Rolls-Royce Merlin Engine

W/O A W NolanR.A.A.F
Sgt E H Charlton
F/Sgt K B Milton
F/O E G Blake R.N.Z.A.F
Sgt C J Boreham
Sgt R D Crook
Sgt P Higgins

This Merlin along with the Tail wheel and other parts were recovered from the crash site by Ailes Anciennes, (who are  based at Le Bourget Airport Nr Paris), to help with the restoration of  Lancaster NX664. It has been generously donated to Jeremy Hall to add to his Bomber Command Memorial exhibition.

Lancaster EE185 was one of 620 Lancaster’s ordered from A V Roe (Chadderton) in 1941 and built between November 1942 and June 1943 (129 Mk I and 491 Mk III) The First Recorded operation was on the night of 12th June 1943, it failed to return from its 51st Mission on 3rd May 1944. The Aircraft was shot down By Hampt Martin Drewes of III/ NJG1 at 0118 near Neron (Eure–et–Loir) 18 Kms S.E Dreux France. All of the crew were killed and are buried together in Dreux Communial Cemetery Eure-et-Loir which is 3o miles South West of Paris. 20 miles north of Chartres.

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