MAP MAKERS

ROAMING AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST ON PHOTO-SURVEY ASSIGNMENTS, THE LANCASTERS OF 683 SQUADRON WERE THE LAST TO SERVE THE RAF OPERATIONALLY.ANDREW THOMAS EXPLAINS

Lancaster TW652 over Kenya in August 1952.

Specially equipped Lancasters of 82 Squadron mapped much of West and Central Africa for the Ordnance Survey on behalf of the Colonial Office during the late 1940s. Thanks to the survival of one of 82’s workhorses of that period, none other than the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s PA474, another RAF map-maker, 683 Squadron, tends to get overlooked.

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