For this month’s Club members’ ballot prize, we’re giving away a 1:72 scale Airfix model kit of the Avro Lancaster B.III (Special), worth £38.99.
How to enter the ballot
All current members have been automatically entered into this ballot. If you’re not already a member, please join the Club by 30th October 2020 to be entered into this prize draw.
As well as being entered into this month’s prize draw, you’ll also receive a Club membership pack. Members can claim free aircraft hangar tours at the BBMF Visitor Centre, they will receive our Club magazine, published twice a year, and will receive monthly e-newsletters with content exclusive to Club members.
About the Avro Lancaster B.III (Special) model kit
Whilst the Avro Lancaster saw the vast majority of its service as a high-altitude night bomber attacking strategic targets deep within Germany, it was the daring low-level ‘Dambusters’ raid that made it most famous.
On the night of 16-17th May 1943, 19 specially-modified Lancaster bombers of 617 Squadron, led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, attacked the Mohne, Eder, Sorpe and Ennepe dams, in Germany, breaching the Mohne and Eder and causing widespread destruction to both the German war effort and to food production.
The specially-modified B.III (Special) Lancasters that flew on the raid had their mid-upper turrets and bomb-bay doors removed so that they could carry the Barnes Wallis designed, so-called ‘bouncing bomb’, officially named ‘Upkeep’.
This very accurate kit contains 239 parts and, when built, the model has a wingspan of 432mm. It has decals to finish it as ED285/G ‘AJ-T’, the reserve aircraft flown by Flight Lieutenant Jo McCarthy DFC, with his bomb-aimer ‘Johnny’ Johnson (now the last survivor of the original ‘Dambusters’), which attacked the Sorpe Dam. Alternatively, the decals are provided for ED927/G, ‘AJ-E’, flown by Norman Barlow DFC RAAF and his crew, which crashed during the operation, after flying into high-tension cables, with the deaths of all on board. This kit is most suitable for experienced modellers.