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Lancaster Salute to 617 Squadron

Published: 09 Sep 2017


She made it! After a few weeks of doubt, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Avro Lancaster performed a full display to a welcoming Scampton crowd. A recent grounding due to issues with the Flight's Rolls-Royce Merlin engines was only resolved on Friday with a successful air test completed this morning.

It is a testament to the dedication of the Flight's engineers as all the stops were pulled to ensure Lancaster PA474, today known as 'Leader', led the flypast in tribute to those aircrew that flew from RAF Scampton in the Second World War, many not to return.

PA474 wears new colours for the 2017 display season - on her port side she represents W5005, AR-L 'Leader' from 460 (RAAF) Squadron, which had nose art of a kangaroo playing bagpipes indicating the Australian and Scottish backgrounds of one of its crews. The starboard side carries the code VN-T, the Lancaster flown by FO Douglas Millikin DFC from 50 Squadron. He is grandfather of the Flight's current Officer Commanding, Squadron Leader Andy Millikin. 

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