Lancaster Bomber Navigator

navThe above photo shows Flying Officer Philip Ingleby marking a map as he navigates for a Lancaster Bomber. This was taken in February of 1944, while Ingleby was stationed at RAF Coningsby, with 619 Squadron.

The picture depicts F/O Ingleby at his navigator’s desk, with the partition curtain used in the Lancaster so that the light used by the navigator did not disturb the pilot, or give away their position.

Later on in the year, August 1944, Flying Officer Ingleby was killed in a de Havilland Mosquito aircraft while on a training mission. As part of the famous 617 Squadron, the Mosquito had successfully completed three runs over the Wainfleet Sands bombing range and turned unto a steep, climbing turn. While the aircraft was in this manoeuvere, the starboard engine failed, sending the Mosquito out of control, before colliding with the ground.

Both the navigator, Flying Officer Ingleby, and the pilot, Flying Officer Warren Duffy, were killed, aged 23 and 21 respectively.


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