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Living Lancs – a survivors guide

Photo: Lancaster 'S-for-Sugar' at Hendon


A list of Avro Lancaster survivors around the world

A total of 17 largely complete Lancasters are currently extant. Of these, only two are airworthy – the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s B.I PA474 Thumper III and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s B.X FM213, which usually flies in the markings of KB726. A third Lanc, the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre’s B.VII Just Jane, is being restored to fly at East Kirkby, Lincs.

  • PA474 I Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Coningsby, Lincs (airworthy – marked as Thumper II).
  • R5868 I RAF Museum, Hendon, London.
  • W4783 I Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.
  • FM104 X British Columbia Aviation Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (under restoration).
  • FM136 X Aero Space Museum, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (marked as Lady Orchid).
  • FM159 X Bomber Command Museum of Canada, Nanton, Alberta, Canada (taxiable).
  • FM212 X Windsor International Airport, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • FM213 X Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (airworthy).
  • KB839 X Greenwood Military Aviation Museum, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • KB882 X Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada (to be moved to Alberta Aviation Museum in 2016).
  • KB889 X Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambs.
  • KB944 X Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Winnie).
  • KB976 X Fantasy of Flight Museum, Polk City, Florida, US (stored).
  • NX611 VII Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby, Lincs (taxiable – marked as Just Jane).
  • NX622 VII RAAF Aviation Heritage Museum, Bull Creek, Perth, Australia (Digger).
  • ‘NE181’ VII Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland, New Zealand (really NX665, marked as ‘JN-M’, The Captain’s Fancy).
  • WU-21 VII Musée de l’Air, Le Bourget, Paris, France (restoration off site).

Nose sections

  • DV372 I Imperial War Museum, Lambeth, London (Old Fred).
  • TW911 I Flying Heritage Collection, Everett, Washington, US
  • KB848 X Canada Aviation Museum, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Other Lancaster sections are in storage or on display around the world, including the reconstructed nose section of B.X KB976 at Scampton, Lincs (see News, November 2014 issue).

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