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Historic Aviation – Voices from the Past

Written by on March 22, 2021

Considering that over half of the Avro Lancaster bombers built were lost in combat over Europe during World War II, it was a rare occurrence to meet a surviving crew member immediately after the war, let alone chat with a veteran crew in modern times.

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has produced many excellent videos as host of the World’s only flying Lancaster in the Western hemisphere (1 of only 2 flying worldwide).  The following feature, produced by CWH, follows the story of Cliff, Alec, Derk and Arnold: four surviving crew members from the RCAF 433rd ‘Porcupine’ Squadron who recount their experiences over the hostile European skies.

With little to rely on apart from each other and the humble airframe known simply as ‘The Lanc”, their amazing story is told in their own words against a backdrop of photos and aerial video of ‘VeRA’ as it soars over the Southwestern Ontario coastline.


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