Mo­tat Lan­caster re­named in trib­ute to Ki­wis

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE -

A Lan­caster bomber cut up for scrap me­tal af­ter World War II is now com­mem­o­rated at Mo­tat as a trib­ute to the Ki­wis who served in Bomber Com­mand.

The Cap­tain’s Fancy sur­vived the war and was in­tended as a per­ma­nent New Zealand memo­rial. In­stead it ended up as scrap. But mem­bers of the NZ Bomber Com­mand As­so­ci­a­tion have re­stored an­other Lan­caster housed at Mo­tat and given it the same mark­ings as The Cap­tain’s Fancy.

Vet­er­ans, de­scen­dants of bomber crews and dig­ni­taries from the Royal New Zealand Air Force, Royal Aus­tralian Air Force, Royal Air Force, Nether­lands Con­sul and Bri­tish High Com­mis­sion at­tended an un­veil­ing on Sun­day.

Bomber Com­mand was formed in 1936 within the Royal Air Force.

Air­men from Canada, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States served in the unit at­tack­ing Ger­man mil­i­tary re­sources and in­dus­try.

Al­most 2000 New Zealan­ders were killed in ac­tion while serv­ing with Bomber Com­mand.

Very few Lan­caster bombers sur­vived the war, es­pe­cially af­ter car­ry­ing out more than 100 op­er­a­tions over en­emy ter­ri­tory.

But The Cap­tain’s Fancy, flown by No 75 New Zealand Squadron, did just that. The air­craft was named af­ter a comic strip char­ac­ter and dec­o­rated with a car­i­ca­ture on its nose.

Grand un­veil­ing: Vet­er­ans and vol­un­teers see the un­veil­ing on Sun­day.

Pho­tos: RORY LAUBSCHER/FIRE­FLY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

New look: Mo­tat’s Lan­caster bomber gets new The Cap­tain’s Fancy mark­ings.

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