All crew members had Lancashire connections, and Trevor had made considerable time and efforts contacting a surviving crew member and the families of those who were killed. Trevor’s wife Carolle read out a very moving letter, written after the war by a Frenchman who as a boy had been first on the scene of the crash and who was able to describe what had happened to the aircraft and each of the crew members on the day and for some time afterwards.

  • 01 November 2016
  • East Midlands Branch

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