Serial No:              KB882                  Mark:    X        Known Op's:  19

Current Location: Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada

Current Status:     Static Display - Outside

Nickname:              None Traced

Service History:

Built 12-44, To UK 24-2-45, 434 Sqn, RCAF WL-?, 428 Sqn, RCAF del'd 3-45 NA-R, Returned CDN 2-6-45, Mod. Mk.10 MR, 407(MR) Sqn, RCAF del'd 10-52 RX882 at Comox, Avro Canada for Mod. Mk.10P, 408(P) Sqn, RCAF MN-882 at Rockcliffe, Stored Trenton, Ontario, Purchased by City of Edmundston, NB as memorial

Comments:

 

a/c is reported to have completed 19 operational sorties

 

Possible nose art: Rabbit Stew - see KB903 as this aircraft may also have carried this nose art

 

Return To Canada: 6-6-45 - St. Mawgans to Lagens, Azores - 8 hrs, 42 min; 6-9-45 - Lagens to Gander, Newfoundland - 8 hrs 46 min; 10-6-45 - Gander to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia - 3 hrs 17 min

 

Modification to Mk.,10P inlcuded 40 inch extension to the nose section to accommodate the AN/APS-42 navigation/weather radar, a can containing the UPD-501 passive intercept radar in the rear fuselage, an extensive array of antennas for radio. The bomb bay was fitted with two long-range fuel tanks and a pannier for baggage and spares.

 

One of a series of Mk10P Lancasters credited with photographing the vast majority of the Canadian high Arctic in the late 1940's and 1950's.

 

Lancaster KB882 was honourably retired at Dunnville, Ontario. On May 1st, 1964, the Crown Assets Disposal Corporation accepted a monetary offer from the City of Edmundston, NB for the purchase of the aircraft. Shortly after it was flown from DND 6 Repair Depot, Trenton, Ontario to Fredericton, N.B. where it waited for the Edmundston site to be completed. On July 14, 1964, Captain Joseph (Pepi) DiGiacinto, pilot; Flight Sgt Derek Miller, co-pilot; Gerry Flemming, radio operator; Captain Keith Wyatt, navigator and flight Engineer, Jim Cochrane brought KB882 in from her final flight. The crew touched down at the Edmundston Municipal Airport where she was mounted on a pedestal at St Jacques Airport in its last operational colours, (for a short while had been seen in wartime camouflage as 'NA-R' (Rabbit Stew)

 

Production Data:

Part of the first production batch of 300 aircraft built by Victory Aircraft Limited, Malton, Ontario, Canada. KB700-KB999 (produced 'before' the FM-Serial batch). Packard built Rolls-Royce Merlin 38 engines in the first 75 aircraft; Merlin 224 engines in the subsequent aircraft. Deliveries commenced to Britain 9-43; completed 3-45 (average rate of production, approximately 4 aircraft per week). Victory Aircraft Construction Number 37183

Surviving Lancaster: KB882

 

Last Updated: July 2008