The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre hosted an event on 24 May for the Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association – this allowed members of the association free entry to the museum, although sadly the weather was frankly atrocious for a good a part of the day (hence a considerably shorter than usual report.)
Despite the monsoon like weather conditions, resident Avro Lancaster NX611 Just Jane performed three taxy runs - much to the credit of the drenched ground crew! The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight had intended to visit with their Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane trio but PA474 had a technical issue at RAF Coningsby and regrettably had to cancel her appearance. The Spitfire and Hurricane pair continued with their flying programme nevertheless and appeared during a break in the weather, much to the approval of all present on the ground.
Suitably for an event taking place on the eve of D-Day, on site for the weekend with a living history group was a 75mm Pack Howitzer. With the weapon designed to be broken down into pieces allowing for quick assembly and disassembly, it was widely used by Allied Forces during the Second World War and saw service during the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944 when elements of the British Airborne Forces landed with the type in Normandy.
For more information regarding the Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association, membership and its activities please see HERE.