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Australian War Memorial: Avro Lancaster “G for George”

10 April 2016

Deano has this comprehensive post on the Lancaster Mk I known as G-George now in the Australian War Memorial. The RAF bomber with the most missions–89!

Aces Flying High

The centrepiece of the Striking by Night exhibition at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra is the multimedia sound and light show which re-creates a night bombing operation over Berlin in December 1943 featuring the beautifully restored World War Two era Avro LancasterMk.I bomber with the call sign “G for George“. This bomber (serial number W4783) was constructed by Metropolitan Vickers Ltd in Manchester, UK in 1942 and delivered to RAAF No. 460 Squadron based at Breighton in Yorkshire on October 27th. 1942. Its first mission was on December 6th, 1942 over Mannheim, Germany.

Avro Lancaster "G for George" Striking by Night at the Australian War Memorial - ANZAC Hall “G for George” Striking by Night at the Australian War Memorial – ANZAC Hall (photo taken during my January 2016 visit)

No. 460 Squadron was formed in November 1941, flying as part of the RAF Bomber Command in Europe. The squadron was originally equipped with Vickers Wellington bombers (20 were lost in just 3 months), then briefly converted to…

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 10 April 2016 15:53

    Just fantastic… well done

  2. 11 April 2016 01:31

    Is this aircraft airworthy? If so, any chance it will fly again?

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      11 April 2016 21:41

      I’m unsure. It looks good shape, though, doesn’t it? You could email Deano about that as he is quite helpful.

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