REUNION Of GIANTS
The Kawartha Lakes Flying Club (COPA Flight 101) Lindsay presented to their members a viewing of REUNION of GIANTS - the last two airworthy World War II Lancaster bombers flying together in the skies over England.
It had been 50 years since two Avro Lancaster bombers flew side by side. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Avro Lancaster, VeRA, flew from Hamilton to meet her British counterpart, Thumper – the only other surviving flight worthy Lancaster bomber in the world – the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s (BBMF) Lancaster in England.
The flying club was honoured to have WW II veteran and Lindsay resident Peter Healey join the meeting. Healey volunteered for the RAF aircrew in 1943 at the age of 18. There was a shortage of aircraft gunners, so Healey was sent to Egypt for training, then to Palestine where he became an aircrew member on the two-engine Wellington bomber and then the four-engine B-24 Liberator. Foggia, Italy was Healey’s next stop where he joined 40 Sqdn RAF #5 Group and flew on the B-24. Then in 1944, they were supplied with the Avro Lancaster. As a rear-gunner, Healey was responsible for handling four-synchronized .303 machine guns which fired 1500 rounds per minute. Peter flew a combined 25 missions in B-24’s and Lancaster’s.
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