Tamiya 1/48 Lancaster B Mk. I
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  This is the airplane the model will be built as, an early B Mk. I, some say it was the most photographed Lancaster.  It was the aircraft used to make the airplane
known to the British public in WW II.    It was originally laid down as one of 200 Manchesters but was completed as a Lancaster instead.  R5689 went
 to 50 Squadron on 22 June 1942.  R5689 took part in many key operations, bombing Saarbrucken, Dussldorf, Le Havre, Essen and Wilhelmshaven.  On its last
 run, it left Swinderby, England, at 19h15 on 18 September 1942 on a mine-laying operation.  It crash landed at Thurlby, Lincolnshire, after a double engine failure 
on short approach.  The pilot, Gp Capt Hugh Everitt, not only survived the war but lived to be 94 and was highly decorated, DSO, DFC and Bar, CBE, OBE.  Sadly, 
one crewmember did not survive the crash, Sgt J R Gibbons, RCAF, from Brantford Ontario.

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