Surviving Lancaster: FM213

 

Last Updated: July 2008

Serial No:          FM213              Mark:    X              Known Op's:  0

Current Location: Mt. Hope, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Current Status:     Restored to Flying Condition

Nickname:              None Traced

Service History:

Retained in CDN, Stored at unspecified location, Taken on Strength of RCAF 21-8-45, Stored at Trenton, Onatrio (1945-50), DeHavilland Canada converted to Mk.10MR, 405(MR) Sqn. RCAF VC-AGJ, 107 Rescue Unit VC-AGS, CX-213 (8-59 to 8-61), Returned to storage at Dunnville, Ontario, SOC 6-30-1964. Rold to Royal Canadian Legion in Goderich, Ontario for $1200. Displayed on pedestal as VR-A, from 14-6-4 to 1979. Sold to Canadian Warplane Heritage, Mount Hope, Ontario, in 1977.

Registered as C-GVRA, Sept. 1, 1988. Airlifted by helicopter to Hamilton, Nov. 5, 1979. Restored to airworthy - First flight Sept. 11, 1988 as KB726/VR-A.

Comments:

 

15/1/52: suffered heavy landing repaired with parts from KB895 (centre section?)

 

10/10/54: an incident occurred under the command of F/O J.K. Vincer, where the aircraft was to drop plasma to ship at night; although the plasma was not recovered the parachute & marine marker hit the deck of the ship; an extraordinary feat. The next day another drop was successful in that the plasma was recovered from the sea by lifeboat.

 

1977: Ownership transferred to Canadian Warplane Heritage, Mount Hope, Ontario

 

5/11/79: aircraft removed from pedestal and taken apart to allow for transport to Mount Hope, Ontario. Fuselage and inner wing stubs transported by 450 (Hel) Squadron to Hamilton International Airport. Except for minor restoration work between 79-83 no major work was performed on the aircraft

 

1983: major job of making it airworthy begins.

 

11/9/88: first flown in wartime colours and marked as KB726 as a memorial to P/O A. Mynarski, RCAF, VC. Since that time has made numerous appearances at airports across Canada & North America and is the only airworthy Lancaster on this side of the Atlantic.

 

15/2/93: Minor damage in hanger fire, Mount Hope, Ontario Feb. 15, 1993 - repaired

 

21/7/02: Damaged in ground collision with Canadian Warplane Heritage C-47 sustaining propeller damage, repaired and returned to air by 8-02

 

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 3414