Tucked behind a thin wood-line that almost hides it from the Trans-Canada Highway is a Canadian aviation treasure that few are aware of, or take the time to visit. One of the last surviving Lancaster bombers of the Second World War, in its last configuration as Royal Canadian Air Force photo reconnaissance aircraft, sits outside the Edmundston Airport in northern New Brunswick.View Google map.
The plaque erected at the site states:
AVRO Lancaster KB 882 Type 10 A.R.
Flew with RAF Bomber Command No. 6 Group, 428 Squadron, a Canadian formation on World War II. This aircraft flew eleven successful missions over enemy territory.
Kept in storage from 1945 until 1952, it was then used as a photo reconnaissance aircraft with the 408 Squadron at Rockcliffe, Ontario, until 1964. The KB 882 was flown to Edmundston on July 14, 1964, where it remains one of only three aircraft of this type in existence.
This monument was erected in September 1985 by 251 Madawaska Wing RCAFA in recognition for services rendered by the RCAF and its airmen during the two world wars.
From the Wikipedia article on surviving Lancasters, comes the following information:
Lancaster Mk 10P KB882 was built by Victory Aircraft in 1945 and delivered to Britain, the aircraft joined No. 428 Squadron RCAF in March of that year. Flown on six operational sorties over Germany, the aircraft was returned to Canada in June 1945 and entered storage. In 1952, the aircraft was modified to Mk 10P configuration and flew with No. 408 Squadron RCAF. In 1964, the aircraft was purchased by the City of Edmundston, New Brunswick and has since been on outside display at the Municipal Airport.