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    Hello, I have been sent a picture of a page from a 57 Squadron airman's logbook which records flights in an aircraft with the serial T4252.
    It has ben suggested to me that these flights were in a Lancaster but that serial doesn't sound like a Lancaster serial to me (though I may be wrong!).
    Does anyone know what aircraft T4252 was allocated to?
    I wondered if it might be a Wellington as I know the squadron converted from Wellingtons to Lancasters in 1942.
    Does anyone have a definitive answer?
    Many thanks,
    Tom

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    Hello

    The Air-Britain register shows no allocation between T4239 and T4260, within a bloc of Whitley Vs.

    Up to others...

    Joss

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    Thanks Joss, very interesting.
    I wonder if it could simply be that the numbers are correct but first letter is wrong.
    Sorry to trouble you, but as I do not have a copy of the Air Britain register, are there any other possible candidates that would fit with a Lancaster if an alternative first letter were used?
    Regards,
    Tom

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    Tom

    You could take a look at this site:

    http://www.ukserials.com/

    and see if anything comes close. Maybe the numbers are a bit mixed up, rather than the letter?

    Regards

    Simon

    EDIT: Or could it have been Lancaster W4252 DX-X of 57 Sqn, lost on April 4th/5th 1943:

    Lancaster I W4252 DX-X
    Op. Kiel

    Crew.
    S/L. S N T. Wallace +
    Sgt. G R. Harbottle +
    P/O. F E F. Weldon +
    Sgt. B E. Spicer +
    Sgt. A. Haddow +
    Sgt. A R. Evans +
    Sgt. A R. Woods +
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 28th March 2016 at 18:18.

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    Thank you Simon, you may have worked it out there. I wonder if it would be possible to work out how long W4252 was with 57. I will drop the 57 Sqn Association a line and see what they can add.
    Regards,
    Tom

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    According to Air Britain it was one of a batch of 200 delivered July to November 1942 (but not numbered consecutively) and was only ever with 57 Sqn. It looks to have been roughly mid batch so at a guess delivered around September 42 (but not guaranteed by any means).

    J

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    Hi Tom

    Perhaps you could give us the chap's name? You could find that someone on here has a copy of the 57 Sqn ORB at that date and could confirm if he's listed against a particular a/c. Or at least if a suitable 'candidate' a/c appears there

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    Thanks NJ, that helps narrow it and, yes Ian, apologies for missing out that rather obvious piece of information! The guy concerned is L W King, a flight engineer.
    Tom

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    Might be well off mark here but could your chap be 149660 P/O Leslie William John King Flight Engineer of 57 Sqn who won the DFC for his actions on the Le Creusot daylight raid on 17 Oct 42

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/.../4674/data.pdf

    I believe 57 got Lancs about a month before this raid which would probably fit with the delivery date of W4252. If this is the chap he was lost with 617 Sqn on 24/06/44 in Lancaster DV403 on a mission to attack a flying bomb site at Wizernes with a Tallboy bomb.

    May just be a coincidence.

    J.

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    Yes John,
    That's him, service number 149660, as you say, lost when DV403 was shot down over France.
    Does anyone have any way of confirming which aircraft he would have been in on the Le Creusot raid?
    Thanks,
    Tom

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