Saturday 15 August 2020

Lancaster Flypast at the RAF Museum, London

To mark the VJ75 Anniversary the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be making a flypast over the RAF Museum in London.

Avro Lancaster’s like the one due to fly over, were tasked to be part of Tiger Force an RAF long range bomber operation that would have deployed to the southern islands of Japan and have been part of lead up to the invasion of Japan. It was planned but never actioned as the Japanese surrendered on the 15 August 75 years ago.

The Lancaster is due over the Museum 11.30am on Saturday 15 August. Flypasts are subject to weather conditions so please see our website and social channels before visiting the Museum.

To visit the Museum, you will need to book a free admission ticket, please click below:
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Please note that we have limited parking, if you are driving to the Museum without an admission ticket please ensure you park and socially distance whilst on site. There is a parking charge if you stay for longer than 30 minutes.

Prisoner of War Radio

Curators Talk

Ewan Cameron, RAF Museum Curator at the collection store in Stafford, looks at an item in our collection that would have told prisoners of war that the war was over.

RAF experiences of VJ Day in the Far East


Andrew Dennis, RAF Museum Curator (Archive and Library), explores a collection of some RAF experiences of VJ Day in the Far East

Experiencing VJ Day in the East


These two RAF Veterans show very different emotions when recalling their experiences of VJ Day. Both Tony Whitehouse and Tim Elkington were stationed in the Far East when Japan surrendered on the 15 August 1945.

Discovering more RAF Stories

RAF Stories project has been recording the memories of those with any personal connection to the Royal Air Force. If you have any memories of VJ day or have any family connections, we’d love to add your story to our collection. To find out how to add your story visit:

Help us during these challenging times to continue our vital work looking after our remarkable collections and telling the stories of the tri-service. Your donation will be split equally between the three museums. If you would like to support the Commonwealth War Graves charitable arm, please consider joining their Foundation.