Avro 683 Lancaster B1 (PA474 / KC-A) from the RAF BBMF (RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight)
at the Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days 2014, Gilze-Rijen (the Netherlands)
The Avro 683 Lancaster B1 (PA474 / KC-A) is a four-engined, Second World War, heavy bomber operated by the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAF BBMF) as a tribute to all members of Bomber Command during the Second World War. PA474 is one of only two Lancaster aircraft remaining in airworthy condition out of the 7.377 that were built (the other is in Canada with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at Hamilton, Ontario). PA474 rolled off the production line at the Vickers Armstrong Broughton factory at Hawarden Airfield, Chester on 31 May 1945, just after the war in Europe came to an end. In 1975 the aircraft was adopted by the "City of Lincoln" and permission where granted to display the City’s coat of arms, which will always be displayed on PA474 regardless of what colour scheme she wears. PA474 is currently painted to represent Lancaster DV385, "Thumper Mk III" of 617 (Dambuster) Squadron, with the code letters "KC-A". The "Thumper" nose art (other side) features the cartoon rabbit – from the 1942 Walt Disney cartoon "Bambi" – holding a foaming pint of beer.