After months of waiting Tuesday 4th of July marked the day the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight would fly their Lancaster “The City of Lincoln” PA474 home to RAF Coningsby after months of extensive overhaul work carried out by the Aircraft Restoration Company at the Imperial War Museum Duxford who described the nine month project as “an honour and a privilege”.

Now wearing new livery in a split paint scheme she represents AR-L of 460 Sqn (Royal Australian Air Force)’s on her portside which flew from RAF Binbrook and was brought down by flak with the loss of all the crew during a daylight raid on flying bomb sites in France on August 3, 1944 and on her starboard side she is panted to represent a 50 Squadron aircraft VN-T which was flown by Flying Officer Douglas Millikin DFC the grandfather of the BBMF’s current Officer Commanding, Squadron Leader Andy Millikin.

Undergoing a full strip down in a specially built hanger at Duxford called the Stephenson Hangar the Lancaster has undergone a number of sheet metal repairs as well as brand new firewalls being fitted to three of the engines as well as a full repainted as mentioned above, earlier this week the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight tweeted “Seb tweeted: ‘Absolutely lovely to fly this old girl again today. She has been restored beautifully by @Aircraft_ARC at Duxford and flew like a dream.’