By Gordon Thorburn
Only one of many seventy completed a century of ops or something love it: W4964 WS-J.
Across all squadrons and all of the battle, the typical lifetime of a Lancaster was once 22.75 sorties, yet a little less for the front-line squadrons going to Germany 3 and 4 instances per week in 1943 and '44, which was once while W4964 was once flying her 107 sorties, all without nine Squadron and all from RAF Bardney. the 1st was once Stettin (Szczecin in smooth Poland), and thereafter she went anywhere nine Squadron went, to Berlin, the Ruhr, and many of the gigantic ops of the time resembling Peenemünde and Hamburg. She used to be given a distinct personality as J-Johnny Walker, ‘still going robust’ and on September 15 1944, skippered through Flight Lieutenant James Douglas Melrose, her Tallboy certain bomb was once the one one to hit the battleship Tirpitz.
During her occupation, good over 200 airmen flew in J. None have been killed whereas doing so, yet ninety-six of them died in different airplane. this can be their tale, and the tale of 1 fortunate Lancaster.
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