Photo Gallery: Final flyable Lancaster bombers reunited for flight over Norfolk skies

A Lancaster bomber during the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight performs a flypast over the Derwent Reservoir as part of a series of events to commemorate 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire A Lancaster bomber during the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight performs a flypast over the Derwent Reservoir as part of a series of events to commemorate 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
2:21 PM

A legend of the skies is to once again roar back into life.

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Where to see it

August 12-13 – Flight training with the BBMF Lancaster in Coningsby.

August 17 – Wyton, Ramsey and Peterbrough.

August 21 – Display-RAF Marham.

Flypast – Wattisham, Suffolk.

August 24 – Little Gransden Air and Car Show-Little Gransden. Flypast-Bourn, Cambridgeshire and Stamford, Elsham Woods, North Thoresby and Strubby.

August 25 – Maintenance at BBMF and limited guided tour-Coningsby.

September 2 – Flypast with Just Jane Lancaster-East Kirkby.

September 6 – Ludborough, North Coates and Kirmington.

September 7 – Ludford, Ludborough, Cleethorpes, Wickenby and East Kirkby.

September 22 – Canadian Lancaster flies back to Canada.

The Lancaster, the most famous RAF bomber of the Second World War, is touring across the country at various air shows and displays.

The tour will see the only two flyable Lancasters in the world meet up for the first time since the 1960’s, in what could also potentially be the last time.

During the tour, the pair will fly over RAF Marham for a special display on Thursday August 21.

RAF Marham Media and Communications Officer Allison Childerhouse said: “We have had the Battle of Britain Lancaster fly over several times, but this is the first time we will of had both fly over Marham.

“It’s going to be a huge and great spectacle to have.”

The Canadian Avro Lanchester made its way over from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum on August 4, to meet up with the one owned by the Royal Air Force’s renowned Battle of Britain Flight.

Over 7,000 bombers were created between 1941 and 1946, of those, 3,500 were lost in operations and 300 were wrecked in crashes.

The vast majority of Lancasters were scrapped when their services were no longer required after the war.

In total, 125,000 aircrew served in Bomber Command during the Second World War, over 73,000 were killed, injured or became prisoners of war.

Charles Stoke, 100, last year, got a ride on the restored Lincolnshire Lancaster.

Mr Stokes served in the ground crew based at Duxford in 1940 at the height of the Battle of Britain when the RAF was the only protection from a German invasion.

Mr Stokes said: “They were great machines, and were a huge threat to have in the Second World War.

“I really enjoyed my trip on the Lancaster last year, I am probably the oldest person they have ever put in there but it was a great to finally get into one.

“I am very excited to hear that the one in Canada has come over now as well.

“It has been a very long time to see more than one of them together and I hope that I can try get down to Marham on the day and see the two great machines.

“You never know when you will see a pair of them again because they might go the same way as others have and become unflyable.”

RAF Marham will see the Lancasters’ fly over on a private family and friends day where there will be several hours of stalls and festivities.

This will be to thank the families of service men and women in the RAF for their efforts and support over the last year.

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