In this episode Angus talks to Andrew Panton of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage centre. Andrew is lucky enough to be one of the pilots for their Lancaster Bomber “Just Jane”.
The Lancaster is arguably, one of the most well known planes designed and built in Britain during the Second World War.
When it went into production it quickly became the mainstay of Bomber Command, with 7,377 being made, of which 3,249 would be lost.
125,000 aircrew served with bomber command, and 55,573 would be killed. Thats a 44% kill rate, higher than any other service during the war. A large proportion of which, would have been in Lancaster’s.
This is perhaps one reason why the Lancaster is close to people’s hearts.
For more information on NX611 “Just Jane” and to book a taxi ride in her have a look at the Lincolnshire Aviation website lincsaviation.co.uk.
“The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre is a family run museum and was set up over 20 years ago. It is now widely seen as a living memorial to the 55,500 men of Bomber Command who lost their lives during WW2. It holds one of the rarest aircraft, an Avro Lancaster Bomber”