For those interested in finding out more please see a selection of links below:
Where can I see a Lancaster bomber?
In the UK:
Avro Lancaster 1 – on display at the RAF Hendon museum
There is only one airworthy Lancaster in the UK which is operated by the Battle of Britain Memorial flight.
Interestingly this Lancaster was used at Cranfield University’s School of Aeronautics where Jim worked at the University’s School of Management. It was used as a test bed and I remember, as a child interested in aviation, being taken into the hanger to see it. Its history is described here.
Excitingly, there is also a Lancaster undergoing an extensive restoration at Lincolnshire Heritage Aviation Centre in order to bring it back to airworthy condition. You can find out more here, and also donate or even arrange a tour or taxi ride in it. You can also donate to help with this project here.
The only other airworthy Lancaster in the world, an Avro Lancaster Mk. X, is at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Hamilton. Incidentally, if you are feeling particularly wealthy you can purchase a flight in this Lancaster.
XV Squadron, motto “Aim Sure”, was last based at Lossiemouth, although the squadron, with the end of the Tornado era, was disbanded in 2017.
XV Squadron Association
There was a XV Squadron Association and website for all those who have served in the squadron, but the website is no longer active.
The Mildenhall Register
The Mildenhall Register is the association for 15, 90, 149, 218 & 622 Bomber Squadrons, so this is more specific for the WWII era. There is a wealth of information at this website.
The International Bomber Command Centre
The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) offers a place for remembering all those who took part in the campaign.
Like many airmen, Jim trained in Canada at Winnipeg Manitoba.
Other Interesting Sites
For anyone interested in parts and instruments, especially those associated with the Lancaster, please see: www.raf-surplus.co.uk