11-17 May 1943


This was the week of the Dambusters Raid (Operation Chastise), but 12 Sqn carried out 2 operations, to Duisburg and Bochum and 3 aircraft were lost, one landing in the North Sea, with all the crew eventually being rescued after 129 hours in the aircraft dinghy (see first hand report below). You will also notice in the Station Diary entry for 13 May that Flt Lt J.O. Lancaster was posted following completion of his second tour – an unusual achievement – but he was also one of the original 617 Sqn pilots, but left during training and did not take part in the mission to the dams. He was also one of the aircrew interviewed on the Sky TV documentary “Lancaster”, released last year.

Extract from Station Diary

FS David Hugh Williams, aged 24, the rear gunner in PO Alexander’s aircraft – killed on 12/13 May 1943. He was the son of John Robert & Margaret Williams of Abertsswg, Monmouthshire

Extract from RAF F 541, Appendix to Operational Record Book

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