No.617 SQUADRON "DAM BUSTERS", BOMBER COMMAND
RAF Woodhall Spa, 1944
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|By Timeframe||World War II - European Theater|
|By Operator||R. AIR FORCE (WW2)|
|By Illustrator||Chris SANDHAM-BAILEY|
Avro Lancaster B. Mk.1
s/n PA474 / KC-A repainted as DV385 "Thumper Mk.III"
Painted to represent 617 (Dam Busters) Squadron’s DV385 Thumper Mk III during mid 1944. The nose art of DV385 was painted by Flt Lt Bob Knights, upon his posting to 617 Sqn. At this time 617 Sqn was based at Woodhall Spa. On 8th June 1944 DV385 was involved in a raid to destroy the Saumur railway tunnel in the Loire valley, France. A total of 25 Lancasters took off carrying the (until then operationally untested) Tallboy bomb. Knights’ crew consisted of P/O E. Twells F/Eng, F/O H.B. Rhude (Can) Nav, P/O J.R. Bell A/B, F.O B.J. Hosie W/Op, F/S W.H. Pengelly M.U, F/S P.W. Derham R.G. The mission was a success and the tunnel was not cleared by the time of the Allied invasion. The bombs record the missions flown over the Third Reich, the ice cream cone represents missions over Italy and the poppies to symbolise the release of poppies during exhibition flights. DV385 was scrapped on 9th November 1946.