The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster Over Southport, Lancashire during 2013. Gredit David Billinge
The Avro Lancaster is the most famous RAF bomber of World War II designed by Roy Chadwick, the prototype Lancaster took to the air for its first flight from Woodford, Manchester, on 9th January 1941 and in total Avros produced 7,377 Lancasters between 1941 and 1946. Some 3,500 were lost on operations and another 200 or so were lost in crashes.
To day there are two airworthy Lancasters PA 474 which is flown by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight here in the UK from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and a second belonging to Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) KB726 which will be flown across the Atlantic this August to participate in several events and activities.
The Canadian Lancaster will depart from Hamilton, Ontario on August 4th with plans to arrive in England on August 8th flying across the Atlantic via Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada, Narsarsuaq, Greenland, and Keflavik, Iceland, prior to arriving in the UK.
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum President and CEO, Sqn Ldr (Ret.) David G. Rohrer C.D. has said that it is a “Once in a Lanc Time” event as it will not happen again. The two Lancasters will fly together as tribute to all those who served in Bomber Command during the Second World war from Canada, Britain, and the entire Commonwealth,