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AJ-T "Tommy"

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AJ-T "Tommy"

Crew

PILOT
Joseph Charles McCARTHY
Flight Lieutenant

Joseph Charles McCarthy
DFC
(RCAF)
Award for Dambusters Raid: Distinguished Service Order
Distinguished Service Order

NAVIGATOR
Donald Arthur MACLEAN
Flying Officer

Donald Arthur MacLean
(RCAF)
Award for Dambusters Raid: Distinguished Flying Medal
Distinguished Flying Medal

BOMB AIMER
George Leonard JOHNSTON
Sergeant

George Leonard Johnston
Award for Dambusters Raid: Distinguished Flying Medal
Distinguished Flying Medal

FLIGHT ENGINEER
William RADCLIFFE
Sergeant

William Radcliffe

WIRELESS OPERATOR
Leonard EATON
Flight Sergeant

Leonard Eaton

FRONT GUNNER
Ronald BATSON
Sergeant

Ronald Batson

REAR GUNNER
No Picture Available
Flying Officer

David Rodger
(RCAF)


Mission Notes

Departed:  approx 22:02 (16/05/43)

  • McCarthy took off approximately 34 minutes later than the rest of the second wave after being forced to switch to the only reserve aircraft (AJ-T) at the last moment
  • His original aircraft AJ-Q "Queenie" had a coolant leak
  • McCarthy attacked the Sorpe dam at 00:46 (17/05/43) but failed to breach it

Returned:  03:23 (17/05/43)

Mission Duration:  approx 5 hours 21 minutes


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