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Remains of downed Lancaster bomber return to Lincolnshire

More than seventy years since Lancaster Bomber flight PD214 crashed to the ground in northern Germany, and what remains of that fated aircraft has now returned to the airbase where it began its final mission.

Sergeant Ronald Barton was among the crew of eight - killed when their aircraft crashed during a bombing raid in 1944. His remains have never been recovered.

His granddaughters visited the crash site in Germany and have now they've returned to the Lincolnshire airfield where he embarked on his final mission:

Family of grandfather lost on final bomber mission returns to Lincolnshire

The granddaughters of a missing airman, killed when his Lancaster Bomber crashed in Germany, return today to the Lincolnshire airfield where it took off for its final mission.

The crash site was discovered earlier this year Credit: ITV News

Remains of Sergeant Ronald Barton's plane are being brought back to Metheringham, after the crash site was discovered earlier this year.


Last chance to see Lancaster bombers in flight

There is one more chance to see the world's last two Lancaster bombers in flight together later today - before one flies back to Canada next week.

Rare sight of Lancaster bombers Credit: Calendar news

Weather permitting - and so far it is looking good - they will fly in formation over Derwent Dam in the Hope Valley - for the first time in 50 years.

The British Lancaster will be joined by its Canadian counterpart, Vera, which has flown across the 'Pond' for a series of summer events.

A Hurricane and Spitfire will also pass over the dam at around 4.45pm on their way back to RAF Coningsby from Southport Air Show.

World War 2 service to remember the fallen in North Yorkshire

A special service has been held to remember the thousands of Canadian aircrew killed on bombing raids over Europe in the Second World War.

Veterans and present day air force personnel attended the ceremony at Allerton Castle near Knaresborough.

Chris Kiddey talks to former airman Douglas Petty, Jean Lumsden who worked at the headquarters and Tressa Home from the Canadian High Commission in his report.

Once in a Lanc-time experience

A unique moment in history will take place today when three Lancaster Bombers will be together in Lincolnshire.

The last two airworthy Lancaster Bombers in flight Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The RAF's Lancaster "Thumper" and the Canadian Lancaster "Vera" will overfly Britain's only other running Lancaster "Just Jane" as it taxis on the runway at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre in East Kirkby. Some five thousand spectators are expected to be at the airfield to witness the first opportunity to see three Lancaster Bombers and hear 12 Merlin engines working together since the 1960s.

Gates open at 10am and the flypast is scheduled for 4.20pm.

Lancasters flypast WW2 HQ

The two remaining airworthy Lancaster bombers will fly over North Yorkshire's Allerton Castle, the wartime headquarters of No 6 Group, Royal Canadian Air Force today to commemorate the shared experience of UK and Canadian pilots

The last two airworthy Lancaster Bombers in flight Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Although 7,377 Lancaster aircraft were produced between 1941 and 1946, only two remain airworthy. One, a Mk 1 nicknamed 'Thumper' is maintained by the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight , and the other, named Vera for its identification markings V-RA, by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

The historic fly past at Allerton Castle will be accompanied by a ceremony attended by Royal Air Force personnel and veterans who served within Canadian crews.

The last two airworthy Lancaster Bombers in flight Credit: ITV Yorkshire


Lancaster bombers take to the skies together

The world's two remaining Lancaster bombers that can fly have taken to the skies together over Lincolnshire for the first time this lunchtime.

A Lancaster from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and another known as Vera, which is usually based in Canada, took off at RAF Coningsby. They are preparing to take part in a number of airshows together in the next six weeks.

Plane spotters still gathering at Coningsby for glimpse of RAF history

Last week thousands of people gathered at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire hoping to witness a once in a lifetime sight - the last two operational Lancaster Bombers in the world, flying side by side.

Sadly, it was not to be. Bad weather meant that the historic flight had to be postponed

But the crowds did get to see a visiting Canadian Lancaster known as Vera land for a salute to former bomber command veterans.

Despite the disappointment plane spotters are still heading to the base in the hope of catching a glimpse of the bomber.

Al Mickelloff, from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, said he had been disappointed - but it was still a historic occasion:

Canadian Bomber arrives at Coningsby - but without its British counterpart

The rain ruined the airborne reunion of the Lancaster Bombers, but thousands of people still braved the pouring rain to see the arrival of the Canadian Bomber, V-Vera at the end of its three and a half thousand mile journey.

Over the next few weeks it'll take part in a series of events with the Lancaster from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

David Wood reports:

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