Entering service in March 1942, for the last three years of the Second World War, the Avro Lancaster was the major heavy bomber used by Bomber Command to take the war to the heartlands of Nazi Germany. Described by Sir Arthur Harris, Commander-in-Chief of Bomber Command, as ‘the greatest single factor in winning the war’, Lancasters made a major contribution to Bomber Command’s night offensive, made even more incredible when the average age of the seven-man crew was only 22 years. They endured danger and discomfort and many showed great courage in continuing to fly knowing the odds against survival were high. Bomber Command suffered the highest casualty rate of any branch of the British services in the Second World War. Our magnificent Lancaster is the only one known to have successfully completed 37 sorties when the average was 21.
Your adoption details
By adopting one of our iconic items you are playing a crucial role in helping us share the greatest stories ever told.
Each adoptee will receive a digital image of their adoption along with a certificate. Recognition of the adoption, including your name and an optional dedication message, will be listed on Collections Online. You will also receive tailored communication throughout the year about your adoption! Click here to see an example of the certificate and digital image received with your adoption.
Once you have completed your adoption, your digital certificate and image will be emailed to you, please allow up to five working days. If you have made the adoption as a gift, details of the gift will be taken after purchase. We will send the certificate and image out to you, with the gift recipient’s name included, which you can then give as a present.
Adoptions last 12 months from the purchase date. The Museum may remove items from display temporarily or permanently for essential operational or conservation reasons. Please check on our website for current location if you are travelling to see your object.
If you would like to adopt an object in the Standard tier exclusively, please do email us.