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Poppy commemoration in Newark Air Museum’s ‘Lancaster Corner’


An expanded commemoration has been reintroduced to the display area known as Lancaster Corner at Newark Air Museum.

The evocative ‘Weeping Lancaster’ stream of poppies has been re-laid on to the floor of the Lancaster fuselage section from IX(B) Squadron Lancaster W4964 WS-J  that was donated to Newark in 1974. This year’s commemoration comprises of more than one thousand poppies that have been reclaimed from wreaths laid in the Memorial Garden at the museum during recent years. These complement the recently added air gunner figure and will form a tribute to the aircrew that trained at RAF Winthorpe during World War Two.

The inspiration for this commemoration came from the various poppy displays around the country; and as on the previous occasion they were installed in the Lancaster fuselage section by Nigel and Jude Bean.

Lancaster W4964 flew 106 ‘ops’ – its 100th was a ‘Tallboy Mission’ on the Tirpitz battleship in Alten Fjord, Norway. W4964 carried the nose art of the ‘Johnnie Walker’ whiskey company and the exhibit still wears its original wartime paintwork. Its ends had been boarded up and it had been used as a garden shed before being donated to the museum in 1974.


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