"Just Jane" was built by Austin Motors
at Longbridge near Birmingham, in April 1945 and given the
serial number NX611, she was destined as part of the RAF's
Tiger Force in the Far East. However, Japan's early surrender
meant these aircraft were suddenly surplus to requirements
and, instead of seeing service, NX611 ended up in storage at
Llandow. There she stayed until 1952. From then on, a
chequered career followed including time in a maritime patrol
role in France.
Eventually, Fred and Harold Panton had
decided to purchase a Second World War Bomber to commemorate
their brother, Christopher, who was killed in action for
Bomber Command during the 2nd world war.
moves towards restoring one of her four engines were made in
1993. Two ex RAF engineers were brought in to do the job. They
began work on No3 engine. Although it had been idle for 22
years, they were confident they could bring it back to life.
After about seven hundred man hours and at a cost of £7000 the
engine was finally ready. This work was then completed for all
four engines and they now at a fully operational taxiing
There are now plans to slowly return the
bomber to flight, although work can only take place during the
off-season when the Lancaster is not required to perform for
the public at East Kirkby. This image was taken on an evening
photography session, where the aircraft performs regular taxi
runs. This is the only place in the World where a Lancaster
Bomber can be seen on an original bomber command airfield.
https://www.lincsaviation.co.uk/ for details.