Unsung Heroes – Vern Lancaster

Despite his surname Vern Lancaster DFC was a Spitfire pilot with four victories. He passed away recently at the age of 97 1/2. The half is very important once you reach that age!

The stills are from Vern’s album. I interviewed him for the Temora Aviation Museum in 2014.

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Vern in the cockpit of a 611 Squadron (RAF) Spitfire

Argus comic strip style article Sat Oct 28th 1944

It was quite an honour to have a cartoon strip of your exploits. The Argus was one of Melbourne’s newspapers. As you can see the cartoon quotes the 100th victory when it should have been the 999th.

611 Sqdn celebrates their 1000th kill

Vern (to the right of the lower blade) scored the squadron’s 999th victory.