Andrew Kindret (1922-1992) joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941. While serving as an air-gunner with No. 419 Squadron, his Lancaster was set on fire by enemy anti-aircraft fire over the German city of Dortmund. P/O Kindret was ordered to abandon the aircraft that exploded shortly after his parachute opened. He was captured and spent the remainder of the war as a P.O.W.
Following the war, Andy graduated from the Winnipeg School of Art and operated his own sign company until 1962. He then became the chief commercial artist for CKY-TV in Winnipeg where he remained until he retirement.
During retirement Andy found the time to complete his project of painting the aircraft that he came to know during his wartime service. The collection includes seven of the main aircraft used by Bomber Command and eleven of those that flew with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada. The two most renown aircraft of Fighter Command complete the twenty painting Collection.
The Bomber Command Museum of Canada is pleased to have made arrangements with the Kindret Family to acquire and display the “Andy Kindret Collection,” a very unique presentation of the aircraft flown by those who the museum seeks to honour. They have been beautifully and personally depicted by one who knew them well.