Mynarski Memorial Lancaster arrives in the region ahead of nostalgic flypast

Mynarski Memorial Lancaster arrives in the region ahead of nostalgic flypast

SAFE ARRIVAL: The Mynarski Lancaster at Durham Tees Valley Airport Picture: TOM BANKS

Mynarski Memorial Lancaster arrives in the region ahead of nostalgic flypast

Mynarski Memorial Lancaster arrives in the region ahead of nostalgic flypast

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A SYMBOL of Second World War history has landed in the region ahead of a nostalgic flypast event today.

The Mynarski Memorial Lancaster – named after heroic Canadian airman Andrew Mynarski – arrived at Durham Tees Valley Airport at about 5pm.

Thousands of enthusiasts are expected to attend the sold-out flypast.

Tomorrow's event will include a ceremony at the Mynarski statue, at St George Hotel, at 10.30am, with the Lancaster expected on the stand later in the morning.

Public access to the Lancaster will be granted for a time, with the flypast itself planned for 3pm.

It is possible there will be a second flypast later in the afternoon.

Thousands of Canadian airmen and ground crew served with the RAF and Royal Canadian Air Force during the war.

By late 1944, the Canadian No. 6 Group of Bomber Command operated thirteen squadrons of Lancasters in the war against Germany.

Middleton St George was home to the 419 (Moose) Squadron and the 428 (Ghost) Squadron.

In total 7,377 Lancasters rolled off the production lines in Britain and Canada, during World War Two.

Today, 17 Lancasters survive around the world, but only two are in flying condition…one which forms part of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial flight and today’s visitor, cared for at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Ontario.

The Museum's Lancaster Mk. X was built at Victory Aircraft, Malton, Toronto, in July 1945 and was later converted to a RCAF 10MR configuration.

In 1952, it suffered a serious accident and received a replacement wing centre section from a Lancaster that had flown in combat over Germany.

It was restored to air worthiness in 1988 and dedicated to the memory of Pilot Office Andrew Mynarski and is referred to as the “Mynarski Memorial Lancaster”.

It is painted in the colours of his aircraft KB726 – VR-A, which flew with RCAF No. 419 (Moose) Squadron.

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6:01pm Wed 27 Aug 14

oxbridge says...

Its a ticket only event which is sold out so if you haven't got a ticket you won't get in the airport.
Its a ticket only event which is sold out so if you haven't got a ticket you won't get in the airport. oxbridge
  • Score: 4

7:16pm Wed 27 Aug 14

teacher66 says...

My father flew many missions in Lancaster bombers throughout the war and we have been informed that all the tickets have been sold out and it is not possible to attend despite my father's sacrifices and efforts during the war in these magnificent planes.
My father flew many missions in Lancaster bombers throughout the war and we have been informed that all the tickets have been sold out and it is not possible to attend despite my father's sacrifices and efforts during the war in these magnificent planes. teacher66
  • Score: -5

8:26pm Wed 27 Aug 14

cromwell1599 says...

I believe tickets were for a car with up to four occupants, surely some kindhearted soul with a spare seat or two will be reading this who can offer you a place.
I believe tickets were for a car with up to four occupants, surely some kindhearted soul with a spare seat or two will be reading this who can offer you a place. cromwell1599
  • Score: 5

7:44am Thu 28 Aug 14

Gerry585 says...

Sold out.........which means all the approach road verges will be packed with parked cars. One would have thought TVA with all theirt acres could have organbised more space. At £10 a time they have lost a wedge.
Sold out.........which means all the approach road verges will be packed with parked cars. One would have thought TVA with all theirt acres could have organbised more space. At £10 a time they have lost a wedge. Gerry585
  • Score: 3

8:40am Thu 28 Aug 14

teacher66 says...

At the last minute my father managed to get a ticket thanks to the organiser of his old 514 squadron reunions - hurrah, a happy ending.
At the last minute my father managed to get a ticket thanks to the organiser of his old 514 squadron reunions - hurrah, a happy ending. teacher66
  • Score: 4

9:22am Thu 28 Aug 14

cromwell1599 says...

teacher66 wrote:
At the last minute my father managed to get a ticket thanks to the organiser of his old 514 squadron reunions - hurrah, a happy ending.
Good news, if anyone deserves to be there it is the ones who actually flew on them. I didn't get a ticket because I wasn't aware of the ticketing until it was sold out, will just try to get as near as I can on foot.
[quote][p][bold]teacher66[/bold] wrote: At the last minute my father managed to get a ticket thanks to the organiser of his old 514 squadron reunions - hurrah, a happy ending.[/p][/quote]Good news, if anyone deserves to be there it is the ones who actually flew on them. I didn't get a ticket because I wasn't aware of the ticketing until it was sold out, will just try to get as near as I can on foot. cromwell1599
  • Score: 6

1:14pm Thu 28 Aug 14

darlolass58 says...

cromwell1599 wrote:
teacher66 wrote:
At the last minute my father managed to get a ticket thanks to the organiser of his old 514 squadron reunions - hurrah, a happy ending.
Good news, if anyone deserves to be there it is the ones who actually flew on them. I didn't get a ticket because I wasn't aware of the ticketing until it was sold out, will just try to get as near as I can on foot.
Free tickets should have been allocated for these brave war heroes
I know of one who is unable to attend, due to lack of tickets
Bloody disgrace when you consider it
Badly organised
[quote][p][bold]cromwell1599[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]teacher66[/bold] wrote: At the last minute my father managed to get a ticket thanks to the organiser of his old 514 squadron reunions - hurrah, a happy ending.[/p][/quote]Good news, if anyone deserves to be there it is the ones who actually flew on them. I didn't get a ticket because I wasn't aware of the ticketing until it was sold out, will just try to get as near as I can on foot.[/p][/quote]Free tickets should have been allocated for these brave war heroes I know of one who is unable to attend, due to lack of tickets Bloody disgrace when you consider it Badly organised darlolass58
  • Score: 1

1:12pm Fri 29 Aug 14

maclaren says...

What a fantastic looking aircraft
What a fantastic looking aircraft maclaren
  • Score: 0

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