Operation: Central and Eastern
USA and Canada
Model: Lancaster Mk. X
Wing Span: 102' 0"
Length: 69' 6"
Height: 20' 6"
Max Speed: 287 mph
Gross Weight: 65,000 lbs
Power Plant: 4 x Packard Merlin 224
Horsepower: 4 x 1,640
Fuel Capacity: 2,154 gallons
Armament: 6 x 0.303" machine guns, 2 x
0.50" machine guns, 14,000 lbs of bombs.
CWHM's Avro Lancaster Mk. X
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) is the
owner and operator of this rare Avro Lancaster Mk. X
which is the only Lancaster flying in North
America, and one of only 2 airworthy Lancasters in the world.
The most famous British designed bomber of World War
II, the Lancaster had impressive flying characteristics
and operational performance. The Lancaster was the RAF's
only heavy bomber capable of carrying the 12,000-lb
Tallboy and 22,000-lb Grand Slam bombs. The aircraft
demonstrated its right to fame with the daring and
precise raids on the Ruhr dams in May 1943, and also the
sinking of the German battleship Tirpitz in November
The Lancaster was derived from the unsuccessful Avro
Manchester. The 2 Rolls-Royce Vulture engines of the
Manchester were replaced by 4 Rolls-Royce Merlins to
produce the Manchester III which was renamed Lancaster.
The prototype Lancaster flew on January 9, 1941. In
total, 7377 Lancasters were built in Britain and Canada.
The Canadian built Lancasters were designated Mark X and
were powered by the Packard Merlin 28, 38 or 224.
There are only 2 airworthy Lancasters in the world
today. One in England with the Battle of Britain
Memorial Flight and the one in Canada with the Canadian
Warplane Heritage Museum.
The CWHM Lancaster Mk. X (FM213) was built at Victory
Aircraft, Malton in July 1945. It served as a RCAF
Maritime Patrol aircraft based at Greenwood, Nova Scotia
and Torbay, Newfoundland for many years before it was
retired in 1964. With help from the Sulley Foundation,
it was acquired in 1977 from the Royal Canadian Legion
in Goderich, Ontario where it had been on outdoor
display. The Lancaster was stripped of as much weight as
possible and flown to CWHM under a Chinook helicopter in
1979. The first post restoration flight was September
11, 1988 followed on September 24th by the official
first flight and airshow.
The Lancaster is dedicated to the memory of Pilot
Officer Andrew Charles Mynarski, VC, of 419 (Moose)
Squadron, 6 (RCAF) Group and is referred to as the "Mynarski
Memorial Lancaster". Mynarski won 6 Group's only
Victoria Cross, the Commonwealth's highest award for
gallantry in battle. On the night of 12/13 June 1944,
his Lancaster X was shot down by a Luftwafffe night
fighter. As the bomber plunged earthwards, Mynarski, his
flying clothing afire, tried in vain to free his trapped
rear gunner from the jammed rear turret. Miraculously,
the gunner survived the crash and lived to relate the
story of Mynarski's bravery. Unfortunately, Mynarski
died from his severe burns.
The Mynarski Memorial Lancaster has toured Canada and
the United States as far west as Abbotsford, British
Columbia, as far east as Greenwood, Nova Scotia and as
far south as Galveston, Texas. It has also appeared in
movies and television.
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
9280 Airport Road
Mount Hope, Ontario
Canada L0R 1W0
Phone: (905) 679-4183
Fax: (905) 679-4186
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