The war diaries of RUHR EXPRESS

New colours on hte Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Lancaster salute the first example of the type to be built in Canada, and its wartime record

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Lancaster cruises above the clouds in its new, temporary guise as KB700 Ruhr Express.
DAVID BLAIS/CWHM

The decision to set up a Canadian shadow factory for Avro Lancaster production was born of necessity. Away from the attentions of enemy action, and with aircraft manufacturing capacity fit for expansion, Canada was an ideal place. The subsequent establishment of an entirely Royal Canadian Air Force-manned group within RAF Bomber Command cemented a link that made a very meaningful contribution to the Allied strategic offensive during the latter half of World War Two.

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