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Thomas Drayton Simpson - Aircrew Details - Aviation Directory

Thomas Drayton Simpson



Thomas 'Tammy' Simpson

Name : Thomas Drayton Simpson
Died : unknown

Awards :
Distinguished Flying Medal

Flew as Rear Gunner on Lancaster ED909 AJ-P of No.617 Sqn on 16th May 1943 for the Dambusters raid. Their aircraft dropped their mine which exploded off to the side of the Mohne dam. The aircraft returned safely.

Known Service Details :

Squadron

Rank

Start of Service

End of Service

Known Dates

Aircraft

Airframes

Notes

No.617 Sqn RAF

Flight Sergeant

unknown

unknown

16th May 1943

Lancaster

ED909

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Thomas 'Tammy' Simpson




Historical Notes :
30-04-1943 - Joined No.617 Sqn with code AJ-P.
16-05-1943 - Took part in the Dambusters raid. Successfully dropped mine which veered left after dropping and exploded at side of Mohne dam. The aircraft returned home safely. Crew : Flight Lieutenant Harold Bronlow Morgan Martin (Pilot), Pilot Officer Ivan Whittaker (Flight Engineer), Flight Lieutenant Jack Frederick Leggo (Navigator), Flying Officer Leonard Chambers (Wireless Operator), Flight Lieutenant Robert Claude Hay (Bomb Aimer), Pilot Officer Bertie Towner Foxlee (Front Gunner), Flight Sergeant Thomas Drayton Simpson (Rear Gunner).
xx-08-1946 - Joined No.61 Sqn with code YF-B.
29-07-1947 - Scrapped.

Known Individual Aircraft :

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Serial

Codes

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Squadron History

Aircrew History

History Notes

Engine

Factory

Lancaster

ED909

AJ-P
YF-B

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details

details

details




Aircraft for : Thomas Drayton Simpson
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Lancaster



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Manufacturer : Avro
Production Began : 1942
Retired : 1963
Number Built : 7377

Lancaster

The Avro Lancaster arose from the avro Manchester and the first prototype Lancaster was a converted Manchester with four engines. The Lancaster was first flown in January 1941, and started operations in March 1942. By March 1945 The Royal Air Force had 56 squadrons of Lancasters with the first squadron equipped being No.44 Squadron. During World War Two the Avro Lancaster flew 156,000 sorties and dropped 618,378 tonnes of bombs between 1942 and 1945. Lancaster Bomberss took part in the devastating round-the-clock raids on Hamburg during Air Marshall Harris' Operation Gomorrah in July 1943. Just 35 Lancasters completed more than 100 successful operations each, and 3,249 were lost in action. The most successful survivor completed 139 operations, and the Lancaster was scrapped after the war in 1947. A few Lancasters were converted into tankers and the two tanker aircraft were joined by another converted Lancaster and were used in the Berlin Airlift, achieving 757 tanker sorties. A famous Lancaster bombing raid was the 1943 mission, codenamed Operation Chastise, to destroy the dams of the Ruhr Valley. The operation was carried out by 617 Squadron in modified Mk IIIs carrying special drum shaped bouncing bombs designed by Barnes Wallis. Also famous was a series of Lancaster attacks using Tallboy bombs against the German battleship Tirpitz, which first disabled and later sank the ship. The Lancaster bomber was the basis of the new Avro Lincoln bomber, initially known as the Lancaster IV and Lancaster V. (Becoming Lincoln B1 and B2 respectively.) Their Lancastrian airliner was also based on the Lancaster but was not very successful. Other developments were the Avro York and the successful Shackleton which continued in airborne early warning service up to 1992.



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No.617 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 23rd March 1943

Apres mois, le deluge - After me, the flood

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No.617 Sqn RAF

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Last edited : 11:27, May 24, 2013
Last editor : kc
First created : 18:45, May 15, 2013
Created by : kc

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