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Old 16th February 2018, 21:03
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Re: most Lancaster missions

Good evening Gentlemen,

the Lancaster definitely produced more VC airmen than any other aircraft type:

7 VC's
  • Avro Lancaster: Ian Bazalgette, Guy Gibson, Norman Jackson, John Nettleton, Robert Palmer, William Reed, George Thompson
3 VC's
  • Bristol Blenheim: Hughie Edwards, Hugh Malcolm, Arthur Scarf
  • R.A.F. B.E.2c: William Leefe Robinson, Frank McNamara, William Rhodes-Moorhouse
  • R.A.F. S.E.5a: Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor, Edward Mannock, James McCudden
2 VC's
  • Armstrong Whitworth FK 8: Alan McLeod, Ferdinand West
  • Fairey Battle: Donald Garland, Thomas Gray
  • Handley Page Halifax: Cyril Barton, Leonard Cheshire
  • Handley Page Hampden: John Hannah, Roderick Learoyd
1 VC
  • Airco D.H.2: Lionel Rees
  • Avro Manchester: Leslie Manser
  • Bristol Beaufort: Kenneth Campbell
  • Bristol Scout: Lanoe Hawker
  • Consolidated Catalina: John Cruickshank
  • Douglas Dakota: David Lord
  • Hawker Hurricane: James Nicolson
  • Morane-Saulnier Type L: Reginald Warneford
  • Nieuport 10: Richard Bell-Davies
  • Nieuport 23: William Bishop
  • R.A.F. F.E.2d: Thomas Mottershead
  • R.A.F. R.E.5: John Liddell
  • R.A.F. S.E.5: Albert Ball
  • Short Stirling: Arthur Aaron
  • Sopwith Camel: Alan Jerrard
  • Sopwith Snipe: William Barker
  • Vickers F.B.5: Gilbert Insall
  • Vought Corsair: Robert Gray
Cheshire's VC citation mentions a mission in a Mustang but the award was made for four years of fighting and I think he flew more missions in a Halifax than in his other planes.

Cheers,

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Old 17th February 2018, 01:07
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Re: most Lancaster missions

There are two Short Stirling VC's.
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Old 17th February 2018, 01:52
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Re: most Lancaster missions

Hello,

Douglas A-20 Boston - William Ellis Newton RAAF

Short Stirling - Rawdon Hume Middleton RAAF

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Old 17th February 2018, 06:01
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Re: most Lancaster missions

A few more:

Consolidated Catalina: David Ernest Hornell RCAF

Avro Lancaster: Andrew Charles Mynarski RCAF; Edwin Essery Swales SAAF
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Old 17th February 2018, 10:33
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Re: most Lancaster missions

Hello,

More:

Vickers Wellington - James Allen Ward RNZAF
Fairey Swordfish - Eugene Esmonde FAA
Lockheed Ventura - Leonard Henry Trent RAF
Consolidated Liberator - Lloyd Allan Trigg RNZAF

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Old 17th February 2018, 15:09
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Re: most Lancaster missions

Major Edwin Swales of 582 Squadron was also in a Lancaster on Feb.23/45 which he was awarded a VC as Master Bomber at Pforzheim. This was the second VC awarded for actions in a 582 Squadron Lancaster but Swales was the only 582 Squadron member to be awarded a VC. Robert Palmer, a Mosquito pilot of 109 Squadron was piloting an Oboe equipped 582 Squadron Lancaster on Dec.23rd/44 and was awarded a VC for leading an attack on Cologne’s Gremberg rail yards.
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Old 19th February 2018, 13:57
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Re: most Lancaster missions

Dear Gentlemen,

thanks for so many further VC airmen.
I'll merge them with the list above:

9 VC's
  • Avro Lancaster: Ian Bazalgette, Guy Gibson, Norman Jackson, Andrew Charles Mynarski, John Nettleton, Robert Palmer, William Reed, Edwin Swales, George Thompson
3 VC's
  • Bristol Blenheim: Hughie Edwards, Hugh Malcolm, Arthur Scarf
  • R.A.F. B.E.2c: William Leefe Robinson, Frank McNamara, William Rhodes-Moorhouse
  • R.A.F. S.E.5a: Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor, Edward Mannock, James McCudden
2 VC's
  • Armstrong Whitworth FK 8: Alan McLeod, Ferdinand West
  • Consolidated Catalina: John Cruickshank, David Ernest Hornell
  • Fairey Battle: Donald Garland, Thomas Gray
  • Handley Page Halifax: Cyril Barton, Leonard Cheshire (flew other plane types, too)
  • Handley Page Hampden: John Hannah, Roderick Learoyd
  • Short Stirling: Arthur Aaron, Rawdon Hume Middleton
1 VC
  • Airco D.H.2: Lionel Rees
  • Avro Manchester: Leslie Manser
  • Bristol Beaufort: Kenneth Campbell
  • Bristol Scout: Lanoe Hawker
  • Consolidated Liberator: Lloyd Allan Trigg
  • Douglas Boston: William Ellis Newton
  • Douglas Dakota: David Lord
  • Fairey Swordfish: Eugene Esmonde
  • Hawker Hurricane: James Nicolson
  • Lockheed Ventura: Leonard Henry Trent
  • Morane-Saulnier Type L: Reginald Warneford
  • Nieuport 10: Richard Bell-Davies
  • Nieuport 23: William Bishop
  • R.A.F. F.E.2d: Thomas Mottershead
  • R.A.F. R.E.5: John Liddell
  • R.A.F. S.E.5: Albert Ball
  • Sopwith Camel: Alan Jerrard
  • Sopwith Snipe: William Barker
  • Vickers F.B.5: Gilbert Insall
  • Vickers Wellington: James Allen Ward
  • Vought Corsair: Robert Gray
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Old 19th February 2018, 21:24
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Re: most Lancaster missions

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[*]R.A.F. B.E.2c: William Leefe Robinson, Frank McNamara, William Rhodes-Moorhouse
A small detail but I noticed it nonetheless, Rhodes-Moorhouse was flying a BE2b in the action for which he was awarded the VC. Might be best to just list these VCs under BE2 rather than splitting them into sub-variants as you're not splitting things like Lancaster into sub-variants. Under that logic, it could also be argued that the SE5 and SE5a VCs be listed together.

Interesting topic.
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Old 20th February 2018, 13:47
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Re: most Lancaster missions

Hello Smithy,

you're right: BE 2b, No 687.
Thanks for the hint.

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Re: most Lancaster missions

Good morning Gentlemen,

this is my updated list of aircraft types that won VC's. Enjoy!
Michael

9 VC's
• Avro Lancaster: Ian Bazalgette, Guy Gibson, Norman Jackson (flight engineer), Andrew Mynarski (gunner), John Nettleton, Robert Palmer, William Reid, Edwin Essery Swales, George Thompson (wireless operator)

3 VC's
• Bristol Blenheim: Hughie Edwards, Hugh Malcolm, Arthur Scarf
• R.A.F. S.E.5a: Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor, Edward Mannock, James McCudden

2 VC's
• Armstrong Whitworth FK 8: Alan McLeod, Ferdinand West
• Consolidated Catalina: John Cruickshank, David Ernest Hornell
• Fairey Battle: Donald Garland, Thomas Gray (navigator)
• Handley Page Hampden: John Hannah (wireless operator/gunner), Roderick Learoyd
• R.A.F. B.E.2c: William Leefe Robinson, Frank McNamara (also flew a Martinsyde G.100)
• Short Stirling: Arthur Aaron, Rawdon Hume Middleton

1 VC
• Airco D.H.2: Lionel Rees
• Avro Manchester: Leslie Manser
• Bristol Beaufort: Kenneth Campbell
• Bristol Scout: Lanoe Hawker
• Consolidated Liberator: Lloyd Trigg
• Douglas Boston: William Ellis Newton
• Douglas Dakota: David Lord
• Fairey Swordfish: Eugene Esmonde
• Handley Page Halifax: Cyril Barton
• Hawker Hurricane: James Nicolson
• Lockheed Ventura: Leonard Henry Trent
• Morane-Saulnier Type L: Reginald Warneford
• Nieuport 10: Richard Bell Davies
• Nieuport 23: William Bishop
• North American Mustang: Leonard Cheshire (also flew Armstrong Whitworth Whitley, Handley Page Halifax, Avro Lancaster, & de Havilland Mosquito)
• R.A.F. B.E.2b: William Rhodes-Moorhouse
• R.A.F. F.E.2d: Thomas Mottershead
• R.A.F. R.E.5: John Liddell
• R.A.F. S.E.5: Albert Ball (also flew Nieuport 23)
• Sopwith Camel: Alan Jerrard
• Sopwith Snipe: William Barker
• Vickers F.B.5: Gilbert Insall
• Vickers Wellington: James Allen Ward
• Vought Corsair: Robert Gray
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