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Dams Raid aircraft

This list compiled by Mike Whitaker – many thanks!

The aircraft that returned from the Dams Raid had been extensively altered and had no bomb doors. Some were converted back to approximately normal staus, and used later on in the war to carry the giant 'blockbuster' bombs which were too big for a standard Lancaster bomb bay. Some others were never used operationally again.

AJ-G ED932 Gibson
22/12/43 Wilson, Pas de Calais (aborted raid)
31/12/43 N Ross, Flixecourt
Became YF-C (Scampton Station Flight/No. 1 Group Major Servicing Unit)
Flew on Operation Guzzle (disposal of remaining Upkeeps), sustained Cat AC damage on takeoff 8/11/46
Scrapped 29/7/47 (No 46 Maintenance Unit)

AJ-M ED925 Hopgood
Lost on Chastise

AJ-P ED909 Martin
10/11/43 Bull, training, 'engine caught fire in the air' (the day Cheshire assumed command)
08/06/44 Sanders, Saumar Tunnel
Became YF-B (Scampton Station Flight/No. 1 Group Major Servicing Unit)
Flew on Operation Guzzle
Scrapped: 29/7/47 (No 46 Maintenance Unit)

AJ-A ED887 Young
Lost on Chastise

AJ-J ED906 Maltby
11/11/43 Clayton, Antheor Viaduct
10/12/43 Clayton, special detachment to RAF Tempsford, SOE work.
20/12/43 Clayton, ditto, (aborted)
22/12/43 Clayton, Pas de Calais (aborted raid)
04/01/44 Clayton, Pas de Calais 'ski site'
Became YF-A (Scampton Station Fight/No. 1 Group Major Servicing Unit)
Flew on Operation Guzzle
Scrapped 29/7/47 (No 46 Maintenance Unit)

AJ-L ED929 Shannon
Scrapped 7/10/46 (No 46 Maintenance Unit)

AJ-Z ED937 Maudslay
Lost on Chastise

AJ-B ED864 Astell
Lost on Chastise

AJ-N ED912 Knight
To 54 Base, Coningsby.
Scrapped 26/9/46

AJ-E ED927 Barlow
Lost on Chastise

AJ-W ED921 Munro
To 54 Base, Coningsby
Scrapped 26/9/46

AJ-K ED934 Byers
Lost on Chastise

AJ-H ED936 Rice
To 54 Base, Coningsby
Scrapped 29/7/46

AJ-T ED825 McCarthy
Repaired after Chastise and returned to service as AJ-E
11/11/43 O'Shaughnessy, Antheor Viaduct
10/12/43 Weedon, special detatchment to RAF Tempsford, SOE arms supply drop
Hit by Flak, killed with all crew.
The operational record and various other sources list this as ED923, which was assigned to 97 Sqn on 2/6/43, and is clearly incorrect.

AJ-C ED910 Ottley
Lost on Chastise

AJ-S ED865 Burpee
Lost on Chastise

AJ-F ED918 Brown
20/1/44 O'Shaughnessy, dusk practice bombing over Wash, hit low hill, crashed killing pilot and navigator.
After the war, Brown said that 'the aircraft was not flying true after its return from repairs and that he had advised the squadron the aircraft should not been flown until fixed.'

AJ-O ED886 Townsend
11/11/43 Bull, Antheor Viaduct
10/12/43 Bull, special detachment to RAF Tempsford, SOE arms supply drop
Hit by Flak, killed with all crew.

AJ-Y ED924 Anderson
To 54 Base, Coningsby
Scrapped 23/11/46

Also:

AJ-X ED933
Damaged by spray during Upkeep trials.
Repaired, returned as AJ-N
08/06/44 Watts, Saumar Tunnel
To 54 Base, Coningsby
Scrapped 7/10/46

AJ-Q ED915
McCarthy's original aircraft
To 54 Base, Coningsby
Scrapped 8/10/46

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