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    Throughout all the books I've read and internet research I've done I can find very little information on 150 Squadron and more particularly the Lancaster Bomber they flew. Yet I can find loads on other Squadrons.

    I've been recommended the website on Fiskerton Airfield which shows a good photo of Lancaster IQ-U which my Grandfather flew on at some time. It also features a flight list but this was before his time at 150.

    All I know from his Flying Logs he was a Navigator on Lancaster with 150 Squadron at RAF Hemswell from Nov 1944 to May 1945. He is on the DVD Nightbombers.

    Were 150 Squadron doing some sort of secret recon work? I know from his Flying Logs where he was bombing. I simply can't find much info or photographs of Lancasters, serial IQ, used by 150 Squadron.

    Can anyone with any knowledge answer why there is so little information please?
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    Hi Sam,

    I have the "Operations Record Book" for 150 Squadron for the time they were at Hemswell, as well as all the record cards for the various Lancasters that served with the squadron. I'd be delighted to help you find out more about your Grandfather and the Lancasters that he flew. If you drop me an email to gregATgreg-harrison.co.uk (replace "AT" with "@") with details of exactly what you're after, I'll see if I can dig out some bits and pieces for you.

    As an aside, a former Rear Gunner who was at Hemswell at the same time as your Grandad, but on 170 Squadron, lives just around the corner from me, and he too is in the video "Night Bombers". I meet him for a pint a couple of times a month, and he still remembers his time at Hemswell with great clarity. He was in the crew of Sqn/Ldr Tommy Wright, one of the 170 Flight Commanders. I'm not sure whereabouts in the world you are, but if you're within travelling distance of Cardiff, in South Wales, my friend would be delighted to sit down and have a pint with you and talk about his memories of his time at Hemswell.

    Thanks Sam, all the best,

    Greg
    "You can take the boy out of Wales,
    But you can't take Wales out of the boy!!"

    Greg Harrison
    100 Squadron and 100 Squadron Association Historian
    100 Squadron Researcher 1917 - present day
    1 Group Researcher 1940 - 1945

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    Thanks Greg.

    I'll drop you an email.

    Sam

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    hi,
    hope you get the info off Greg, but I noticed in Bomber sq,s of the RAF and their a/c by P.J.R.Moyes, it gives-

    JB613-Y
    LM721-W
    ME486-H
    NG359-L
    NN752-R
    NX557-F
    PB747-E
    PD421-F
    RA586-L
    RF243-N
    B.1& B.111,s with the sq. Nov 1944- Nov 1945

    hope this helps, regards,
    dave...

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    Thanks Dave.

    Are there any photographs in the book or further information relating to 150 Squadron?

    Sam

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    W.E Jones 'Bomber Intelligence' published by Midland Counties. Now out of print but obtainable on abebooks/amazon. Bill was the Intelligence Officer on 170 and 150 Squadrons.

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    It just states it was disbanded in Italy early in Oct. 1944, whilst flying Wellington mk.111,s and reformed in England a few weeks later. Between 11th Nov 1944 and 25th April 1945 flew 827 operational sorties, and dropped more than 3,827 tons of bombs, in doing so it lost 8 a/c and 40 aircrew. After the war ended it flew food supplies to the Dutch, transporting POW,s home from Belgium, and personnel rom Italy to England. It was disbanded in Nov. 1945.

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    Thanks Barnsley and Dave

    On my Grandads Flying Logs the Lancasters he flew on are simply listed by Lancaster and a letter. One has a serial of JB613 which you've listed. The letters are - Lancaster U, R, N, A, H, S.

    Another member interpreted those into these serials - NG359 IQ-L, NN742 IQ-U, PB746 IQ-X, PB817 IQ-Q, NN752 IQ-R, RF243 IQ-N, RA584 IQ-A, PB738 IQ-A, ME486 IQ-H, and NG333 IQ-S. I have the histories of each aircraft too.

    Do these feature in your book ? I noticed there are a few differences so wonder if they're separate aircraft.
    Thank you
    Sam

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    hi, morning,
    Harry Holmes,s AVRO LANCASTER-the Definitive Record, lists-

    A- NG263.RA584,PB783.
    B- NG264.
    C- NG163.
    D- ME451,NG295.
    E- PB747.
    F- NX557,PD421.
    G- NG268.
    H- E486,NG288.
    I- MN743.
    J- ME328.
    K- NG291.
    L- NG359,RA586.
    M- NG421.
    N- RF243.
    O- PB738.
    P- PB853.
    Q- PB817.
    R- NN752.
    S- NG333.
    T- PB780.
    U- NN742.
    V- PB781.
    W- LM721.
    X- PB746.
    Y- JB613.
    Z-ME328.
    He also states 150 was reformed at Fiskerton 1/11/44, using C flt of 550Sq

    Gives- missing-

    ME451- HILDESHEIM 23/3/45.
    NE150- COUTANCES 7/6/44 ? note date.
    NG164- OSTERFELD 1/1/45.
    NG263- crashed Watlington, Oxen. 13/3/45.
    NG421- collided with PB515,crashed near Sudbrook,Lincs.
    NN743- ESSEN 13/12/44.
    NX583- crashed on landing Helmswell 1/7/45.
    PB780- PFORZHEIM 24/2/45.
    PB853- DORTMUND 23/3/45.
    PD421- DORTMUND 21/2/45.

    Bruce Robertson,s LANCASTER THE STORY OF A FAMOUS BOMBER records-

    1st Sq op 11/11/44. but a a/c borrowed from 576 Sq flew 1st op on 6/11/44.

    he also lists their fates most of the previous posting lists were SOC after the war, with PD421 the only one Missing. If you want any particular histories let me know.

    hope this helps, regards,

    dave...

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    Thankyou Dave.

    Avro Lancaster Definitive Record is on my library wish list. I think it should be returned soon so I'll snap that up.

    Were all of those Lancasters listed used by 150 Squadron? I know he used Halifax and Lancaster U whilst at 1667 HCU.

    I have been given the histories of the aircraft in my previous post. If 150 Squadron used any of the other aircraft in your list I'd like to hear their histories please?

    Are there any photographs in the Avro Lancaster Definitive Record book of 150 Squadron aircraft? I'll get to the library later.

    Interestingly you mention Fiskerton. I think 150 were only there for 3 months before moving to Hemswell. I don't know the reasons why though.

    Thanks for all your help.
    Sam

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