I recently came across clear photos of ED549 - a sister Lancaster to ED559 - and lost on the same first raid that 100 Squadron undertook on March 4/5 1943. You can make out the serial number but the aircraft has not yet had the JA-S painted on to the fuselage. ED549 crashed while attempting to land at Langar airfield due to poor weather at RAF Grimsby. Only the mid-upper gunner survived the crash.
Photo from IWM archive
I wonder if either of the two Lancasters in the background happen to be ED559... we'll probably never know.
As and when information is found I'll post to this blog.
The last flight of Lancaster ED559