Lancaster, Jo

Title

Lancaster, Jo
John Oliver Lancaster
J O Lancaster

Description

17 items. Two oral history interviews with John Oliver 'Jo' Lancaster DFC (1919 - 2019, 948392, 103509 Royal Air Force), photographs and six of his log books. Jo Lancaster completed 54 operations as a pilot with in Wellingtons with 40 Squadron, and after a period of instructing, in Lancasters with 12 Squadron from RAF Wickenby. He became test pilot after the war and was the first person to use a Martin-Baker ejection seat in an emergency.

The collection has been donated to the IBCC Digital Archive by Jo Lancaster and catalogued by Barry Hunter.


Date

2015-08-18
2017-03-08

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

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Identifier

Lancaster, JO

Collection Items

Five Airmen
Six airmen in the cockpit of Lancaster 'R'. Two are poking out of the roof, the pilot is in his seat, flanked by three others.
20 bombs are painted on for 20 operations.
In front of the cockpit the paintwork is marked.

Seven Airmen
Seven airmen standing underneath the front of Lancaster 'R'.

Six Airmen on a Lancaster
Six airmen sitting on Lancaster 'R'. The aircraft has 20 bomb symbols painted on it.

Pilot sitting on a Cookie
A bomb load waiting to be loaded onto Lancaster 'R'. A pilot is sitting on a 4000lb bomb. Incendiary device cannisters are on the trolley behind

Two Pilots and an Observer
Three airmen standing on an airfield. Two are pilots and one has an Observers brevet.

Five Airmen
Five men sitting on top of a fuel bowser. On the reverse '22 [circled] 3 prints 4 postcards
Cyril Bell
Tony Tine
Albert
Paddy Aherne
Lancaster'
There is a second copy.

Two Women
Two women standing hand in had. They are wearing smart dresses and carrying handbags.

Two Wellingtons in flight
An air-to-air photograph of two Wellingtons viewed from their port side, coded C-BL and R-BL, from 40 Squadron.

John Lancaster DFC
A summary of the aircraft that John has flown and a list of his flying awards.

Jo Lancaster’s pilots flying log book. One
Pilots flying log book for J O Lancaster covering the period from 6 July 1937 to 15 September 1943. Detailing his flying training, operations flown and instructor duties. He was stationed at RAF Sywell, RAF Anstey, RAF Desford, RAF Sealand, RAF…

Jo Lancaster’s pilots flying log book. Two
Pilots flying log book for J O Lancaster, covering the period from 17 September 1943 to 31 May1950. Detailing his duties as a flying instructor, Test pilot with Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment, Empire Test pilots School, discharged…

Jo Lancaster’s pilots flying log book. Three
Pilots flying log book for J O Lancaster covering the period from 1 June 1950 to 21 November 1951. Detailing his test pilot flying with Sir W G Armstorng-Whitworth aircraft Ltd based at Coventry. Aircraft flown were AW52, Meteor, Gemini, Proctor,…

Jo Lancaster’s pilots flying log book. Four
Pilots flying log book for J O Lancaster covering the period from 21 November 1951 to 19 November 1953. Detailing his test pilot flying with Sir W G Armstorng-Whitworth aircraft Ltd based at Coventry. Aircraft flown were, Meteor, Rapide, Proctor,…

Jo Lancaster’s pilots flying log book. Five
Pilots flying log book for J O Lancaster covering the period from 20 November 1953 to 31 August 1956. Detailing his test pilot flying with Sir W G Armstorng-Whitworth aircraft Ltd based at Coventry. Aircraft flown were, Meteor, Sea Hawk, Anson,…

Jo Lancaster’s pilots flying log book. Six
Pilots flying log book for J O Lancaster covering the period from 1 September 1956 to 31 August 1959. Detailing his test pilot flying with Sir W G Armstorng-Whitworth aircraft Ltd based at Coventry. Aircraft flown were Javelin, Meteor, Anson, Rapide,…

Interview with Jo Lancaster. Two
Jo Lancaster grew up in Cumbria and joined the Air Force as soon as he was able. After training as a pilot he flew a tour of operations with 40 Squadron from RAF Alconbury. He then became an instructor before his second tour flying Lancasters with 12…

Interview with Jo Lancaster. One
After leaving school, Jo Lancaster was an aircraft apprentice with Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Company in Coventry. After volunteering for the Air Force, he trained as a pilot and completed a tour on Wellingtons with 40 Squadron from RAF Alconbury.…
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