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Chelsea Football Club Adopts RAF Lancaster Aircraft

The Avro Lancaster was one of 13 aircraft available for adoption.

Chelsea Football Club has adopted a Royal Air Force aircraft as part of the 'Adopt an Artefact' programme.

The Avro Lancaster was one of 13 aircraft available for adoption from the RAF Museum.

The programme was started in July and offers the opportunity to adopt more than 50 objects within the museum's collection.

The RAF Museum says the club's adoption of the aircraft is a sign of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's support of the museum's 'Hidden Heroes' project.

The Premier League football club has adopted the Lancaster in the name of the Jewish personnel who served in the RAF during the Second World War, many of who flew Lancasters with Bomber Command.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said the partnership is part of the club's 'Say No To Anti-Semitism' campaign.

Squadron Leader Lawrence 'Benny' Goodman (left) and Petr Cech (right) CREDIT RAF MUSEUM
Squadron Leader Lawrence 'Benny' Goodman meeting former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech (Picture: RAF Museum).

"We have become convinced that education is absolute key to make a difference," Mr Buck said.

"We are proud to support this initiative and to support people to learn more about Jewish history in World War Two.

"There can be no place in our society for antisemitism or any form of discrimination – and we are determined to join with others to tackle this vital cause."

Maggie Appleton, CEO of the RAF Museum, said: "For the last three years of the Second World War, the Avro Lancaster was the major heavy bomber used by Bomber Command to take the war to the heartlands of Nazi Germany.

"This adoption acknowledges the great courage shown by RAF personnel who continued to fly knowing the odds against survival were high."