In early 1977 XJ823 was one of 9 a/c converted to B.2MRR (Maritime Radar Reconnaissance) for 27 Squadron at RAF Scampton. In April 1981 XJ823 was noted in service with 35 Squadron, with the TFR refitted. The 35 badge is on the starboard side of the fin.
A new brush of paint brings XV406 back in her former Treble One markings, coded 'D' between May 1974 and September 1976; coded 'M' in October 1977. The 228 OCU/ 64(R) Squadron code 'CK', though not visible in the photo, is on the nosewheel door.
The Sea Prince accommodated up to four trainee observers in the cabin. The T.1 was equipped with a Mk.19a ASV search radar. Two of the Indicating Type 28 CRTs can be seen, with one of the covers standing on the table.
WP314's flight deck is largely intact. This Sea Prince served with 750 Squadron (coded 577 and later 573) as a navigation and anti-submarine trainer from 1953 until retirement in May 1979. In June 1979 WP314 became a GIA at 1 SoTT, Halton (serial 8634M).
This prop was recovered from the sea off St. Bees in 1995 and obtained by the Solway Aviation Museum. This Lancaster flew six combat missions in 1943 before being transferred to training duties. It was on such a flight when it crashed into the Irish Sea.