Lancaster bomber returns to North East airfield

One of the last remaining Lancaster Bombers is to return to Durham Tees valley Airport, the site of the airfield where it was stationed during World War 2.

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Lancaster bomber returns to airfield where it was based in WWII

One of the last flying Lancaster Bombers is returning to the airfield where it was based during World War Two.

The Avro Lancaster bomber was built in Canada but operated out of RAF Middleton St George, which is now Durham Tees Valley Airport. The plane will take part in a flypast at 3pm on Thursday, 28th August.

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  • Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski
A ceremony takes place around the statue of Andrew Mynarski, which now stands at Durham Tees Valley Airport

Andrew Mynarski was a member of the Canadian Royal Air Force, who was stationed at Middleton St George airfield - now Durham Tees Valley Airport - during the Second World War.

In 1944, his aircraft was shot down over France. He attempted to save a colleague who was trapped in the rear turret of the aircraft as it caught fire and fell to the ground. His colleague survived, but PO Mynarski was badly burnt and died of his injuries.

He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the Commonwealth's highest military honour.

In 1988, a Lancaster Bomber was restored and dedicated to his memory.

300 attend service marking arrival of Lancaster Bomber

Hundreds of people, many of them veterans, have attended a service to mark the arrival of one of the world's last remaining Lancaster Bombers.

Veterans and other members of the public stand for the Last Post during the ceremony

The plane was based at the Middleton St George airfield, which is now Durham Tees Valley Airport, during World War Two.

It is dedicated to Andrew Mynarski, a Canadian officer who was shot down over France after taking off from the Teesside airfield. He was later awarded the Victoria Cross, the Commonwealth's highest honour for gallantry.

The ceremony took place around the statue of Mynarski, which now stands outside the airport.

About 300 people attended the service around the Andrew Mynarski statue

Members of the public will now be able to view the plane before a flypast at 3pm. It is one of only two surviving Lancaster bomber that still fly.

WW2 Lancaster bomber returns to North East airfield

Lancaster bombers at an airshow in East Sussex earlier this month Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

One of the last flying Lancaster Bombers is returning to the airfield where it was based during World War Two.

The Avro Lancaster bomber was built in Canada but operated out of RAF Middleton St George, which is now Durham Tees Valley Airport. The plane will take part in a flypast at 3pm on Thursday, 28th August.

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