Avro Lancaster 1st Operational Sortie - 80th Anniversary.
On 2nd March 1942 the 1st operational sortie of the Avro Lancaster took off from RAF Waddington. The mission was to lay naval mines in Heligoland Bight. As I am sure you are aware the Lancaster went on to become the mainstay of RAF Bomber Command with 7377 built at 10 locations in the UK and Canada.
To commemorate the 80th anniversary of this event I have acquired the callsign GB80LAN to be used from 1st to 28thMarch 2022. I have also obtained permission from Ofcom for this call unusually to be used at 5 different locations, RAF Waddington, RAF Cosford, RAF Halton, RAF East Kirkby and RAF Coningsby. The first four locations have already confirmed they are happy to host the call and I am waiting to hear more regarding the BBMF at Coningsby. The RAF club stations at Waddington, Cosford, Halton and the Lincoln Short Wave club, who control the shack at East Kirkby (home of Lancaster “Just Jane”), will control operations at their locations. The event has the full backing of RAFARS.
A QRZ.com page has been set up and will be updated as more information is received.
I can also confirm that the callsigns VK80LAN and VE80LAN will be on the air to commemorate the anniversary. Plans are also underway that the three commemoration stations will try to establish contact via echo link to start off the event.
See the GB80LAN latest updates here on the website www.rafars.org/gb80lan/
Dave – G0KUC