The Lancaster Bomber F212 was brought to Windsor over forty years ago to “serve in a lifetime mission as a constant reminder to all our citizens and visitors, that 433 airmen from this area who gave the supreme sacrifice to save us from the tyranny of world aggressors.” Gerry Pouget wrote in the 2005 Veterans Day Magazine.
In August of 1964, the Lancaster was brought to Windsor as a memorial and a reminder to help Windsor never forget their heroes. It stood proudly in Jackson Park on the corner of Ouellette Avenue and Tecumseh Road East. Unfortunately its exposure to the elements was not good for the plane’s exterior.
The Windsor Historical Society, Veterans Memories Project was researching the names of those who gave the supreme sacrifice. People claimed that the 398 names were not correct. Five months of research proved this true and thirty-five more names were discovered for a total of 433 names with the help of Michael Gladstone White, local author and historian. Assisting the Blue Suits of the Lancaster Restoration Group, the Society worked tirelessly to remove the Lancaster from Jackson Park.
The plane was successfully removed from its pedestal to be restored in 2005 but first thousands of civilians and Veterans were able to explore the plane in its entirety before it was officially removed to Windsor International Airport. The plane in Jackson Park was replaced with a Spitfire and a Hurricane in flight positions overlooking the garden with the shadow of the Lancaster planted in plants below.