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RCAF Mk.10 AVRO LANCASTER FM 104 - by Colin E. Bowley

RCAF Mk.10 Avro Lancaster FM 104 - by Colin E. Bowley

Search and Rescue 1965


FM 104 is a Mk.10 Avro Lancaster bomber. It was built in Toronto by the Victory Aircraft Company in 1944.

In 1945 it was flown to England and stored at a Maintenance Depot until it could be assigned to an active service squadron. This never happened and later that year it was flown back to Canada without ever being involved in any combat duties.

The following years were spent with the RCAF on Search and Rescue duties on the east coast and in 1966 it was finally retired from service. Shortly after retirement it was put on display in a Toronto park mounted on a concrete plinth. There it sat for over 30 years, unprotected and totally exposed to the unforgiving weather.

In 1999 it was rescued by the Canadian Aerospace Museum and put into storage. Next, it was taken over by the City of Toronto, but the city, not knowing what to do with it, decided to get rid of it.

In 2018 FM 104 finally found a new home at the British Columbia Aviation Museum in Sidney B.C. where a full restoration of the aircraft is now in progress.

16 x 24 inches, Acrylic, 2018

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