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Nanton museum to expand


At the Bomber Command Museum of Canada at Nanton, Alberta, plans for a building expansion project to the north of the existing display building are currently being drawn up, which will include a larger tarmac area to enable Avro Lancaster X FM159 to give taxiing demonstrations.

The machine has recently had a near-to-exact replica ‘Upkeep’ bouncing bomb fitted, and the codes have been changed to AJ-M, those worn on the No 617 Squadron aircraft flown on the Ruhr dams raid by Flt Lt John Hopgood. Two of Hopgood’s crew — navigator Fg Off Ken Earnshaw and bomb aimer Flt Sgt James Frazer — were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Earnshaw and Hopgood were among the five fatalities when AJ-M crashed three miles from the Möhne Dam after being hit by flak during the attack. Fraser and the Australian rear gunner, Plt Off Anthony Burcher, survived to become prisoners of war.

(Photo credit: Dana Zielke)

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