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    Hi all, I am interested which individual letter Lancaster ME571 wore around 20.4.1944?

    According to this page: http://www.adf-serials.com.au/lancaster.htm
    ME571 Mk. I 463 Sqn. 15/02/44 to 21/05/44, JO-W.

    but http://www.lancaster-archive.com/lan...crashsites.pdf
    suggests:
    ME571 463 Sqn, RAAF del'd 4-2-44 JO-P, JO-T, JO-W

    Any help much appreciated

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Hello,

    ME571, initially was with 44 Sqn RAF as KM-P. On transfer to 463 (RAAF) Sqn, it was coded as JO-P (letter unchanged). It was flown on 8 ops by AUS404368 S/L Frank Brian May WILSON RAAF (later DFC).

    Then, No.463 (RAAF) Sqn - 20/21-4-1944- LA CHAPPELLE - ME571:JO-P - Capt: AUS415662 P/O Colin JAMES RAAF (later F/O. DFC).

    NB. James also flew ME571:JO-P on the 26/27-4-1944 SCHWEINFURT raid.

    Later, ME571:JO-P, was generally flown by AUS416994 P/O Murray Edmund PRATTEN RAAF (for 14 of his 16 ops). He was lost in this aircraft on 21/22-5-1944, on an op to DUISBURG.

    Col,
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    Many thanks Colin as usually great help.

    Pavel
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    Hi Pavel,
    I occasionally do a new search for ME571 and this time I saw your query. My uncle was one of the crew that was KIA in ME572. Claude Simpson was a gunner. Over the years I have tried to find out more info but have had little luck other than the regular google results. I would be keen to know your interest and what you have found out about the plane etc.
    cheers
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    Hi Phil,
    my interested was driven by another 463 Sq crew who flew on MR571 before the fateful flight.

    Pavel
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    Hi Pavel,
    I am trying to find out what the nick name for ME571 was. I have googled but have found nothing. I remember my mother saying B for Betty, but not confirmed anywhere. Do you have any tips on how to find this out?
    cheers
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    Hi Phil,

    in general they were used the phonetic alphabet used in particular period.

    https://www.aircombatgroup.co.uk/fli...F_Alphabet.php

    But I am not sure, maybe there was a special nick connected with possible nose art?

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    Thanks Pavel,
    The journey continues.
    Cheers Phill

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