She’s on her way

Canadian Lanc
Photo: Derek Mickeloff

Slowly and sedately, as befits its mature years, the Canadian “Mynarski” Lancaster, VR-A, is making its way to Britain. It left its home base in Hamilton, Ontario, on Tuesday, a day later than intended after some engine problems. But after a night on the far edge of Canada, in Goose Bay, Labrador, it has skipped past Greenland and landed in Iceland. It is expected to arrive at RAF Coningsby, the home of the BBMF and its Lancaster, at 1.30pm on Friday. Over 100 Bomber Command Veterans are expected to be in attendance as special guests for the arrival.
The Lancaster belongs to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and is a Mk X model built in July 1945. It is dedicated to the memory of Plt Off Andrew Mynarski and is referred to as the “Mynarski Memorial Lancaster”. It is painted in the colours of his aircraft KB726, coded VR-A, which flew with RCAF No. 419 (Moose) Squadron. Andrew Mynarski won the Victoria Cross on 13 June 1944, when his Lancaster was shot down in flames, by a German night fighter. As the bomber fell, he attempted to free the tail gunner trapped in the rear turret of the blazing and out of control aircraft. The tail gunner miraculously survived the crash and lived to tell the story, but sadly Andrew Mynarski died from his severe burns.
Shortly after arriving, the Lancaster will undergo a scheduled maintenance inspection and then the Canadian crews will complete a short training programme with the BBMF. The two Lancasters will participate in several air displays together starting on 14 August.
VR-A will leave the UK on 22 September.
The full schedule can be found here.

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6 thoughts on “She’s on her way

  1. Daryl G. Morrissey August 7, 2014 / 11:59 am

    It would be nice to get to see TWO Lancaster Bombers in the sky at the same time. I may to jiggle my schedule.

  2. Susan Paxton August 8, 2014 / 1:54 pm

    And she’s arrived safety at Coningsby!

    • Denise Dawson August 10, 2014 / 11:13 pm

      Thank you Dori.

  3. Barbara Hodgkinson August 12, 2014 / 11:38 pm

    Dear Sir, I have tried several times unsuccessfully tonight to download the full schedule page for the most welcome Canadian Lancaster. Can you help me solve my problem? Many thanks, Barbara Hodgkinson PS I run a small guest house in Woodhall Spa and wished to share the information that you so kindly offer with some guests who are hoping to visit the Museum at Coningsby today.

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