Watch the Canadian Warplane Heritage Center Lancaster “Vera” making an incredible low pass, make sure to turn up the volume!
This particular Lancaster is known as the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster in honor of Pilot Officer Andrew Charles Mynarski. He was a Canadian airman who was awarded the Victoria Cross after he gave his life trying to save a fellow crew member who was trapped.
His VC was awarded posthumously. He died attempting to rescue the trapped rear gunner from his blazing turret.
The Mynarski Memorial Lancaster is painted in the markings of Pilot Officer Andrew Charles Mynarski’s aircraft.
The Lancaster, C-GVRA, was one of the 422 Mk X models built at Victory Aircraft in Canada between 1943 and 1945. It saw service with the No. 107 Rescue Unit at Torbay, Newfoundland, as a maritime patrol/search and rescue aircraft, until it was retired by the RCAF in 1964.
In August 2014, the Canadian Lancaster arrived in the UK for a series of joint displays with the BBMF Lancaster resulting in an unforgettable display of two Lancasters flying together.
A total of 7,366 Lancs were built during WWII, and C-GVRA is one of the two remaining airworthy examples in the world today.
However, there is a third Lancaster at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre which is not currently airworthy but undertakes regular taxi runs around the airfield.
In this short clip, we are treated to a flyby from the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster – what a sound!