The site at Canwick Hill on the outskirts of Lincoln has been specifically chosen because of its central placing in an area which was deeply connected with the Bomber Command. RAF Waddington, which suffered the greatest losses of any Bomber Command station, is only 2.4 miles from the site and during WW2 an Avro factory, which made the Lancaster was located at Bracebridge Heath.
An important part of the location decision process was based on the inherent link between Bomber Command and Lincoln Cathedral. The Cathedral was of vital importance to the aircrews of Bomber Command as it was the last landmark many of them saw as they left Lincolnshire and for those who returned it was the sight that welcomed them back to the country. The Cathedral also plays host to the Rolls of Honour which lists the names of 25,611 men from Bomber Command who lost their lives flying out of the regions Command stations.
The Memorial will have a direct view of the Cathedral strengthening the link between the two structures.