207 SQUADRON ROYAL AIR FORCE HISTORY
AVRO LANCASTER FAMILY OF AIRCRAFT
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Avro Lancaster Heavy Bomber
From Canadian Aces website - the crew pictures are in fact John McIntosh's 207 Squadron crew at Langar, from Garbett & Goulding's Lancaster at War.
Nanton Lancaster Society
Home of Lancaster FM159: includes a list compiled by Larry Wright of the World's Surviving Lancasters.
Avro Shackleton's Page - Coastal Command - Maritime Reconnaisance - Royal Air Force 1951-91.
IWM/RAF Museum Lancasters
Martin Waligorski's pictures (courtesy of IPMS) were taken for the benefit of modellers. They show excellent, detailed views of the nose section of PO-F in the IWM and of PO-S at Hendon. Almost a tour of the aircraft and the nearest many will get to one.
courtesy Phillip Treweek
Memorial Lancaster - Auckland, New Zealand
The aircraft illustrated in glorious detail on this website was built as a Lancaster VII. Built by Austin Motors in 1945 as NX665, this aircraft did not see wartime service, but was later passed to the French (one of 54) to support the Western Union (the fledgling NATO). Somewhat modified, the aircraft operated from Morocco, Vietnam, and New Caledonia. Based in Noumea from the late 1950s as WU-13, it carried out air-sea rescue, surveillance flights, and other duties around the Pacific.
Donated to the people of New Zealand, it flew into Auckland in April, 1964. The aircraft is displayed at MoTaT where it has been steadily restored by members of the Bomber Command Association (NZ). The intention has been to closely recreate the appearance of a Lancaster Mark III of Bomber Command of circa September 1944, both inside and out (including the addition of appropriate radar, and a mid-upper turret).
Another virtual tour! Mind the main spar as you clamber through ..
Historic Wings - Lancaster
The Lancaster - Into Combat - The Mission - Night Wars - Battle of Berlin - Dam Busters - Web Links - Book Links.
The parent Historic Wings website is also worth a visit
Lancaster NX664 (WU21)
Restoration by the Le Bourget, Paris group of Ailes Anciennes. This well illustrated account - in French or English - chronicles how this aircraft was rescued from dereliction after a forced landing accident on a Pacific Island and brought back to France. The painstaking restoration continues.
The story of the construction of the Pilot's, Navigator's and Wireless Operator's section of an Avro Lancaster Bomber of WWII.
The Lancaster bomber was one of the most famous bombers of World War 2 its bomb load exceeding that of any other aircraft in full-scale production at the time. Only two examples are flying at the present time although there are several static examples in existence.
The enormous cost of owning and maintaining such an aircraft is beyond the resources of virtually any individual even if an aircraft existed. However by collecting original instruments, gauges, radio equipment etc. and constructing the fuselage section together with the larger mechanical items yourself, it is possible to at least sit in your own Lancaster cockpit and to operate the Navigation/Radio equipment.
This is the fascinating story of such a construction, by Norman Groom, which is now virtually complete and on display at Pitstone Green Museum which is situated just off the B489 which runs from Aston Clinton to Dunstable on the Bedfordshire/ Buckinghamshire borders.
links last checked 20 Dec 13: if any need updating please contact the editor