LANCASTER BOMBER B Mk I R5620 OL-H at Scampton, Lincolnshire on 25 June 1942

Photographer Flying Officer F J Brock
Silver Gelatin Photograph
Stamped to reverse “Original”

Avro Lancaster B Mark I, R5620 ‘OL-H’, of No 83 Squadron RAF, leads the queue of aircraft waiting to take off from Scampton, Lincolnshire, on the ‘Thousand-Bomber’ raid to Bremen, Germany. R5620, flown by Pilot Officer J R Farrow and his crew, was the only aircraft to be lost by the Squadron that night. All the crew were lost when the plane crashed at Winkelsett, possibly shot down by flak.

The BFI have a 5-minute clip of this 1000 bomber raid. Search for the phrase “Watch 83 Squadron at Scampton 1942 online” for a link.

Pilot:403119 Plt Off James Ralph Farrow RNZAF – Sage War Cemetery 14. C. 9.
Flight Engineer:574729 Sgt Frank Charles Pearman – Sage War Cemetery 14. B. 7.
Observer:1254387 Sgt Percy Warren Barrett – Sage War Cemetery 11. A. 1.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:632245 Flt Sgt Arthur Joseph Neil DFM – Sage War Cemetery 14. C. 10.
Wireless Operator: Aus/407358 Sgt Ronald Harvey Donald Calder RAAF – Sage War Cemetery 14. C. 6.
Air Gunner:553453 Sgt Edward Corns – Sage War Cemetery 14. C. 7.
Air Gunner:548174 Sgt Arnold Bailey Norman – Sage War Cemetery – 14. C. 8.

Provenance: from the collection of Philip J R Moyes, author of many books on the RAF, most notably The Pictorial History which ran to several volumes. Inscribed with his initials to reverse, though this has subsequently been concealed with liquid paper.