Lancaster MkIII
EA-D ED702
D - Donald
History
Serial Range ED303 - EE202. This aircraft was one of 620 Lancasters ordered from A V Roe (Chadderton) in 1941 and built from November 1942 to June 1943 as 129 Mk.1s and 491 Mk.111s, mixed, up to ED782 and all Mk.111 from ED783 onwards. The Mk.1s were initially
fitted with Merlin 20 and the Mk.111s with Merlin 28 engines. ED702 was a Mk.111 and was delivered to 49 Squadron in March 1943.

The first operation for ED702 was to St Nazire flown by W/C Slee on the 22nd March 1943
 22/23.3.43 Lancaster ED702 W/C Slee L.C, P/O Mabee S.H, F/O Mansbridge S.H, F/Sgt Astbury C.K, F/Sgt Bishop P, F/O Chandler E.B, T/o 19.18hrs landing at 01.00
"Bombed primary 22.33 hrs 5,000ft. Smoke screen in operation. Haze and smoke prevented positive identification. Coned 4 times and Mid upper gunner hit by shrapnel in eye. Bombs jettisoned over target on 5th run"

22/03/1943

W/C Slee L.C

 St. Nazaire

27/03/1943

W/Cdr Slee L.C

 Berlin

10/04/1943

W/C Johnson P.

 Frankfurt

13/04/1943

W/Cdr Johnson R.

 Spezia Navel Units

16/04/1943

W/Cdr Johnson P.W

 Plzen

20/04/1943

W/Cdr Johnson P.W

 Stettin

23/05/1943

W/Cdr Johnson P.W

 Dortmund

25/05/1943

W/Cdr Johnson P.W

 Dusseldorf

11/06/1943

W/Cdr Johnson P.W

 Dusseldorf

16/06/1943

W/Cdr Johnson P.

 Cologne

20/06/1943

G/Cpt L.C. Slee

 Friedrichaven

21/06/1943

P/O Anderson C.

 Krefeld

22/06/1943

F/Sgt Kirton B

 Mulheim

28/06/1943

W/Cdr Johnson P.

 Cologne

08/07/1943

P/O Anderson C.

 Cologne

12/07/1943

P/O Anderson C.

 Turin

24/07/1943

W/Cdr Johnson P.

 Hamburg

25/07/1943

P/O Anderson C.

 Essen

27/07/1943

P/O Anderson C.

 Hamburg

29/07/1943

F/Sgt Watson

 Hamburg

31/07/1943

F/Sgt Kirton B

 Remscheid

02/08/1943

W/Cdr Johnson P.

 Hamburg

09/08/1943

P/O Moss J.H

 Mannheim

10/08/1943

W/Cdr Johnson P.W

 Nurnberg

17/08/1943

W/Cdr Johnson P.W

 Peenemunde

26/08/1943

F/Sgt Kirton B.W

 Leverkusem

23/08/1943

F/Lt Munro R

 Berlin

27/08/1943

F/Lt Munro R.C

 Nurnberg

30/08/1943

Sgt Webb  E.N

 Muchen Gladbach

31/08/1943

W/Cdr Johnson P.W

 Berlin

03/09/1943

P/O Anderson C.T

 Berlin

22/09/1943

F/Lt Munro R

 Hanover

23/09/1943

P/O Anderson C.T

 Mannheim  (All crew Lost)

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The report from the Brunt crew states: ‘Amazing number of fighters flares over target’ while the Bull crew observed: ‘’Quite a number of fighters seen in target area by light of enemy flares.’
Anderson & Crew after a night excersise Photo 49 Sqd Association
But on her 33rd Operation to Mannheim piloted by P/O C.T Anderson with his crew,
Sgt Paterson R,
F/Sgt Nugent J.
Sgt Bickle W.
Sgt Buck A.
Sgt Green G,
F/Sgt Ewen E,

T/o 18.33hrs "Lost without trace’. Route believed – Clacton – 50 58N 0254E – 49 55N 0705E – Mannheim."
Loss card for ED702
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ED702 flown by we believe W/Cdr Slee circa March 1943. image 49SA
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