Avro Lancaster (11 images)

Started Jul 7, 2012 | Discussions thread
photosbygar
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Re: Avro Lancaster (11 images)
In reply to MightyMike, Jul 26, 2012

Excellent shots. I have seen this Lanc here in Calgary a couple of years ago. Very impressive noise. My photos are on my flickr site, but not as fine as yours. Site here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/photosbygar/sets/72157624545095855/

Re Canadian built Lancs being in combat in Europe - they most definitely were. My Dad, who flew with 419 Squadron out of Yorkshire, and who knew Mynaski and Brophy (Brophy survived when Mynarski died) was part of the crew (Wireless Operator) flying the first Canadian built Lanc to shoot down an enemy aircraft. The plane was KB-732, squaudron letters VR-X and ulimately flew more missions than any other Canadian built Lanc. Happened just before D-Day, over France, the aircraft shot down was a JU-88.

South of Calgary is the Nanton Lancaster Museum with a Lancaster that they are rebuilding. It will never fly, but they fire up the Merlins on special occasions and it is deafening to be close! Actually, my Dad, now 91, still gets a disability pension for loss of hearing from being in these beasts. The Nanton Museum is a great place to visit if ever in Calgary - it is about 45 minutes south. Their website is here, if you are interested:

http://www.bombercommandmuseum.ca/

Under the tab for KB-732 is the story of shooting down the JU-88 and a photo of my Dad's pilot , mid-upper gunner (my Dad's best man at his wedding) and the rear gunner. My Dad's name is not mentioned, but I am sending a copy of his log book to the museum to have his little bit of history recorded.

Garth

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