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Thumper - Lancaster of 50 SQN

Old 4th Dec 2020, 11:08
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Thumper - Lancaster of 50 SQN

I am trying to track down the registration of an Lancaster of 50 Sqn (probably 19420) that had a 'Thumper' logo on its side. I have a photo of it but am not permitted to post a photo as I have not made 10 posts yet.
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Old 5th Dec 2020, 00:35
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Hi. Have you tried the Squadron association? Found a website No.50 & No.61 Squadrons Association which looks possibly useful to you?
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Old 5th Dec 2020, 18:41
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Thanks, I have tried the 50/61 squadron site but without luck.
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Old 6th Dec 2020, 17:25
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Here’s Crispin’s photo:




Ignore the black dog.


Forty missions - was that better than average?

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Old 6th Dec 2020, 17:37
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Thanks for posting the photo. My father, Bill Williams, is the one without the brevet, one from the left. The unknown Wing Commander, one on my father's left is OC either 50 or 61 squadron and the photo is probably taken at Skellingthorpe. 40 missions is a lot. 50 and 61 Squadrons together had around 40 aircraft that made 50 or missions. That's a lot of numbers!
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Old 7th Jan 2021, 01:04
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The pilot is wing commander Russell OC 50 sqn, I recognise the lad on our far left aswell, these are 50sqn people. Also in Chaz Bowyer's book 'Bomber group at war' p.123 there is a wider angle photo of her with no op tally 'belonging' to Len Durham's crew

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Old 11th Jan 2021, 13:50
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the lad on the left is James Armour DFC DFM, Wop/ag, after serving on 50sqn, first as a Sgt then commissioned, he went with W/C Russell (and another AG from 50 George Cable DFM) to 138 sqn, all were KIA 7/8th May '44 when the Halifax ( LL289 NF-O) they were flying was shot down by a nightfighter near Le Mans.
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