Serial No:              TW911                Mark:    I            Known Op's:  0

Current Location: Everett, Washington, USA

Current Status:     Cockpit Section Only – In Storage

Nickname:              None Traced

Service History:

Actually delivered as a Mk.I (FE), intended to Tiger Force, Armstrong Siddely Motors Ltd. del'd 7-3-46, Converted for use as a flying test bed for the Armstrong Siddeley Python Turboprop. Retired to Southend Aircraft Museum, UK del'd c.1968

Comments:

 

07/08: Cockpit section is reported to be held in the Flying Heritage Collection, Everett, Washington, USA

 

07/08 From Lancaster-archive/Forum: If the nose section at Paine Field is TW911 – and I don’t know that it is or it isn’t – then the writeup quoted by Wayne is only partly right. After its usefulness as a testbed was over, Lancaster TW911 was scrapped, but the nose was retained and fitted to Lincoln RF342. This ‘Lancoln’ or ‘Lincaster’ soldiered on for quite a few years with Napiers 9jet engines) and then the College of Aeronautics at Cranfield until it too was retired, to the British Historic Aircraft Museum at Southend. When BHAM folded, the exhibits were auctioned and RF342 began a chequered career of different owners and many different locations, losing bits with almost every move. The nose – from TW911 - went first, I think, to store at Bournemouth, the undercarriage probably went with Kermit Weeks’ in Florida and the engines somewhere else. Being Merlin 68 or 68A with the annular radiators, they wouldn’t be much use for Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane or Mustang rebuilds. Finally the mortal remains of RF342 finished up at Sandtoft in Lincolnshire where it began to gently rot away. Just to round off the story, (although it should really be on Neil’s Lincoln thread), RF342 seems to have a happy ending. Last year it was bought by Mark Pilkington and shipped to his native Oz, where it is receiving love and care from him and his colleagues. It is without a nose, that having gone to the scrappie just after TW911’s was fitted but I believe that the intention is to rebuild the aircraft as an Australian Lincoln with a new nose. A long-nose B.31 would be nice.

 

Production Data:

Part of the ninth production batch of 50 aircraft built by Sir W.G. Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Ltd., Whitley, Coventry. TW858-TW873 and TW878-TW911. Deliveries commenced 7/45; completed 3/46 (average rate of production, approximately 2 aircraft per week.)

Surviving Lancaster: TW911

 

Last Updated: July 2008