Oldest surviving Lancaster Pilot Goes for One More Flight


Former Lancaster pilot Jack Finan, 95, of Stoney Creek,  stands at the controls of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s  Mynarski Memorial Lancaster as he talks to pilot Dave Rohrer before his flight in the bomber Saturday.

9 Comments on “Oldest surviving Lancaster Pilot Goes for One More Flight

  1. Hi there,

    I was wondering how I would be able to contact Mr. Finan. My grandfather James McLay was a rear gunner in a Lancaster bomber and I would like to see if they knew each other.

    Any info you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

    Stacy Mitchell

  2. My father Denis Evans is a former Lancaster pilot (170 squadron) – he will be 96 at the end of August. Perhaps he is the oldest surviving Lancaster pilot?

    • Clearly a journalistic slip up in the title…..while are heroes are in sharp decline, I’m sure there are many more Bomber Command pilots aged 95 or older. I have a friend (Canadian) that flew two tours of Ops. on Lancasters. Finishing up with the Pathfinders and flying right to the very end of the war in Europe, Bill is now fast approaching his 97th birthday. And I hope he makes it. He is one of the nicest men I have had the pleasure of knowing….

  3. Congratulations Mr Finan, I hope you have the opportunity to Kick a few more tires. Thanks for your service……

  4. My uncle Bill Stukus from Toronto flew in a Lancaster. He has passed on but thank you for memories.

    • Hi Mimi, I was not aware that Bill flew in Lancaster bombers.

  5. My Uncle Bernard Fitch DFC flew with 50/61 sqdrn from Skellingthorpe, Lincs. Sadly he died in 2011 but I always was trying to get him to Coningsby to see the BBMF. My mum (former wren at Bletchley park) goes now and saw Vera and Thumper last year.

  6. Donald W. Meredith, who is 95 years old, now living in Guelph, Ontario, was a Lancaster Bomber pilot in WW2 as well.

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