|Object type||Black & white - Digital file JPEG|
|Place made||United Kingdom: England, Norfolk|
|Date made||c January 1945|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Informal group portrait of seven members of the crew of Mk I Lancaster bomber OJ-Q of 149 ...
Informal group portrait of seven members of the crew of Mk I Lancaster bomber OJ-Q of 149 Squadron RAF, in front of their aircraft, serial number NN708. Identified are, first on left, 154293 Flying Officer Frank M G Harrison, RAF, Bomb Aimer; and, far right, 421157 Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Lyle Ewart Button, RAAF, Pilot. On the crew's 30th mission, operating from Methwold RAF base in Norfolk on a raid on Wiesbaden, Germany, the aircraft crashed at Niederbrechen, near Wiesbaden. Five members of its crew were killed: Flt Lt Button, the Captain; WC Kay, Second Pilot; 1895910 Sgt John Charles Botting, Flight Engineer; 427963 Warrant Officer (WO) Peter Henry Wales, RAAF, Wireless Air Gunner; and 1896336 Sgt Cecil Stanley Bowers, Air Gunner. The other members of the crew were taken Prisoner of War: 1549430 Sergeant (Sgt) H Ormerod, Navigator; 154293 Flying Officer Harrison; and 1232607 Sgt F R Bryant, Navigator.