If you are 550 ex-aircrew then the following may be of interest to you.
A friend of 550 Squadron Association is a 'Monday' Guide at the BBMF at RAF Coningsby, who will
give special attention to members of 550 Squadron Association when they visit.
So ... if you visit on a Monday it may well be possible to arrange an opportunity to go aboard
PA474 the BBMF Lancaster (subject to the condition it is in, on the day).
1. Make yourself known at the Visitor center reception and that you are 550 ex-aircrew.
2. Ask for Arthur Punchard.
There is no guarantee of access, but with luck, a fair wind and the hope that the BBMF Lancaster is not
undergoing refit/maintenance, or is otherwise out-of-bounds that day, then maybe you could get up close to PA474.