John Rutherford Collection
Commissioned for the museum's tribute to the RCAF's post-war Lancaster crews and unveiled at its "Lancs in the Fifties" event in 2008, the painting depicts an operation during Lancaster FM-159's service with No. 407 Maritime Reconnaissance Squadron. During 1955, the Royal Canadian Navy cruiser HMCS Ontario had travelled through the Panama Canal and was en route to Esquimalt, British Columbia. Lancasters of No. 407 Squadron provided an escort and engaged in simulated attacks so that the ship's crew could hone their anti-aircraft gunnery skills. The painting was unveiled by Duke Dawe who was the flight engineer aboard RX-159 that day.