Lancaster newspaper cuttings



Lancaster newspaper cuttings


Top left - newspaper cutting with photograph of a Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire flying over the RAF College Cranwell. Text explains where aircraft based.
Top centre - newspaper cutting with photograph of a parked Lancaster with a Vulcan flying over.
Top right news paper cutting with photograph of two Vulcans in line astern. Text explains day was a nostalgic gathering with notable attendees after the recent merger of Bomber and Fighter Command into Strike Command.
Bottom left - newspaper cutting headline Lancaster flew over Jet age motorist. Photograph from below of an airborne Lancaster and a Spitfire. Text explains they were seen by motorist in Lincoln.
Bottom right newspaper cutting - photograph of a Lancaster airborne flying over a parade formation of airmen. Text explain it was the sole remaining flying Lancaster over a passing out parade at RAF Swinderby.



Five newspaper cuttings mounted on an album page

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The RAF’s last flying Lancaster, Hurricane and the oldest Spitfire still flying with the Service will take part in the vintage aircraft flying display at Abingdon.

The backbone of the RAF during World War II, the three historic aircraft are seen in flight over the RAF College, Cranwell. THE Lancaster id from Waddington and the Spitfire and Hurricane from Coltishall.

A VULCAN overflys Waddington’s Lancaster during a visit of historical aircraft at Scampton.


A Spitfire fighter, owned by Rolls Royce, flying in formation with the Lancaster bomber based at R.A.F. Waddington over the Lincolnshire airbase today.

MOTORISTS on the Lincoln to Sleaford road, who patiently waited today at the Waddington traffic lights for a plane to land, must have been surprised when, instead of the usual Vulcan, the majestic span of a Lancaster glided over.

But within two minutes of the mighty Lanc’s propellers stopping, there was the thunderous roar of a jet engine as one of the station’s Vulcans used the same runway to take off.

A Spitfire fighter of World War II was also scheduled to land, but after a couple of flyovers, it left, as cross winds prevented it landing.

The Lancaster is, of course, Waddington’s and is the only aircraft of that type still flying. It was crewed by the station commander, Group Capt. A. Griffiths, Sqdr. Ldr. Ken Hayward, Chief Tech. Ken Terry and Warrant Officer Bill Sparkes.

The Spitfire and Lancaster had been the subject of some air filming by a Meteor at Swinderby, and the pilot of the fighter was expected for lunch at the bomber base.

Vulcans in salute at Scampton.


SCAMPTON, the scene of many epic wartime events, was the setting on April 29 for the closing chapter in the glittering 32 years history of Bomber Command.

A few short hours before the Command and Fighter Command were merged to form Strike Command, a distinguished gathering headed by Mr. Denis Healey, Secretary of State for Defence, watched a farewell parade and flying display in which the pride of place went to the Lancaster, the command’s most celebrated aircraft of World War II.

As the Bomber Command pennant was lowered, the RAF’s last flying Lancaster – piloted by Gp Capt A. Griffiths, CO of Waddington – flew low overhead.

The famous

Sharing in this nostalgic moment were such legendary wartime figures as Marshals of the RAF Viscount Portal and Sir Arthur Harris, both former AOC-in-C; Victoria Cross holders Gp Capt Leonard Cheshire, Wg Cdr R.A.B. Learoyd and WO Norman Jackson; and Dr. Barnes Wallis, inventor of the bouncing bomb used in the raid on the Mohne and Eder dams.

Earlier, in a speech of welcome to guests, Air Chief Marshal Sir Wallace Kyle, AOC in C Bomber Command and the first AOC in C of Strike Command, said he wanted reassure everyone that in the new command provision had been made for the all important functional organisation in the form of No. 1 Group on the bomber

ABOVE: The sole remaining flying Lancaster bomber, based at R.A.F. Waddington, during its low run over the passing-out parade at R.A.F. Swinderby, yesterday. BELOW: Air Vice Marshal M.H. LeBas, Air Officer Commanding No. 1 (Bomber) Group, presenting a plaque to A.C. J.E Davis, who is the 20,000th recruit to pass through the No. 7 School of Recruit Training at R.A.F. Swinderby. Looking on is Grp. Capt. J. Bush, left, station commander.



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