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AJ-L "Leather"

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AJ-L "Leather"

Crew

PILOT
David John SHANNON
Flight Lieutenant

David John Shannon
DFC
(RAAF)
Award for Dambusters Raid: Distinguished Service Order
Distinguished Service Order

NAVIGATOR
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Flying Officer

Daniel Revie Walker
DFC
(RCAF)
Award for Dambusters Raid: bar to Distinguished Flying Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross

BOMB AIMER
Leonard Joseph SUMPTER
Flight Sergeant

Leonard Joseph Sumpter
Award for Dambusters Raid: Distinguished Flying Medal
Distinguished Flying Medal

FLIGHT ENGINEER
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Sergeant

Robert Jack Henderson

WIRELESS OPERATOR
No Picture Available
Flying Officer

Brian Goodale
DFC

FRONT GUNNER
No Picture Available
Sergeant

Brian Jagger

REAR GUNNER
No Picture Available
Flying Officer

Jack Buckley
Award for Dambusters Raid: Distinguished Flying Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross


Mission Notes

Departed:  21:59 (16/05/43)

  • Shannon (AJ-L) attacked the Eder dam between 01:30 and 02:00 (17/05/43)
  • He had four attempts to get into position to release his Upkeep on the tricky bombing run to the Eder dam
  • Without success, Gibson told him to wait while Maudslay (AJ-Z) attempted his run
  • Maudslay had two attempts and could not get into position either
  • Gibson called Shannon back in for another attempt
  • This time he managed to release his Upkeep - it exploded on contact with the dam but did not cause a breach

Returned:  04:06 (17/05/43)

Mission Duration:  6 hours 7 minutes


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