Saturday, January 15, 2011


The movie is showing on television at the moment.

You know I recommend the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, as much as it is a War Memorial and Cenotaph, it is also a most amazing museum of Australian war memorabilia.

One of the Avro Lancaster Bombers, G-George, used in the dambusters raid is on display in the Australian War Memorial. NOTE: I've just been corrected, this information is incorrect! Surely there aren't two G for George Avro Lancaster Bombers? Ah well, shows history isn't really my forte... at all. Thanks, SatP - in my defence, I was never a little boy who was an avid reader of exciting war stories.

It's truly a fascinating place. If you visit Australia and find yourself in Canberra, please, do yourself a favour and visit the War Memorial. Allow a day or more to see it all.

Read more about this charmed aircraft here:

G for George

Recent AWM aquisition, new Private records relating to G for George.

Dambusters, interesting although not this aircraft.


Steve at the Pub said...

"Used in the Dambusters Raid"?

On your links G-George was 460 Sqn.
As all little boys who avidly read exciting war stories can tell you, the Dambusters were 617 Sqn.

kae said...

Next thing you'll be telling me is that the midget sub wasn't the midget sub!
I hope I've fixed that post now!

Pedro the Ignorant said...

G-George display at the AWM is possibly the highlight of the Memorial. The 'light and sound' show is stunning.

I sat in the tail gunners seat of G-George back in the mid 50's when I was small boy, and I can vividly recall how cramped it seemed even to a little boy.

It was a rare privilege to have actually been in that aircraft, nowadays you are not even allowed to touch it.

Steve at the Pub said...

Thousands of bombers in Bomber Command, 26 letters in the alphabet...
It can hardly have been the ONLY such named bomber. One would presume that G-George's proliferated.

Pedro, next time you are travelling through the southern parts of the province of Alberta (Canada), the town of Nanton has a Lancaster Museum. There isn't much else to the town, but boyo-boy-oh-boy do they have Lancasters, parts of Lancasters, life sized mock-ups, and all sorts of stuff.

You can step inside one. Nobody could be quite prepared for how small they are, especially the cramped difficulty of getting from one end to the other.

To keep you going until are you next in Canada get a copy of the DVD "Night Bombers". Made during the war, with the cooperation of the station commander of a Lancaster station who had the authority to have side panels removed for excellent in flight filming of take-offs & landings, a view not otherwise obtainable.

"Night Bombers" is so good that to get any closer to flying in a Lancaster you'd need to be in the 1940s and in Bomber Command!

Anonymous said...

I never knew it was Avro Lancaster - only heard them called Lancasters.

The Avro bit is important to me because my (maternal) Nana was an aircraft mechanic during the war, working on Avro Ansons or Agies at NSW and Victoria bases. Her first name was Agnes. She told me that the mechanic/s who'd worked on the planes had to be on its first flight thereafter. That's make you pay attention, wouldn't it?