Lancaster R5727 Over Montreal

I could not believe my eyes when I saw those photographs. Click on them for a closer look.

 

I got curious to know more about R5727. Being a native-born Montrealer I could easily see some of Montreal’s landmarks.

I went further on my research and found this information on the Internet.

This is the source: http://www.bombercommandmuseum.ca/lanccanadian.html

They have a caption for this picture…

Lancaster R-5727 over Montreal 24 Aug. 1942

They also have this picture…

R5727, the pattern Lancaster, in Gander 23 August, 1942.

Excerpt

On September 18, 1941 a decision was made to build Lancasters in Canada and the first drawings arrived in January 1942. For a country still largely agrarian and just recovering from a decade of depression, the challenge was immense. 500,000 manufacturing operations were involved in building a Lancaster which was made up of some 55,000 separate parts even when engines and turrets were only considered as one and small items such as rivets, nuts, and bolts were not included. A Lancaster from England was flown across the Atlantic in August, 1942 to act as a “pattern” and a Crown Corporation named Victory Aircraft was formed to do the work in Malton, Ontario.

I posted my pictures on a Facebook group page. Then Jean Claude Charlebois reacted and posted these three “then and now” images…

Ending with this one with a comment…

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8 thoughts on “Lancaster R5727 Over Montreal

    1. Pierre Lagacé Post author

      Isn’t great.
      I figure that the Lancaster flew over Montreal on August 24, 1942.
      It was a Monday, laundry day in Quebec at that time.
      See the white lines… they are clotheslines!

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