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The Last Flight of the Lancaster Lily Mars - WW2 Podcast 14

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The story of Lancaster bomber LL678 together with its courageous crew, including my Dad’s best pal, Don Savage, during WW2 in 1944.

As Gerry floats towards the ground, he takes off his headset and lets it drop. As he lands he quickly gets his thoughts together. He catches a movement and freezes as a pair of dark figures approach. “Who is coming?” he wonders and thinks about dropping his chute and reaching for his sidearm ....

"As they approach the target they drop their load on the mark of George Palamountain, the bomb aimer. There is a sense of relief. They are now free to get the hell out of there."

Painting of the Lily Mars in action from Gallery Luminaria - See more below

Gerald gets to fly in a Tiger Moth - Gerald & Tiger Moth - When Gerald stayed with Shane in Australia, he said that one of his biggest wishes was to go for a flight in a Tiger Moth. Shane was able to arrange this at a local airfield. The owner of the plane even let Gerald take control once they were in the air.

Artist Ron Cole in front of his painting of the Lily Mars. Fantastic prints of various kinds can be bought from his web site at this Lily Mars Painting link.

Bill Cheall's published memoirs, which depict his Dunkirk exploits and much more. Around £20 or less!

Fighting Through war book WW2 podcast. Show transcript Show transcript Crew of WW2 Lily Mars Lancaster WW2 - podcast Bennets Beavers WW2 aircrew report WW2 Lancaster Operations Record Book Lily Mars - WW2 plane - Lancaster LL678 Don Savage, 'A grand lad and a good pal' Escape hatches on the Lancaster | WW2 Podcast Bertie Delacour, ww2 pilot Bertie Training in Canada in WW2 Don Savage and bomb aimer George Palamountain in WW2 Dieter Schmidt's wingman nightfighter in WW2 Gerald Martin - Lancaster Flight Engineer, WW2 Gerry meets the WW2 German pilot and radio operator Van der Graaf family with Gerald Martin and others Radar Operator, Kurt Schonfeld in Neubiberg nr Munich, WW2 The Koeslag family of Laren, Netherlands, 1944 WW2 podcast German pilot Dieter Schmidt WW2 The Krupp factory WW2 Essen and the Krupp factory from Wikipedia Don Dawkins waves a final goodbye during the flypast at the WW2 memorial ceremony Ron Cole artist with amazing pic of Lancaster Lily in Frans garden just before the ceremony The WW2 Dakota acts as a surrogate Lily Mars Unveling the memorial - Shane Delacour with wife Jennine, Don and Lily Dawkins Hans Kendricks unveiling the WW2 memorial Memorial stone at Lily Mars WW2 crash site near Bathem Shane Delacour before the ceremony Don Dawkins with Shane and Wife in background, ww2 podcast Lily Mars Fuel guage ww2 podcast Inspecting the exact spot where the ww2 crash happened Joop of Planehunters holding part of a recovered WW2 plane

Don with crew mate and bomb aimer George Palamountain at Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire England

WW2 Essen and the Krupp factory. Bill Cheall stood in a similar spot when he remarked on the devastation of Essen and how the Krupp factory had manufactured steel for tanks and 88mm guns

Dietrich Schmidt, the German flying ace who shot the Lily Mars down.

Radar Operator, Kurt Schonfeld in Neubiberg nr Munich, WW2

1999, Holland: Gerald meets the pilot and radio operator of the plane which shot his Lancaster plane down. Left to Right: Dieter Schmidt, Gerald Martin, Kurt Schonfeld.

Devastated WW2 Essen and the Krupp factory from Wikipedia

Pilot Officer Bertie Delacour, Killed in action.

Training in Canada - Bertie Delacour marked with a cross. This photo was sent home to Bert's mum when he was training in Canada hence the snow.

The Lancaster LL678, The Lily Mars, 514 Squadron, WW2

Crew:

514 Squadron, RAF Waterbeach:

 

P/O HS Delacour (Australian) - Killed - 2nd right

F/O Roy Picton - Killed

F/S Don Savage (British) - Killed - 3rd right

F/S George Palamountain - Survived - 1st right

Sgt Spurgeon 'Pop' Williams (Canadian) - Survived - 1st left

Sgt Albert Benham - Killed

Sgt Gerald Martin (British) - Survived - Middle

 

Observer: P/O S A Phillips - Killed

Flight Engineer, Sergeant Gerald Martin, Survived, died 2008

Dad's pal and rear Gunner, Flight Sergeant George Donald Savage 1523883, Killed in Action, aged 20

The night fighter wingman of Schmidt

In Frans' garden just before the memorial  ceremony at Bathmen

Joop of Planehunters holding part of a recovered plane

LL678 Lancaster Lily Mars Fuel guage

Unveling the memorial - Shane Delacour with wife Jennine, Don and Irene Dawkins

Inspecting the exact spot where the ww2 crash happened

Don Dawkins in a contemplative mood with Shane and Wife in background

A fascinating crew report from another flight in the vicinity. Copyright Lancaster Archive.

With thanks to kind permission of the Lancaster Archive, where you can find more information and photos on these splendid planes.

Shane Delacour before the ceremony

Frans Hendriks unveiling the WW2 memorial  with the specially commissioned painting of the Lily Mars in the foreground

Don Dawkins waves a final goodbye during the flypast at the WW2 memorial ceremony - Possibly the most poignant pic of all!

The WW2 Dakota acts as a surrogate Lily Mars

Memorial stone at Lily Mars WW2 crash site near Bathem

WW2 Lancaster Operations Record Book showing the Lily Mars bomb sortie

Escape hatches on the Lancaster showing, front, where several crew escaped, and the rear hatch which was also used. Link to more info, RAF Lancaster

Gerald flies in a Tiger Moth when he visits Shane in Australia Parts of the WW2 LL678 Lancaster which were recovered from the crash site

Parts of the WW2 LL678 Lancaster which were recovered from the crash site

Planehunters site and more pics not to be missed! Parts recovered from the WW2 Lily Mars crash site, podcast

Above: Two brave families who helped various allied airmen during WW2.

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