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    Default Lancaster V7-E at RAF Shallufa

    Greetings,

    While typing up my dairies I came across a mention of a Lancaster arriving at RAF Shallufa, Egypt, 10 December 1946, my 20th birthday.

    I had only noted the code of V7-E. I know that it was from RAF Waddington Radio Warfare Establishment. It stayed four a couple of days and then it was off again to UK. I took a very nice photo of this machine while it was with us.

    Is there any ‘bright spark’ among us who could tell me the serial number of this aircraft please? Also it’s history if possible please.

    An answer would be most appreciated.
    Cheers,
    Digger

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    Hello Digger,

    "V7" was the code for 192 Sqn according to my old well used Aircraft Camouflage & Markings book by Harleyford.
    However, in Coastal Support & Special Squadrons under 192 Sqn,their WW2 code was "DT" and the text says -"During the fifties the Squadron's aircraft carried no specific insignia".
    There are aircraft used listed as-
    Wellington from Jan 43 to Jan 45
    Mosquito from Jan 43 to August 45
    Halifax from Jan 43 to August 45
    Lightning from September 44 to March 45
    LINCOLN 1952 to 1954
    Washington From 1952 to 1954
    Canberra 1952 to August 1958
    Disbanded 22 Aug 45 reformed 21 Aug 51.

    Have also looked at Radio Warfare Establishment /Central Signals Establishment
    and - YES - there it is...

    "V7-E" serial number ME545

    Also listed as "V7-Z" but was that before "E" or after I wonder ?

    ME545
    a Mk. III, served with 218 Sqn, 22,15 and 38 MU's, RWE Watton May 46, Damaged in Gale 16 March 47, 60 MU, CSE, became 6295M at Upwood. ( this from Harry Holms book Avro Lancaster The Definitive Record).

    Listed as a "C" Flight a/c with 218 Sqn code : "XH-L" named "Lovely Lou"

    Photo of "V7-E" on page 212 of Holmes book at Watton in 46, turret is faired over.

    So glad to have been a help with the Lancaster you seek.
    All the best
    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 21st October 2008 at 12:08.

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    Well done Alex, I do thank you so very much for your assistance.

    My word, two answers from Cornwall during our wee dark hours! The other was from my pal in answer to a newspaper name The newspaper was

    The Westerrn Morning News -
    a Devon/Cornwall paper printed Truro, Cornwall.

    Ref 'Recovery of Bodies 60 years later' , this site is worth it's weight in gold, at todays price too.

    Thanks again,
    Digger.

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    Any chance to see the photo, please?

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    Hello Franek,

    I asked Ross about pictures .
    I can send you a scan if I have your e-mail address.
    So send it me in a PM if you will.

    Alex

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    My Uncle flew in the Lovely Lou with Bomber Command. I have a photo of him and his crew standing beside the Lovely Lou. I'm currently searching for them.

    Helen

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    Dear Helen,
    Wow! After all these years a family member pops up. What a wonderful website this is.

    Please get in touch, my e mail address is awarculus@xtra.co.nz and I would most welcome any photographs of your uncle and I can then send you a photo of his Lancaster to you.

    These photos can go into my files. Little did I realise then that 66 years later I would have a contact with a crew members family.

    Many thanks,

    Digger. (A former Surrey lad)

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