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Crew of Avro Lancaster ED886 O for Orange


Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW2 war memorial model commemorating the crew of Avro Lancaster ED886 O for Orange at Bamford.
Setting Memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Last known location:
St John the Baptist's Church
Main Rd (A6013)
Nearest postcode:
S33 0AY

SK 20759 83375
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The memorial is on the south wall of the nave.
Overall type: Model.

Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible and the memorial is cared for.


A plastic kit model of an Avro Lancaster bomber painted in the markings of AJ-O for Orange, ED886, and adapted for 617 Sqn by having a bouncing bomb mounted in the modified bomb bay. The model was originally accompanied by two dedicatory captions, missing in April 2014.


Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Model Plastic 80 430 300 Fair
Stand Plastic c50 c80 c80 Fair
Caption x 2 Unknown - - - Missing
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Caption 1:
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Second World War
Action Attack on the Ruhr Dams
(Operation Chastise)
(16–17 May 1943)
Number died 0 0
Number served
and returned
1 1
Total names 1 1
Scale model of Lancaster Bomber AJ-O of 617 Sqdn, Scampton, Lincolnshire, serial no. ED886/G, piloted by Flight Sergeant W. C. Townsend, bomb doors modified to accept dambuster bomb which had to spin at 500 r.p.m. before dropping. When dropped, the bomb travelled through the water, hit the dam, rolled down to the base of the dam before exploding. This plane dropped its bomb on the Emmepe Dam at 3.37a.m. on 17th May 1943. AJ-O was supplied to 617 Sqdn on 23rd April 1943, eventually went missing, believed shot down over France on 10th December 1943 with a total of 139 flying hours.

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Caption 2:
This model of Lancaster O for Orange stands in the church over which she flew as a reminder of the terrible things men are forced to do in war. Please pray for the souls of the men who flew and died in her, the men who shot them down and those killed by her bombs. Pray also for the three million Jews who were murdered by the Nazi government and for all poor sinners. "Who are you to pass judgement on another's servant? Whether he stands or falls is his master's business" Romans XIV 4

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Custodian: Presumed to be the parochial church council.

Local authorities:
From WW2: Bamford Parish Council; Chapel en le Frith Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Bamford and Thornhill Parish Council; High Peak Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
17th April, 1951: The church lies within the Peak District National Park designated on that date.

21 April 1967: The church was listed Grade II*, Heritage List for England number 1087859.

Unknown date: The picture was given to the church.

9th April, 2014: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.
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