Avro Lancaster KB889 at Duxford

Since the new website went live we have had a few enquiries regarding the whereabouts of the 360 panorama we created of the cockpit of Avro Lancaster KB889 at IWM Duxford. The panorama use to reside on thePanorama of the Monthsection of the old website; a section which no longer features on the new website.

I produced the panorama back in 2004 whilst creating a virtual tour of the American Air Museum at Imperial War Museum Duxford. During my visits to Duxford, I enquired about the possibility of photographing the interior of the Lancaster and the client happily agreed. I have been interested in aviation since I was a child, but the Avro Lancaster holds a particular fascination for me, having the pleasure to know a veteran of Bomber Command who flew Lancasters with 195 Squadron from Wratting Common in Cambridgeshire. 

Having recently produced a 360 panorama of the new Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London, I feel the two panoramas will reside nicely together. I hope people continue to enjoy viewing the Lancaster cockpit as much as I enjoyed photographing it and producing the panorama. I hope too, you will take the time to visit the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund website.

If you are interested to read more about the Avro Lancaster and the men who flew them, I can highly recommend ‘Luck and a Lancaster‘ by Harry Yates DFC, ‘No Moon Tonight‘ by Don Charlwood and ‘Tail Gunner‘ by Chan Chandler DFC. Martin Middlebrooks books, ‘The Battle of Hamburg‘, ‘The Berlin Raids‘ and ‘The Nuremberg Raid‘ all come highly recommended and provide an insight into the air war from all angles, from Commonwealth and German aircrew through to the civilians on the ground.

Philip Giles
Founder and photographer at Pan 3Sixty