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    Default Lanc. PD348 227 Sqn 8 Feb 1945

    Greetings All,

    I have two questions I would appreciate answers to please.

    1. Could anyone give me the ranks & initials of the following crew members who survived the crash landing of this aircraft?

    Edge Capt.
    Davis W/Op
    Ling F/E
    Read Nav
    Mitchell B/A
    Davey MUG
    Desborough. R/Gunner

    2.For myself this time:- Where eventually after repair was this aircraft sent to in the M.E and where later it was used as maintenance training before being broken up?

    I am interested as I may have seen this aircraft while in the M.E 1946.

    Thanks in anticipation,
    Digger
    Last edited by Arthur Arculus; 16th October 2011 at 02:17. Reason: Crew dispersed in original

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    Hi Digger,
    F/O G EDGE, 179214, RAFVR.
    Sgt A J LING.
    F/Sgt R G REID.
    F/Sgt G E MITCHELL.
    Sgt C S DAVIS.
    Sgt L W D DAVEY.
    Sgt D A DESBOROUGH.
    The service numbers of the last six are not known.

    From A/B Serials, the a/c became 5000M on 31/1/46.
    Regards, Doug.

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    George Mitchell was my CO (Flt Lt) at 298 (Hornsea) Sqn ATC and later CO of Central and East Yorkshire Wing (Wg Cdr), he died about two years ago.

    Malcolm

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    Doug & Malcolm,

    Many thanks indeed for your replies, all very helpful indeed.

    Doug, nice to meet another ATC lad, I was in 1345 (Malden & Coombe) Squadron 1941-1945.
    Cheers,
    Digger.

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    With regard to service numbers for the crew PD 348B. I can answer one of the queries, Sgt Len Davey known as ‘Pop” as he was far the oldest of the seven crew. He joined in 1943 at the age of 36 Years. (B.1907-D.1986) Service No 2218839.

    In the book ‘Lancaster at War” published 1971, there is a photo of the Lancaster PD348 in the field by Pedders Way. At Bircham Newton, Norfolk. All the crew escaped, relatively unharmed and made their way to Heath House Farm. Where the farmer made them welcome with a glass or two of Whisky.

    Len was my Dad

    Regards

    RichardDD

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