Today we were fortunate enough to spend the afternoon learning and paying homage to the countless
men of the air.
We were at the Lincoln Bomber Command Center. It’s a very new museum many years in the making. They’ve done an thoughtful job of presenting the information. The words of one monument tells why; rememberance, recognition, reconciliation. These 3 words were surrounding a globe that shows the impact on and by all nations.
The spire monument is a work of thoughtful art. It also tells a story in the design. The height equals the span of a Lancaster aircraft. The interior is reminiscent of aircraft light weight design and the center faces the Lincoln Cathedral; which was used as a focal point for navigation.
Surrounding the spire are many curved panels; made of the same material. These are covered by the names of all aircraft personnel who died during the second world war. An incredible amount of detailed research was undertaken to ensure correct records for this important monument.
The surrounding area has 27 newly planted trees; strategically placed to represent the squadrons of the Lincoln plains.
All along the pathway to the spire are plaques featuring names of those who have family or friends to remember them. Gone but not forgotten.
If you know where to look in the countryside you can spot airfield buildings that have been repurposed as is the case below with these Lancaster hangers.
The inside of the museum was equally impressive. The main floor highlighted the life of airman and the ground crews that worked so intricately with them.
The second floor dealt with the difficult life of the civilians in all the countries. There was a large section about evacuee children which we, of course, found interesting. There was also info about the British movement that was against indescriment bombing of civilians targets as well as highlights about how the RAF dropped food for the starving in Europe.
The site is rounded off with a gift shop and a nice little cafe; where we had warm up drinks as the hail, rain and wind outside were definitely nasty! The entire site is staffed by volunteers,except for one educational coordinator, which seems quite impressive. Our guide was phenomenal.
We learnt so many historical facts this afternoon. More important though is that we read names, stories and thought about the cost of war to the millions affected; especially those in the air who paid the ultimate price.