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Lancaster Bomber

Only five of the 7377 Lancaster Bombers built during the Second World War, survive and just one of those, was delivered to the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in 1986. The Lancaster in question was a Canadian- built, Mark X, KB889, one of 430 Lancasters that were built in Canada, and this particular aircraft came to Britain in March 1945, just in time to help us “duff up” the Nazis.

The aircraft ended up at Bittesewell near Lutterworth and Vanguard sent seven low loading trailers and flat trailers to collect the dismantled aircraft, convey through to Duxford where the components were offloaded into one of the hangers, ready for re-assembly and refurb, before joining the impressive array of other aircraft on display at Duxford.

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