My Dad who sadly has just recently gone to the 'big airplane playground in the sky' was a rear gunner in the Lancaster's in WWll & has also flown in the one @ this museum. When it was situated for display @ Perth Airport for many years we as small kids used to climb all through this majestic beast with Dad sneaking us through the wire barrier to sit in the cockpit, imagining stories of his missions & the dangers he faced. It was then relocated to this remarkable museum so it would never be forgotten again & over the course of time Dad volunteered many hours, & years, helping to restore her & the many others that are now proudly on display.
As a young adult I remember him bringing home the ‘big guns’ to strip down & clean & I still have the photo of us both holding them. Through Dad’s later years & towards the end it was the ‘’war stories’’ that he remembered the most & what he talked about which in itself was interesting as he never would when we were young children, perhaps the memories of the horrors he saw still too fresh in his mind. I again climbed through this old girl with him while they were restoring her & was in awe of how such a big man like my Dad could even fit in the rear gun turret, but fit he did, though with difficulty & for many long cold hours. It was the bravery of these men & others like him that we live as we do today.
This museum is testament to them & all the wonderful history of old, & even not so old, & it is a remarkable place to visit, wander through, to remember & even to learn from. Take your time as there is much to see & if you get a guide like my Dad who knows some of the stories even better & just remember all that you see has been lovingly restored by volunteers who give the time so we don’t forget.
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