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Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by David Layne, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    It is not a Lancaster but it is from the same brood.The engine cowing has a Shack engine look about it. I think the photograph could be of Lancastrian C.2,Serial Number VM 704 which was a test bed for the Shackleton R R Griffon engine development.The test engine is shown as a single prop Griffon although the production Shackleton....the Growler as it was nicknamed entered service with contra rotating props.

    The photograph would date from the summer of 1947 when Rolls Royce used this Lancastrian for Griffon engine development for the anticipated Shackleton which was planned as a M.R version as a development from the Lincoln B11.

    The Griffon 4 engined contra rotating prop Shackleton entered squadron service in April 1951.
  2. Loyer

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    The 4th photo was taken in 1944 or 1945 at Middleton - st George. John Volkes (my father-in-law) was back in Canada in 1945. Plane must have been in MSG on or about that time frame but definitely no later than 1945.
  3. Harry Ree

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    Thanks for the note Loyer which has got me to delve further....misleading post by me.

    Looking at No 419 Squadron aircraft types at Middleton.The squadron operated the Halifax Mark 11 from November 1942 until March 1944 when it converted to the Canadian built Lancaster Mark X. The squadron left for Canada June 1945.

    No 428 Squadron,the other resident squadron at Middleton was equipped with the same types, converting to the Halifax 11 in November 1943 and the Lancaster X in June 1944.

    However,I cannot find a Lancaster X with an engine similar to the one in the photograph but coming across DS 729 of No 408 Squadron, ground looped at Linton after flak damage.The engine looks to be the same type.....a radial engine...Hercules Mark XV1 and the Mark..... Mark 11.

    There was only 300 Lancaster Mark 11s manufactured....equipping 6 squadrons,3 were Canadian.

    Perhaps the photographed aircraft was a diverted Canadian Lancaster Mark 11 which landed at Middleton....pity that the photograph was not officially captioned.
  4. Harry Ree

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  5. canuck

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    Not easy to see but the cockpit looks more like a Halifax to me. Could it simply be a variation of the standard Hercules engine cowling?
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  7. Harry Ree

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    As an aside, the Ruhr target destination started on the night of 15/16 May 1940 when WSC, after the substantial Battle losses at Sedan,decided to take off the gloves and give the RAF permission to raid the industrial heartland of the Ruhr valley.

    16 targets were identified and bombed along with communication centres in Belgium by 111 aircraft, composed of Wellingtons,Hampdens and Whitleys....first time a raid consisting of over 100 aircraft were dispatched.

    Recognised as the start of what would referred to as the Strategic Bombing Offensive against Germany....but it would have to wait two years before the Ruhr was hammered by the RAF with increasing numbers of Lancasters.....1942 onwards, the turning point in the air offense against the German war economy.

    The Ruhr Express and the Phantom of the Ruhr reflect the many aircraft and crews who took the battle to the industrial heart of Germany.
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  8. canuck

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    Photo below was taken at Victory Aircraft, in Malton Ontario. The occasion was the completion of the 100th Lancaster MkX built by Victory Aircraft.


    This aircraft was lost on Jan. 14th 1945, flying from Middleton St. George with 419 Sq near Leuna, Germany.

    A. Weston Crew of 419 Squadron standing in front of Lancaster X KB-799 coded VR-W.
    This photo is believed to be taken after completing their final op on November 21/22, 1944.

    Pictures are L to R: F/Sgt R.F. Clarke, W/Op; W/O1 K.F. McCallum, Air gunner; F/O J.H. Mackay, Bomb aimer; P/O A.C. Weston, Pilot;
    F/O J.H. McKellar, Nav; F/Sgt W.H. Murrell, Air gunner; and Sgt S.A. Musto, Flight engineer.
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    Victory Aircraft

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  12. The Cooler King

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    RAF Hendon - Lancaster Mk 1 - R5868 RAF Hendon Lancaster.jpg
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  14. AnnParry

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    My father William (Bill) Parry of IX Squadron. He’s also in another photo in this thread of Zola.

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  15. canuck

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    Former Toronto Avro Lancaster FM 104 on a flatbed heading to Vancouver Island with the wings on another truck behind (Sept. 29, 2018). The Canadian-built Lancaster will be received by the British Columbia Aviation Museum in Sidney, B.C. where it will be restored.


    In July, 2018, Toronto City Council announced their decision regarding the fate of Avro Lancaster B Mk.10 FM104. The City voted to transfer the aircraft to the British Columbia Aviation Museum near Victoria on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. This aircraft was on display atop a waterfront pedestal beside Lake Ontario in Toronto for several decades until its rescue by the sadly moribund Canadian Air & Space Museum in 1999. CASM had been moving slowly with the Lancaster’s restoration until they were forcibly evicted in 2012.

    The City of Toronto still owned the Lancaster, and given that the aircraft was in disassembled storage outdoors, a decision had to come soon regarding its future. In selecting the British Columbia Aviation Museum, the City Council have definitely found a place where the Lancaster will be loved and well cared for.

    The British Columbia Aviation Museum announced,
    "The Avro Lancaster is an iconic aircraft with a distinguished record in war, where it was a major contributor to the Strategic Bombing Offensive in World War II, and in peace, where it served for many years on both coasts in reconnaissance and search and rescue missions,” said John Lewis, President of the BC Aviation Museum. "

    Restoration will start immediately. The long-term goal of the museum is to restore the aircraft to flying condition in partnership with Victoria Air Maintenance, the internationally known firm of vintage aircraft restorers which is located near the museum.

    Restoration of Toronto’s plane to static condition for museum display would cost an estimated $20 million.The museum plans to crowdfund the project.
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  16. canuck

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    Lancaster Mk. X bomber FM104 is seen here in RCAF search & rescue service in 1961.


    Avro Lancaster Mk X FM 104 was built by the crown corporation Victory Aircraft Limited at Malton, Ontario (now part of Toronto) in 1944. In January of 1945 it was sent over to England but was kept as a reserve and was never active with any squadron before May when the war in Europe ended.

    By June of 1945 it was back in Canada in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia as part of the buildup of 408 and 428 (Canadian) squadrons RAF to be part of Canada’s “Tiger Force” for the continuing war against Japan in the Pacific. But the war with Japan ended in July before the squadrons saw any service and FM104 was never officially taken on strength (it was never issued a squadron code).

    FM 104 was officially handed over to the RCAF by the Mutual Aid Board on August 13, 1945. It was originally slated to be put in storage but that order was changed and by November 1945 it was converted to a Search and Rescue configuration (Lancaster Mark10 SR) and posted to No. 10 Rescue Unit.

    Article written by Glen Beauchamp
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    Phantom of the Ruhr’ EE139 who flew with 100 and 550 Squadron between May 1943 and November 1944. EE139 was one of only 35 of the 7,377 Lancasters built that reached a total of 100+ operations. Sadly in hindsight, after 121 ops completed EE139 was scrapped in February 1946.

  19. von Poop

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    LL735, Jet engine test bed, apparently.

    LancasterMetrovickF2Testbed02.jpg IMG_20181115_072720.jpg
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