Surviving Lancaster: DV372

 

Last Updated: July 2008

Serial No:            DV372                Mark:  I                      Known Op's:  6

Current Location: Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London, England.

Current Status:     Static Display – Cockpit Only

Nickname:            Old Fred

Service History:

 

467 Sqn, RAAF del'd 11-43 PO-F, 1651 HCU del'd 11-44, SOC: 04 October 1945

 

Comments:

 

Unknown date: The aircraft was severely damaged in accident, possibly due to a low flying where the pilot realized he was to low while flying over water, turned to starboard to climb. As he did so the outer prop and wingtip struck the water, bending the prop over the wing. The pilot fortunately prevented the aircraft from cart wheeling into the water and returned to base. After repair the aircraft remained with the squadron until being transferred to 1651 CU, where the aircraft appears to have again been involved in another flight accident which resulted in the aircraft being struck off charge and scrapped.

 

05/58: Fuselage noted in Vendair hanger, Croydon

 

1958: The cockpit section is no on permanent display at the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London, England.

 

Production Data:

 

Part of the third production batch of 200 aircraft ordered from Metropolitan-VIckers Ltd., Trafford Park, Manchester, under Contract No. B69275/40 and covered by Works Order No. GO.122195. DV155-DV202, DV217-DV247, DV263-DV312, DV324-DV345 and DV359-DV407, (91 Mk.Is, annotated; remainder Mk.III's). Deliveries commenced 5/43; completed 11-43 (average rate of production, approximately 8 aircraft per week). 2 aircraft converted to Lancaster Mk.VI after leaving Manufacturers