Lancaster DV382 - No. 617 Squadron RAF (Dambusters)
Airborne 08:20 on 12 Feb 1944 from Ford where it had landed following the operation on Antheor Viaduct. Crashed a few minutes later on high ground at Waltham Down near Duncton, 16 km NE of Chichester, Sussex.

This aircraft was one of 200 Lancasters ordered from Metro-Vick in 1941 (Serial range DV155 - DV407), built as 91 Mk.Is with Merlin 22 engines and 109 Mk.IIIs with Merlin 28 engines, mixed, from May 1943 to Nov 1943. DV382 was a Mk.I and was delivered to 617 Sqdn 30 Nov 1943. Also reported wearing the ID AJ-J.

Took part in the following key operations
- SOE special target, France, 16/17 Dec 1943 (12,000lb HC bomb)
- Special target in France 30/31 Dec 1943 (12,000lb HC bomb)
- Antheor Viaduct 12/13 Feb 1944-crashed in transit from Ford next day.

No record of total hours. This loss has been recorded as lost against Antheor.

Crew
S/L W.R.Suggitt DFC J/15131 RCAF (Pilot) killed
F/S J.Pulford DFM 652403 RAF (Flt Engr) killed
F/O J.I.Gordon DFC 412218 RAAF (Navigator) killed
F/O N.J.Davidson J/22514 RCAF (Bomb Aimer) killed
F/O S.G.Hall 411775 RAAF (WOp AG) killed
F/S J.P.Riches 1390921 RAFVR (Mid Up AG) killed
F/O J.M.Dempster DFM J/17206 RCAF (Rear AG) killed
S/L T.W.Lloyd DSO 84133 RAFVR (Passenger) killed

S/L Suggit was admitted to St.Richards Hospital in Chichester where he died from his injuries 15 Feb 1944. He had previously flown with No.28 Sqdn, his DFC being gazetted 9 Jul 1943.

F/S Pulford had been Flight Engineer to W/C Gibson VC on the Dams Raid May 1943, his DFM gazetted 28 May 1943.

P/O Gordon had flown with 467 Sqdn and F/O Dempster with 57 Sqdn, their awards being dated 10 Dec 1943 and 16 Feb 1943 respectively.

S/L Lloyd was the Squadron's Intelligence Officer and had served in the RFC in WW1. At 52, he was one of the oldest officers to be killed in Bomber Command.

Do you have more information about this location? Inform us!

Source