12 Squadron RAF Lancaster lost from RAF Wickenby on 29 July 1944.

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  1. Stuart Price

    Stuart Price New Member

    I am seeking information on a Lancaster, ND699, PH-P, which was lost over Stuttgart on the night of 29th July 1944, as one of the crew, Sgt Gerald Price, RAF(VR), S/N: 1507522, was my great uncle. Other members of the crew were: Sgt T Waring, Sgt AT White, A/F/O WL White, Sgt T.Kelso, Sgt AW Baskott and P/O JW Collister. I already have the ORBs for the relevant dates and Collister's service record as he was a member of the RCAF. I have applied for Sgt Price's service record from the MOD but would be interested to know if any forum members knew of other sources of information or possibly where I would be able to get a picture of the plane or crew. Any help would be really appreciated.

    regards,
    Stuart Price.
     
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  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

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  3. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    No 12 / No 626 Squadrons have a Squadron Association known as the Wickenby Register....over 1000 aircrew FTR from Wickenby....(No 626 Squadron was formed from No 12 Squadron C Flight in November 1943.)

    The airfield is still used for private flying, albeit from a shortened runway.There is an excellent memorial to those who FTR out of Wickenby. There was a museum in the Control Tower when I last visited.

    The Association Secretary is as below and might be able to help with information on the squadron.

    Mr G.A.G. Monk
    25 Orchard Gardens
    Effingham
    Surry
    KT24 5NR
     
  4. snailer

    snailer Country Member

    No it doesn’t, It’s just a generic picture of a Lancaster. It’s the same photo as loads of other Lancasters on that website.
     
  5. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

  6. Stuart Price

    Stuart Price New Member


    Hi,
    Thanks for replying. He was born in Wrexham but was most likely living in Manchester at the time of his enlistment.
    regards,
    Stuart
     
  7. Stuart Price

    Stuart Price New Member

    Harry,
    Thanks for the info. The Wickenby Register has now been incorporated into the archives at Wickenby and I have been in contact with the very helpful lady there. I am hoping to visit Wickenby in the next few weeks and near by bomber memorial as well
    regards,
    Stuart.
     
  8. Stuart Price

    Stuart Price New Member

  9. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Closer inspection....... The Lancaster shown appears to have its bomb doors open.The aircraft does not have H2S bombing gear fitted while from January 1944 the aid became a standard fitting for the bomber force.

    There was also a limit on air speed of 170 mph for bomb door operation which could mean that the photograph frame may be a shot of a Lancaster demonstration or a shot of a day operation.
     
  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    thats why i said suggests, if you look at the wording
     
  11. snailer

    snailer Country Member

  12. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    yes I do understand
     

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