Surviving Lancaster: FM212

 

Last Updated: July 2008

Serial No:        FM212              Mark:    X        Known Op's:  0

Current Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Current Status:     Under Restoration – possible future engine runs

Nickname:              None Traced

Service History:

Retained in CDN, Sotored at unspecified location, Taken on Strength by RCAF 21-8-46, Stored at unspecifified location, Mod. Mk.10P prototype aircraft del'd 4-48, 9(T) Group, 418 Sqn, RCAF VC-APA, 408(P) Sqn, RCAF MN-212 Photo Survey at Riockcliffe, Ontario, Returned to storage At Dunnville, Ontario del'd 11-3-64, Sold to the city of Windsor for $1250 for a memorial, Dismantled and brought across Lake Erie to Windsor, Ontario by barge, Re-assembled in Dieppe Park until placed on a plinth in Jackson Park. Dedicated as a centre piece in a memorial garden on 4-7-65, volunteers replaced the cockpit canopy in 1995 and painted the entire aircraft in 1997, Canadian Historical Aviation Assoc. (CHAA) of Windsor, Ontario given care of the aircraft.

Comments:

 

8/45: first flown by test pilot Mr. Don Rogers

 

4/48: first lancaster to be converted to Mk.10P standard

 

9/10/64: by the time the a/c was Struck of Strength it had accumulated 8100 flying hours

 

1995: volunteers replaced the cockpit canopy

 

1997: volunteers re-painted the entire aircraft

 

2005: The a/c is removed from is pedestal and transported to the Windsor Airport, where the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association plans to restored the Lancaster to engine running condition for Windsor Air Show. Plans are also in progress to build a hanger to house the Lancaster

 

Production Data:

Part of the second production batch of 130 aircraft (from an order of 200) built by Victory Aircraft Limited, Malton, Ontario, Canada. FM100-FM229, (aircraft built 'after' KB-Serial batch). Packard built Rolls-Royce Merlin 28, 38 or 224 engines. Majority of aircraft shipped to Britain between 3-45 and 5-45, some of which served with RCAF Squadrons in Britain and most flown back to Canada in 8-45. Victory Aircraft Construction Number 3413