Motat Lancaster renamed in tribute to Kiwis
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.
New look: Motat’s Lancaster bomber gets new The Captain’s Fancy markings.