Avro Manchester/Lancaster Serials Page 3
Serial Range R5768 - R5917 Manchester I/Lancaster I
100 Manchesters were ordered from Metropolitan Vickers in 1939 and built as 43 Manchester I and 57 Lancaster I delivered from March 1941 to August 1942 to A. V. Roe for assembly and testing.
R5768 - Avro Mar41, 83Sq Apr42, 1660CU (TV-A), SOC Nov43
R5769 - 25OTU Mar42; 106, 50, 98Sqs; 1661CU, SOC Dec43. 285hrs.
R5770 - 106Sq, Flown by Wg/Cdr Guy Gibson, Crash 1660CU 4Jul43
The fourth Metrovick Production Manchester R5771
R5771 - 25OTU; 48, 420, 57Sqs; 1654CU, 2AGS Aug43, became 3746M
R5772 - 49Sq, 25OTU, 1654CU, Crashed near Wigsley 26Jan43
R5773 - RAE, TDU Gosport May42, became 3892M
R5774 - TDU Apr42, 11 SofTT, became 3890M
R5775 - 49, 83Sqs; 1654/60CU's, 3STT, became 4281M
R5776 - Avro Aug41, 1654 Con Flt, 1654CU, became 3745M
R5777 - Avro Jul41, 1654CU Jun42, 39MU, 1654CU, SOC Oct43
R5778 - Avro Sep41, 50Sq 25Jan42, Missing 9May42
R5779 - Avro Sep41, 83Sq(OL-G) Dec41, Missing 9Mar42
R5780 - 8, 106, 49, 57Sqs; 1656 Con Flt. Crashed Lichfield 19Oct42
R5781 - Avro Aug41, 83Sq Jan 42, Missing 28/29Mar42
R5782 - 207, 50Sqs Mar42, Missing (Hamburg) 17/18Apr42
R5783 - Avro Sep41, 97Sq (OF-V) Sep41, the aircraft took off from Coningsby at 1822 on the evening of 20th October 1941. It forced landed at 0030 on marshland at Friskney some 8 miles south-west of Skegness. This was the second Manchester incident involving this crew in a little over a month. No injuries were reported. Crew: Sgt G H Hartley, Sgt Appleyard, Sgt J Canham, Sgt Dean, Sgt Baker, Sgt Mayland, Sgt Gross. See L7459
R5784 - 61, 50, 9, 57Sqs; 1485Flt, 1660CU, 9AFU, became 3984M
R5784 of No50 Squadron, Hinton-on-the-Hedges July 1942
R5785 - Avro Sep41, 61Sq Oct41, Missing 11Apr42. 140hrs.
R5786 - 61Sq Oct41, 50Sq Apr42, 1654CU, SOC 28Jan43
R5787 - 61Sq Oct41, Missing on Brest raid 31Jan/1Feb 42
R5788 - 83, 49Sqs; 1660CU, 1AFU Jul43, became 3983M
R5789 - Delivered to 61Sq on 20th October 1941. On the 9th January 1942 the aircraft took off from RAF North Luffenham near Stamford, Rutland for a raid on Cherbourg. While on its outbound journey the starboard engine caught fire and the heavily laden aircraft began to lose height. The pilot was reluctant to jettison the bomb load for fear of injuring people on the ground, but as a precaution he ordered his crew to bale out. Anecdotal evidence would suggest that the aircraft was probably making for Boscombe Down but as they were losing height decided to try for Upavon. The two pilots then tried to make an emergency landing, but in the pitch black conditions they failed to see a line of trees and the aircraft crashed at 0620 at Wiltshire Cross near Shipton Bellinger, Wiltshire. One of the crew made his way to a local farm in order to let the authorities know. Meanwhile three local boys, all brothers, had seen the fireball and were making their way to the crash site when the burning ammunition started to cook off, unfortunately the elder brother was killed by a stray round. The crew which baled out and survived were: - F/O C A Giles, Sgt Lorrimer, Sgt Fryer, P/O S P Walsh, Sgt J Brown and P/O Lancaster. The pilot and co-pilot who were tragically killed were: - P/O D S Matthews (DFM), P/O T I R Wilson.
R5790 - 207, 83, 49, 44Sqs; 1661CU, became 3774M
R5791 - 207Sq(EM-V); 1457/85Flts, 1654CU, became 4001M
R5792 - Delivered to 97Sq on the 29th October 1941, This aircraft crashed at 11:55 on 24th November 1941 at Walpole St. Andrew, 7 miles WSW of Kings Lynn, Norfolk following a mid air collision with Hurricane I, V6864 from 57 OTU flown by Sgt G A Johnstone, who also died in the tragedy. Crew: F/O H T Hill †, Sgt A C Smith †, Sgt J Newton †, Sgt F Holt †, Sgt F E Martin †, Sgt J Few †, Sgt E C Hutton (RAAF) †.
R5793 - 25OTU; 49, 83Sqs; 1656CU, 39MU, SOC May43
R5794 - 25OTU, 49Sq, Missing (Essen) 2Jun42. 137hrs.
R5795 - Delivered to 97Sq (OF-W) in November 1941, the aircraft took off from Waddington at 0930 on 18th December 1941 on a raid to Brest. It was shot down bt Me109's and came down in the sea roughly 6kms off Brest. Those who died are commemorated on the Runnymede memorial. P/O Stokes was an Australian serving with the RAF. Crew: P/O N G Stokes †, Sgt G P Thomas (RAAF) (pow), Sgt T M Wade (RAAF) (pow), F/S I Hewitt (RCAF)(pow), Sgt M R Heinish (RCAF) †, Sgt G G Fell †.
R5796 - 207(EM-W), 106, 57, 50Sqs; 1654/60CU's, SOC Nov43
R5797 - Ringway Feb42, Became 3778M
R5829 - 25OTU Dec41, 1654 Con Flt, 3AGS, SOC Jul43
Avro Manchester 1a R5830 (Damage suffered whilst with 83 squadron)
R5830 - AAEE Jan42, 83Sq Feb42, 1656CU, SOC Nov43
R5831 - 83Sq(OL-I) 9Jan42, Missing 25/26Mar42. 82hrs.
R5832 - 61Sq Jan42, 1660CU Oct42, became 3744M. 410hrs.
R5833 - 207, 50Sqs; Lost mining near Ile de Quiberon 5/6Jun42
R5834 - 61Sq 28Jan42, SOC May42
R5835 - 207, 83, 49, 408Sqs; 1654/61CU's; SOC Oct43. 471hrs.
R5836 - 83, 49Sqs; 1661CU, Wrecked landing Scampton 1Dec42
R5837 - 83Sq(OL-R) 13Feb42, In sea off Frisian Isles 8/9Oct42
R5838 - 83, 9Sqs; 1661CU, Overshot Wickenby 12Mar42. Crew OK.
R5839 - 106Sq Mar42, 49Sq, 1661CU, SOC Oct43. 299hrs.
R5840 - 106Sq 28Mar42, Lost mining on 3/4May42
R5841 - 106Sq, 1660CU, Crashed at Swinderby on fire 11Apr43
R5842 - Avro 5Jan42, 61Sq Mar42, 44/49 Con Flts, 1661CU, 5LFS, 46MU, AAEE(ETPS), Crashed 27Mar46
R5843 - 61Sq, 50 Con Flt, 1654CU, Missing 18Jan43
R5844 - 61Sq, 97Sq Con Flt, 106Sq Con Flt, Missing 2Jun42
R5845 - 97Sq, 1660CU, 3LFS, 90Sq, 1656/67CU's, SOC Sep45
R5846 - 61, 44Sqs; 1661/68/54CU's; 15, 622, 75Sqs; 5LFS, 3LFS; Collided mid-air with R5674, Hockwold, Norfolk, 18Dec44
R5847 - Woodford 19Mar42, 207Sq 3May42, SOC 6Jun42
R5848 - 106Sq May42, 1660CU Oct42, SOC 11Apr43. 292hrs.
R5849 - R-R 24Apr42, Caught fire near Hucknall 11Jan43. 422hrs.
R5850 - 83, 44Sqs; 1661CU, Burnt Winthorpe 19Feb43. 229hrs.
R5851 - 50 Con Flt, 1654CU, 46MU, 1668CU, 1LFS, Crash 14Mar44
R5852 - 207Sq(EM-R), 83Sq(OL-Y). Overshot Condover 10Sep42
R5853 - Con Flts, 1660CU, 576Sq, 1LFS, 1667/51CU's, SOC Oct45
R5854 - 97Sq Con Flt, 1660CU, 1668CU(CE-C), became 4864M
R5855 - 49Sq Con Flt, 1661CU, 5/6LFS, 231Sq, SSMar49
R5856 - 83Sq, 1660CU, 61Sq(QR-Q), Lost (St Leu) 8Jul44. 559hrs.
R5857 - 83Sq(OL-F) 1Jun42, Burnt in crash 7Nov42. 179hrs.
R5858 - 44Sq, Ditched 200miles west of Ireland 14Jun41. 18hrs.
R5859 - 61Sq 3Jun42, Damaged on operations 7Dec42. 197hrs.
R5860 - 207Sq 8Jun42, Down in North Sea 21Jun42
R5861 - 106Sq Jun42, Missing 8/9Jul42. 41hrs
R5862 - 44Sq, 1660CU, 166Sq, Missing (Berlin) 21Jan44. 328hrs.
R5863 - 207Sq, Crashed at Normanton on night flight 19Aug42
R5864 - 106, 61Sqs, Blown up at Syerston 8Dec42
R5865 - 207, 57Sqs; 1661CU, 46MU, 1668CU, became 4950M
R5866 - 61Sq, 1654/67CU's, 1LFS, Crashed 25Sep44. 1140hrs.
R5867 - 207Sq 1Jul42, Missing 24Jul42. 37hrs.
R5868 - 83Sq(OL-Q), 467Sq(PO-S), 144ops, Preserved at Hendon. Survivor.
R5888 - 61Sq 6Jul42, Missing 11Sep42. 127hrs.
R5889 - 49, 97Sqs;1661CU, Burnt in crash 9Jul43. 519hrs.
R5890 - 49Sq 7Jul42, Missing 17Sep42. 137hrs.
R5891 - 1654CU Jul42, Crashed 23Jul42
R5892 - 49Sq 13Jul42, 1661CU Feb43, SOC Feb43. 86hrs.
R5893 - 1654CU, 46MU, 1667CU, 1LFS, Crash Jan44, SOC May47
R5894 - 49, 9, 57Sqs; Hit high tension cable, Riseholme, 2Mar43
R5895 - 97 Con Flt, 1660CU, 38MU, 207Sq, Lost 22Jan44. 381hrs.
R5896 - 97Sq, 1660CU Apr43, 15Sq Dec43, SOC 7Apr44
R5897 - 49Sq 28Jul42, Missing 29Aug42. 42hrs.
R5898 - 49Sq Jul42, 44Sq Jan43, Missing 9Apr43. 308hrs.
R5899 - 106Sq 29Jul42, Lost mining 18Sep42. 78hrs.
R5900 - 106Sq 4Aug42, Crashed 18Jan43
R5901 - 49Sq Aug42, 39MU, 44Sq Apr43, Missing 19Oct43. 418hrs.
R5902 - 50Sq(VN-T) 5Aug42, Missing 13Oct42. 88hrs.
R5903 - 44Sq(KM-R) 8Aug42, Lost (Osnabruck) 6/7Oct42. 123hrs.
R5904 - 9Sq, 1661CU Nov42, 15Sq, Missing 21Jul44. 504hrs.
R5905 - 44Sq(KM-R) Sep42, Missing (Wismar) 23/24Sep42. 43hrs.
R5906 - 106, 15, 622Sqs; 1660CU, 3LFS, 38MU, Scrap May47
R5907 - 83Con Flt, 9Sq Aug42. Hit by flak 23/24Sep42. 71hrs.
R5908 - 207Sq Aug42, 49 Con Flt, 1661CU, Crash 28Nov42
R5909 - 50Sq 2Sep42, Missing (Wismar) 23/24Sep42. 41hrs.
R5910 - 61, 106Sqs; 1654CU, 5LFS, Became 4948M at 1660CU
R5911 - 83Sq(OL-C) 4Sep42, Missing 14Oct42. 38hrs.
R5912 - 49, 156Sqs; NTU, 1668CU, Became 4949M at 1654CU
R5913 - 83Sq(OL-G) 6Sep42, Lost (St Nazaire) 1May43. 176hrs
R5914 - 106Sq Sep42, Damaged 24Sep42, Lost 22Dec42. 88hrs.
R5915 - 9, 97Sqs; 1660CU, 622Sq, Missing 21Jan44. 693hrs.
R5916 - 9Sq(WS-R) 8Sep42, Crashed and burnt 7Nov42
R5917 - 9, 97Sqs; 1660CU Apr43, Crashed 18May43. 300hrs.