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Greenwood Military Aviation Museum volunteers at work on their latest project, the refurbishment of a WWII-era Lancaster bomber. Submitted

Volunteeers at the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum (GMAM) have started a major refurbishment on a World War II-era Lancaster Mk X aircraft.


In keeping with the museum’s mandate to honour the history of Greenwood’s squadrons, and accurately portray a Lanc flown by 405 Squadron in the war, some major reconstruction has to be made.


Firstly, the nose has to be shortened by 40 inches to its original configuration. Post-WW II, the Lanc was used in many different roles, one being the continued mapping of Canada by aerial photography – necessitating a longer nose to house up to 10 cameras. Only three Lancs were converted with the elongated nose.


Secondly, the rear gun turret will be repaired and a new mid-upper gun turret from the U.K. will be reinstalled. To complete the entire package, the camouflage color scheme used during the war years will be applied.


These changes will replicate the Canadian-made Lancaster KB-700 bomber, “The Ruhr Express,” flown by 405 Squadron in Europe. It was manufactured by Victory Aircraft Ltd. of Malton, Ontario in 1943 - the first of 430 Lancaster bombers built in Canada.



- Submitted by the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum

Organizations: Greenwood Military Aviation Museum, Ruhr Express, Victory Aircraft Ltd. of Malton

Geographic location: Canada, Lancaster, Lancs U.K. Europe

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