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UK Museum Bound
#1238785 Wed Oct 11 2017 04:03 AM
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Started going through my wife's fathers Royal Air Force documentation. He flew the Lancaster and was shot down in June 1944 about 6 months before my wife was born. He flew with the no. 57 Squadron in East Kirkby England and there is a museum there with an operating Lancaster which will be flying hopefully soon. I have made arrangements for the museum to take his log books, wings, medals, training records as well as the letters and telegrams from the Air Ministry advising his wife of him MIA and finally recovering his body which was buried in France. There are numerous letters (all censored) to his wife plus photos of their wedding and friends from the RAF. He flew some interesting planes during his training including medium bombers before ending up on the Lancaster. It was all very emotional reading and again I felt for my poor wife who had no father until her mum remarried when my late wife was 8. Interestingly her father was 21 when he was shot down. Too young to drive a car but old enough to fly a heavy bomber.


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Re: UK Museum Bound
Sedgewick #1238795 Wed Oct 11 2017 05:10 AM
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interesting bit of family history, thanks for sharing.


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Sedgewick #1238800 Wed Oct 11 2017 09:26 AM
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That is great that you are donating the entire package to the museum. I am sure they will be grateful to have the entire story.

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It is good that you're conserving her family history for others to enjoy before it might be lost after your passing.


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Re: UK Museum Bound
Sedgewick #1238851 Wed Oct 11 2017 05:59 PM
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Very interesting. Wish I had my dad's papers and medals. He was a top gunner on a Lancaster during WWII.. He lied about his age and joined the RCAF when he was 16. As far as I know there's only two operational Lancaster's, the one in England, and the one by Hamilton Ont. Canada. The one in Hamilton I went and visited, they even let me get inside. Very interesting.


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Re: UK Museum Bound
Sedgewick #1238921 Thu Oct 12 2017 04:12 AM
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Brian - They are hoping to have the third Lancaster flying soon at East Kirkby. It is taxiing. It is being restored by two old gentlemen in memory of their brother who was air crew.


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Sedge, 2 years ago we were in a town called Moreton-in-Marsh. I followed a sign to the Lancaster Museum in that town only to find that it had closed a month before. A guy in a cafe told me it had been a private museum that had contained a bunch of artifacts and a tail section of a Lanc. The family that owned it donated it I'm guessing it headed to East Kirkby. He said they had to lift it over the house with a crane, and it was escorted on a flatbed by every vintage car and truck in the area.

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Sedgewick #1239332 Sun Oct 15 2017 06:27 AM
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There are quite a few small aircraft museums in Britain. A lot are private as you mention. I have been to a few that only have a cockpit or a tail section but lots of models and original pieces of aircraft. The Brits love their aviation history. As my wife's father's Lancaster was shot down there was/is a society that helped the widow and children financially.

I won't be going over personally but will probably use FedEx or some other means to ship the items over. Having said that I may one day take my wife's ashes and have them interred in the small churchyard where her mom and stepfather are. Before I do that I want to make certain that they will allow mine as well, not being British.


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Re: UK Museum Bound
Sedgewick #1239747 Wed Oct 18 2017 07:34 AM
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Sedgewick,my father also flew in Lancasters but was thankfully spared the horrors of Europe,he was stationed in Singapore and was part of the then fledgling Air Sea Rescue Service,he also crewed in disarmed MTB's which were used as fast response rescue boats.

My wife has done some research and we've discovered some newspaper coverage of an amazing rescue he was involving a Short Stirling flying boat that had ditched back in the day.
I'm immensely proud.
Sadly much of my Fathers personal effects have been lost over the years,I just wish i'd paid more attention when he was still alive.

As you say 'we Brits' are very proud of our aviation history because as you're no doubt aware the RAF and our allies like your wifes father played such an important part in our defence during WW2.

I hope your wishes regarding your late wifes ashes are granted and as you mention you can join her when your time comes,given our close relationship with Canada i'd be very surprised if you were prevented.
Good luck.

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Sedgewick #1239750 Wed Oct 18 2017 11:14 AM
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When I was in England a few years back they had an air tatoo with planes from all over the world but the air base where I staid was closed soon after. Now it is held at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. It is the largest in the world, held the 3rd weekend in July. It is called RAIT.


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