Vera gets a makeover in Canada

Don’t worry, it’s only temporary! Petwood Hotel Director Emma Brealey recently spent some time in Hamilton, Ontario, and sent back a souvenir video (via Facebook,) showing “our” Lancaster being transformed with the temporary markings of the Ruhr Express, KB700, Canada’s first built Lancaster. All was revealed at a special event at the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum. “It’s so wonderful to see our Canadian friends on screen again – and doesn’t Vera film well?!”

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Dambusters photos restored to family after Bateman trial

From Charles Foster, the Dambusters blog:

Before the trial of Alex Bateman, recently jailed for the theft of Flight Sergeant John Fraser’s logbook, the Metropolitan Police found a photo album belonging to  Flight Officer Ken Earnshaw in Bateman’s London house. Both officers flew on the same Lancaster in the second world war.

Despite being found guilty, Bateman continues to maintain his innocence and refuses to disclose what happened to Fraser’s logbook, but the Earnshaw  photo album will shortly be returned to its owner’s descendants in Canada.

After Bateman’s trial, the police entrusted the album to Shere Fraser Lowe, daughter of Flight Sergeant John Fraser, so that she could return it to the Earnshaw family. In two days time she will present the photo album to Earnshaw’s nephew Jim Heather at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton, Alberta.

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Canadian Lancaster film UK premiere in Woodhall Spa

A group of visitors from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario, is in town this week for the UK launch of their thrilling documentary about the UK tour of VeRa, one of only two Lancaster bombers in the world still flying. The film will be shown to the UK public for the first time tomorrow at 1pm, in the Kinema in the Woods. Commissioned by the Warplane Museum and produced by Suddenly Seemore Productions during Vera’s amazing British adventure last summer, the film was recently distributed and screened to full houses in cinemas throughout Canada, for free.

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Sir John Franklin’s ship: update

A few weeks ago I wrote about the recent discovery of one of Sir John Franklin’s northwest passage ships, preserved in the frozen wastes of northern Canada. The news clip I included has been withdrawn, but fortunately I have found another, much more informative one from Global News. If you missed the original post and you are interested in the Spilsby connection, you can still read it here, complete with the new video clip.

They have found Sir John Franklin’s ship

If you head out East toward the Lincolnshire coast and you get fed up with the main road, you might take the old road through Spilsby. And if you decide to take a break there, you may, as I did some time ago, come across the memorial in the main square commemorating the life and death of Spilsby born and Louth educated Sir John Franklin, who died trying to find the Northwest Passage.

Interesting enough in itself perhaps, but suddenly in the news, with today’s confirmation by Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, that one of the two ships used for Sir John Franklin’s fatal attempt to find the Northwest Passage has been discovered over 160 years since it was abandoned somewhere in the frozen wastes of the Canadian Arctic.


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