Ledger Stone in Lincoln Cathedral

Dedicated to all the men and women of Bomber command who "gave their lives in the defence of our liberty"


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The Avro Manchester

The Avro Manchester was a fine all-metal airframe marred by extremely unreliable Rolls-Royce Vulture engines.


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364,514

The number of operational sorties flown during World War 2

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6,680

Tons of food dropped over Holland in 1945 as part of Operation Manna

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25,611

Bomber Command Aircrew who lost their lives flying from Lincolnshire and adjacent airfields

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55,573

Bomber Command Aircrew killed on Operations during World War 2

Casualties

Serving with the RAF Bomber Command there were many casualties from supporting countries.


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The Avro Lancaster

The Avro Lancaster was an extremely fine aircraft renowned for its durability and lack of vices, fitted with four of the tried and tested Rolls-Royce Merlin engines.


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28%

of aircrew killed were from countries other than the UK

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70%

Of aircrew died, were taken prisoner or were injured between 1939 and 1945

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3,491

Aircraft lost from Lincolnshire

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125,000

Aircrew served in Bomber Command during World War 2

RAF Waddington

During the war, RAF Waddington had more casualties than any other Bomber Command airfield.


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Aircrew

Although conscription was in effect all aircrew were volunteers.


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The Armstrong Whitworth Whitley

The Armstrong Whitworth Whitley was obsolete by 1941 and was an all-metal bomber with a crew of 5 and turrets very similar to the Wellington.


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