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Imperial War Museum, Duxford, England 

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Replica of the Lancaster Wireless Operator and Navigator Crew Position - Duxford Airspace Hangar

IWM replica of Lancaster fuselage

Replica of the Wireless Operator and Navigator section of the Lancaster fuselage.  Wireless Operator at left and Navigator at right

Wireless Operators position
Navigators position
Wireless operators position showing T1154 transmitter and R1155 receiver
Navigators position showing Gee Indicator Unit Type 62 at left, and the H2S Radar indicator unit and controller at right

Lancaster Wireless Op. & Navigators station

This exhibit is a full size replica of a cut-away section of the fuselage of a Lancaster bomber containing the Wireless Operator and Navigator crew positions.

It is located in the New Airspace Hangar in front of the IWM Canadian-built Victory Aircraft Lancaster bomber KB889 and contains some working equipment which can be demonstrated working (subject to suitable supervision).

The project was inspired by a smaller replica owned by DRS and the entire activity, from concept to completion, was project managed by Denis Willis RAF VR, DRS Vice-Chairman and Collections Manager.

The replica was built by a team of specialists from the Imperial War Museum Duxford (IWM) and from the Duxford Aviation Society (DAS).

The Duxford Radio Society (the DAS Radio Section) was responsible for project leadership and for the restoration and installation of the entire radio, Radar and navigation equipment.

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Equipment background story

The interior of the IWM Lancaster aircraft KB889 is still radioactive, due to the radium paint which was used on wartime instruments to make them glow in the dark.  As a result the aircraft is closed to the public and access is restricted to selected Duxford staff for short periods of time.

This means that the public is unable to see or experience the internal layout of the aircraft or the conditions under which the crew operated.

This replica of part of the Lancaster fuselage was constructed in order to provide the public with a realistic representation of selected crew positions from the interior of the aircraft.

All of the electronic equipment is real war-time RAF issue, and the only non-original parts are two dummy lead-acid accumulators.

Construction of the replica began in late 2005 and in January 2007 the exhibit was moved into position in the Airspace hangar for final assembly and system testing.

Conservation and restoration process

The replica fuselage section has been skilfully constructed by woodworking specialists, and other IWM staff have fabricated some of the mounting fittings and brackets.

The radio, navigation and Radar equipment has been jointly provided by the Duxford Radio Society and the IWM.

DRS volunteers have been responsible for the conservation and restoration of all the individual equipments.

As Project leader, Denis Willis was able to provide the essential mechanical and electrical guidance necessary, based on his personal experience with the equipment during World War 2.

Denis also personally restored back to working order a number of the individual equipments which make up the complete exhibit.

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V2.00 25-01-07
Updated 16-02-2007