New Patron for the appeal!
The Trustees of the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Appeal are delighted that Lord Trenchard, grandson of the “Father of the RAF” (Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Hugh Montague Trenchard, GCB OM GCVO DSO) has agreed to be one of the Patrons for the appeal. His great enthusiasm and connections, including his role as Chairman of the RAF Benevolent Fund, which his grandfather also founded, will be enormously helpful and the Trustees are extremely grateful for his support.
Vision for the Memorial
In order to ensure that future generations have access to the history of the Command and the County it is planned to have an Interpretation Centre alongside the actual memorial. Designs will include the main exhibition area, which will play host to roving exhibitions of Bomber Command Artefacts from around the world, a lecture room for a minimum of 30 people and possibly a café.
The concept brief has been sent out to all the registered architects and designers and their plans are being considered in an on-going process with the University of Lincoln.
The Exhibition will not only be a memorial to those who gave their lives (whose names will be engraved on the memorial), but will aim to give thecomplete story of the Command. It will provide a tribute to those aircrew who survived and to the backup teams of ground crew including engineers, fitters, armourers, planners and the designers and manufactures of the aircraft and weapons themselves. The centre would not be complete without an understanding of the effect of the bombing campaign on the German side, and the scale of the devastation and suffering that occurred.
As part of the process to recognise the contribution made by each of the RAF stations across the county an amount of soil from each station will be incorporated into the landscaping of the memorial. It is planned that within these plots each station will plant a native tree and have a plaque marking each stations losses.
Author joins in the campaign
Author Christopher Jory, whose stunning novel Lost in the Flames, has been very generous and has donated 30% of all book sales through the memorial’s on-line shop to the appeal. In addition he has donated three signed copies which will lead the sales.
Chris Jory is an Editorial Manager at Oxford University Press. This book is a tribute to Flying Officer John Ross of 186 Squadron RAF Bomber Command, and 55,572 others who shared his fate.
Children across the county will be invited to submit their designs for the second mug in the limited edition series. The design will need to incorporate the colours of the Command’s roundel used on the planes during WW2. Working with schools, clubs and youth groups the competition will be available to every child 11 and under. The winning design will then be printed on 250 mugs and will include the name and age of the child. These mugs will be available to purchase from May 31st 2013.
The launch for the Appeal will take place on 31st May 2013 at the Lincolnshire Aviation Museum, RAF East Kirkby. The Museum is home to the renowned Lancaster, Just Jane, in which visitors can pre-book the Taxy Ride which offers the chance to experience the Lancaster from a completely different point of view. You get to experience the vibrations, smells, sound and atmosphere of a real Lancaster Bomber operating on a real Bomber Command airfield in front of an original Control Tower providing you with the ultimate WW2 aviation experience. The venue provides a stunning and ideal background for the event. Look out on the web site and in your monthly newsletters for further updates.
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Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Office, Manor Farm, Holbeach Hurn, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE12 8LR
Registered Charity Number: 1144182
All postal donations should be forwarded to the above address.