In 1944 Jim Radford was a 15 year old ‘galley boy’ serving with the Merchant Navy on the Empire.
The Last Two Airworthy Lancasters Meet
Although 7,377 Lancaster aircraft were produced between 1941 and 1946, only two remain airworthy. One (a Mk 1 nicknamed ‘Thumper’) is maintained by the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), and the other by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM). These classic aircraft came together for the first time as CWHM’s ‘Vera’ (named for its identification markings V-RA), a Mk X Lancaster arrived in England after a transatlantic flight from its home in Ontario, Canada for the start of a tour which will see the two Lancasters flying together to please crowds at 60 venues across the UK. The event concluded with Bomber Command Veterans receiving their Bomber Command clasps from the Station Commander of RAF Coningsby Group Captain Johnny Stringer