Tag: Avro Lancaster

CWHM Lancaster to display temporary “Lady Orchid” colours this summer

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has announced on its Facebook page that its Lancaster FM213 will be painted and flown in the temporary markings of Lady Orchid, Lancaster KB895, WL-O. The usual VR-A markings will remain on the starboard side. “Lady Orchid was Lancaster KB895, a wartime veteran of 434 RCAF Squadron with 35 operations, …

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Last “Dambusters” pilot Les Munro passes away

Squadron Leader John Leslie “Les” Munro, CNZM, DSO, QSO, DFC, JP, the last surviving pilot of the “Dambuster raid”, passed away on 4 August 2015 in New Zealand, aged 96. Munro was born in 1919 and joined the RNZAF in 1941. He made a first tour of operations with No 97 Squadron flying the Manchester …

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In-flight fire for BBMF Avro Lancaster

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Avro Lancaster suffered an in-flight fire on its #4 engine during a training flight on May 7. The crew managed to land the aircraft safely at RAF Coningsby. The extent of the damage suffered by the aircraft is unknown but it will not be able to participate in the …

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Lancaster “Just Jane” could fly soon

Lancaster NX611 “Just Jane” could fly soon according to this BBC article. The four-engined bomber is currently only able to taxi and is regularly displayed to the public at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre. A fourth Merlin engine has been obtained for “Just Jane”, which was needed to make her fly again. The bomber belongs …

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Warrant Officer Tom McLean DFC, DFM †

The legendary aerial gunner Thomas Joseph McLean died on July 20, aged 89. He is arguably the highest-scoring gunner, his DFC citation crediting him with seven confirmed kills as well as two probables. Postwar research indicated the two probables were actually destroyed, giving him a total of nine aerial kills, but McLean always limited his …

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Air Commodore Peter Cribb

Air Commodore Peter Cribb, who has died aged 92, was one of the most successful and gallant master bombers of the Pathfinder Force; he flew more than 100 wartime operations, including one when he made an unauthorised raid on Hitler’s retreat at Berchtesgaden. Read the obituary on the Telegraph.

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