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Old 13th Aug 2019, 10:59
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Reading elsewhere that Jo Lancaster, Martin Baker 'Ejectee Number One' passed away on the 10th August at the grand age of 100. News & Events - Martin-Baker

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Old 13th Aug 2019, 22:05
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He was also well known as a Bomber Command veteran, having served with 40 and 12 Sqns. Met him at Farnborough last year and he signed a copy of the Bomber Command Memorial book which I'd just bought. Much respect Sir.
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Old 23rd Sep 2019, 15:39
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His Obituary was in the Telegraph on 22 September.

For those who cannot hurdle the Telegraph's paywall, his history is set-out here ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo_Lancaster
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Old 23rd Sep 2019, 18:13
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I met JO on several occasions, not least at the opening of the IBCC in Lincoln. He was kind enough to sign his biography 'First Out In Earnest' for me. RIP to a real Gent.
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Old 23rd Sep 2019, 19:16
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A much respected man and a hero in my estimation. I'm glad he lived to a ripe old age.
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Old 23rd Sep 2019, 19:40
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IIRC he was also the pilot responsible for dropping the largest bomb ever to fall on English soil.
Whilst at the A&AEE he was the pilot for the first of the Grand Slam, and as they didn't make any inert ones it made rather a large hole (now a rather large circular pond) at Ashley Walk in the New Forrest.
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Old 25th Sep 2019, 07:45
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There is a small book on the Ashley Walk bombing ranges and the R&D work there, interesting stuff.
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Old 25th Sep 2019, 17:29
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A friend of mine also remebers the rather large bang from the test bombs too, several large holes on Ashley Heath, usualy filled with water
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