BBMF Lancaster internal tour prize winner

Header Image: Club member Kevin Baughan enjoying his prize in the cockpit of BBMF Lancaster PA474 on 28th September 2022. (Photo: Clive Rowley)

The RAF Memorial Flight Official Club ballot prize for May was a ‘money cannot buy it’ opportunity to experience what it is like inside BBMF Lancaster PA474, which is very representative of operational Lancasters, with the exception of having dual controls. The lucky winner of this special experience was Club member Kevin Baughan from Berkshire, who took up his prize at the Flight’s home at RAF Coningsby on 28th September.

BBMF Members’ Day 1st October 2022

Header Image: The weather was kind at RAF Coningsby on Saturday 1st October and members of the RAF Memorial Flight Official Club and the Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association were treated to a great day and a superb flying display as a thank you from the BBMF for their support. (Photo: Claire Hartley)

The latest in a long line of annual exclusive events, the 2022 BBMF Members’ Day was mounted by the Flight on Saturday 1st October as a way to say thank you for the support of the RAF Memorial Flight Official Club and the Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association. Traditionally held at the end of the flying display season, Members’ Day sees the BBMF welcoming a large crowd made up exclusively of Club and Association members and their personal guests. BBMF Members’ Day is an exclusive tickets-only event open only to members and not to the general public.

Members remember: Eric Lansdown – SEAC Liberator pilot

Header Image: A Consolidated B-24 Liberator B Mk VI of 356 Sqn, South East Asia Command, based at Salbani, India. 356 Sqn was a sister unit to 355 Sqn which Warrant Officer Eric Lansdown (inset) flew with as a Liberator co-pilot from 1944.

In the Club’s September newsletter we offered members the opportunity to tell the brief stories of any of their relatives who served with the RAF during the Second World War, so that they are remembered. One of the first to respond was Club member Helen Lansdown, who has provided us with the story of her father, Warrant Officer Eric Lansdowne. Best of all, Eric is still with us and he celebrated his 100th birthday on 20th September.

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