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Weʼre raising £5,000 to Help fund the recovery of "Easy Elsie" the last surviving Avro Lancaster of the famous Dambusters from Sweden back to the UK

Chesterfield, UK

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On 29 October 1944, staggering through the air on only two engines; a badly damaged Avro Lancaster of 617 Sqn (The Dambusters) crash landed in marshland in northern Sweden after bombing the German battleship Tirpitz.

Forgotten by most since that day, this once proud machine has been ravaged by war, time, vandals and souveneir hunters. This Lancaster is NF920, known more commonly by the name her crew gave her - 'Easy Elsie'.

We intend to bring 'Easy Elsie' home to the UK, and preserve her as an enduring memorial to all bomber aircrew lost on operations during WW2 as the last of her kind used by the famous 617 Sqn, and as a tribute to the bravery of her own crew on that last mission in nursing their crippled aircraft through mountainous terrain to a safe haven. While fortunate to survive the crash and the war, the last of those courageous men passed away in 2008.

Of all the 21 Lancasters known to survive in any form, only 6 are known to have flown in combat, and 'Easy Elsie' is the only one to have carried the 12,000lb Tallboy bomb developed by Sir Barnes Wallis.

Due to its remote nature and restrictions due to the fragile nature of the environment she lays in, a large part of the recovery will require the Lancaster's remains lifting out by air.

The majority of this effort is self funded but donations will go a long way to getting "Easy Elsie" on her way to finishing her last mission - albeit some 75 years late.

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  • Richard Woods2 years ago
    Richard Woods

    Richard Woods

    2 years ago

    A site survey has been done, and Easy Elsie seems to have weathered 2018 without further damage or pilfering. But the sad truth is we're still a way off target as winter beckons, so we're planning for 2019 to bring her home. As always things move more slowly than you want. The media and other sources don't seem interested in this story - once you show them what once was a proud Lancaster rather than something that visibly still is; they lose interest. The brave men of Bomber Command used to "Press on Regardless" and so shall we.

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  • John Collier

    John Collier

    May 7, 2020

    Always thought about all of these Lancasters laying around Russia and Norway.

  • Tom H-T

    Tom H-T

    Apr 29, 2020

    Wonderful cause and here's hoping she can return home where she belongs as soon as possible as a living memorial to the bravery of those who took part in the mission.


  • Michael Measor

    Michael Measor

    Feb 25, 2020


  • Paul Williams

    Paul Williams

    Feb 24, 2020


  • John Laws

    John Laws

    Feb 22, 2020

    We need her back. It would be sad if the only 617 Lanc was allowed to decay into a pile of dust.


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    Feb 22, 2020


  • Clare Mumford

    Clare Mumford

    Feb 10, 2020

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Richard Woods

Richard Woods

Chesterfield, UK

Hi, I'm Rich Woods. I'm a long time aviation enthusiast with a couple of restoration projects of late being an Avro Shackleton and a Gloster Meteor. But for the past 20 years I have been working towards the recovery of the last Lancaster that belonged to the "Dambusters" .

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