This is the story of a lost Lancaster bomber. It is also the story of the seven men lost with her. In early March 1943 Lancaster ED559 left RAF Grimsby to drop sea mines in the Gironde Estuary in western France. This was the first operation for a rebuilt No. 100 Squadron. After takeoff, nothing more was heard from the aircraft. Later, the body of the aircraft's pilot was retrieved from the sea and buried on the island of d'Oléron. What happened to that aircraft may never be fully known but this site details information about the crew, their Lancaster bomber, the target that night and what may have happened that dark night over occupied France.
The last flight of Lancaster ED559
The Last Flight of Lancaster ED559
The history of a bomber and her crew lost in march 1943