Serial No:              KB889                  Mark:    X           Known Op's:  0

 

Current Location: Imperial War Museum, Duxford,

                              Cambridgeshire, England

Current Status:     Static Display - Restored to Wartime configuration

Nickname:              None Traced

Service History:

Built and Test flown 2-12-44, 45 Transport Group del'd 18-12-44, To UK 3-45, 20 MU Aston Down del'd 28-1-45, 428 Sqn, RCAF del'd 2-3-45 NA-I, Returned CDN 10-6-45, 661 (Heavy Bomber) Wing, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, for Tiger Force, No. 2 Air Command del'd 6-45, Stored at unspecified location, Mod. Mk.10 MR, 408(P) Sqn, RCAF AK-889, 107 RU, Temporary detachment to 107 (Rescue Unit) Torbay, Newfoundland while FM104 while was at Fairey Aviation, Dartmouth, N.S. for 4 months del'd 1960, Stored unspecified location c.24-4-63, Sold to Age of Flight of Niagara Falls, Ontario, del'd 5-64 and put on display by the Niagara Falls Museum in 1965, Ownership changed c.1968 to Mr. Ken Short of Oshawa who had plans to restore it to flying, this was not done and a/c remained in Oshawa, Ontario as a memorial, Sold again to Mr. D. Arnold c. 1984 -Warbirds of Great Britain- and was shipped to Blackbushe, Hampshire, registered in 1984 as G-LANC, To the RAF BBF support and has been completely restored to wartime configuration using parts of Lincoln RF342 (G-APRJ) by a crew headed by Eddie West to a static display. Purchased by the Imperial War Museum del'd 14-5-86 at Duxford, on public display on 1-11-94 at the Duxford Air Museum, Cambridgeshire c.1994

 

Comments:

To UK: departed for the U.K. on 3.1.45; arrived in Prestwick on 5 Jan.; Flown to Wymeswold, Liec.

 

While with 428 Sqn, RCAF: training flight flown by S/L F. Macdonnell and crew, the mid-upper gunner F/L B. Hunchburger was taking a compass reading for the Navigator; a/c flew into a cumulus cloud and in the violence the aircraft flipped on its back and Brock Hunchburger decided to leave but while clipping on his chute it opened and he leaped into space, bounced off the tail plane and landed beside a farm house not far from Derby bruising his right leg but returned to Middleton St George none the worse.

 

27.5.45: a/c receive further upspecified damage on a cross-country exercise - repaired on site

 

4.6.45 returned to CDN: via St Mawgan, Cornwall

 

Sold to Mr. D. Arnold in UK from AVM McEwen of 405 Sqn Oshawa, Ontario. a/c fully restored to wartime configuration and unveiled for public display at Duxford Air Museum 1995

 

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 37190

Surviving Lancaster: KB889

 

Last Updated: July 2008