Lancaster HK663

Serial Range HK553 – HK806 This aircraft was one of 200Lancastersordered from Vickers Armstrongs (Castle Bromwich) as Mk.11 Sep41 and changed to Mk.111 Feb43, but built as Mk.1s from Oct43 to Feb45. Up to HK773 had Merlin 22 engines initially installed, and all subsequent models had Merlin 24 engines. HK663 was delivered to No.195 Sqdn 16Oct44 When lost this aircraft had a total of 18 recorded hours HK663 was one of two No.195 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. See: LN743. Formerly a Ground-Support Sqdn equipped with Tyhoons, No.195 Sqdn was re-formed as a bomber Sqdn from a nucleus of personnel drawn from No.115 Sqdn at Witchford 1Oct44.  Airborne 1118 2Nov44 from Witchford.  Crash-landed in Allied held territory ( Venray) as F/O Funk was admitted to a Canadian Field Hospital. Sgt Kenny, at 37 well over the average age of air-crew, is buried in Groesbeek Canadian Cemetery; he was the son of Dr.Thomas Bernard Kenny MD of Trinidad. F/O P.J.Funk RCAF Inj Sgt N.Price PoW F/O B.C.Lumsden RAAF PoW F/O F.Major RCAF PoW Sgt S.Dudley PoW Sgt G.W.Flower PoW Sgt G.P.Kenny KIA Sgt S.Dudley was interned in Camp L7, PoW No.1135, with Sgt G.W.Flower, PoW No.1139 and Sgt N.Price, PoW No.1162. F/O B.C.Lumsden inCampL3, PoW No.8709 with F/O F.Major, PoW No.8719. ”

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