Many here, I see, have a family connection to Bomber Command. In my case, it's my grandfather's uncle, a man named RW 'Jack' Purcell who was a navigator with 467 Squadron. Jack was killed over Lille in May 1944. My father - a history teacher - showed me Jack's logbook when I was a young lad. After that, I never really stood a chance... I've now been digging into the story of Jack and his crew for more than two decades, writing about what I have discovered on my website (www.somethingverybig.com). I keep telling myself I'll put it all into a book, one of these days...
Researching and writing is emphatically not what I'm trained in, though I did have some work published in the first edition of Bomber Command: Failed to Return (Fighting High, 2011). Professionally I'm an air traffic controller in Melbourne. Shift work enables time to go and talk to as many Bomber Command veterans as I can, and I'm honoured to be able to call a number of them close friends.
A single, coordinated, worldwide resource about Bomber Command like the IBCC's digital archive has been a very long time coming. I'm looking forward to playing my little part in its creation.
I am now retired and have had a lifelong interest in Bomber Command. I have just completed an MA in Air Power, History, Theory and Practice at the University of Birmingham. My thesis addressed various aspects of the Strategic Bombing Campaign against Germany. My next project is a PhD covering Canadian, Australian and New Zealand contributions to that aerial campaign.
I served for almost 30 years in the RAF with tours in HQ's, main operating bases and front line squadrons as well as 13 operational deployments. I've continued my association with the Service and feel that that centres such as the IBCC have an important part to play in preserving an important part of our national history and as such I am keen to contribute as much as I can.
I have a keen interest in military history and have had the privilege of meeting a number of WW2 veterans over the years, all of whom have been hugely engaging with stories worth listening to and recording for posterity.
I am a retired primary school teacher taking early retirement in 1998. Since then I have worked, part- time, for Hull University and the County Council's Highway Department. My interest in the Air Force started when I was at school and I failed a medical for an R.A.F. Scholarship at Cranwell. I did serve in 2506 Squadron of the R.A.F Regiment Reserve at RAF Scampton for about 3 years. I had to leave as I injured my back whilst on exercise. This still bothers me today and I have had 2 operations on it recently.
At present I am secretary of the senior section at a local golf club and also secretary of the Lincolnshire branch of the retired members association of a teachers union.
I have always been interested in history and have extensively researched mine and my wife's family tree. I heard about this project on Radio Lincolnshire and have enjoyed the research involved and I look forward to being involved with the project to its completion.
Coming from a Royal Air Force family, I'm keen on anything at all to do with the military and the RAF in particular. My mother and father both served during WW2 and my brother and I also served - although he completed far longer than the 14 years that I managed!
Initially, I was trained as a ground radio/ground radar technician and was lucky enough to travel all over RAF Lincolnshire, as well as the rest of the world, installing and fixing anything from portable radios, to airfield navigational aids, to air defence radar systems. In 1990, I was fortunate enough to take a change of direction, as I got the opportunity to complete, what turned out to be, my last tour of service, on the RAF's Video Production and Media Training Unit, based at RAF Newton just outside Nottingham.
Apart from a brief stint working for the Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, I have remained in the video/TV/audiovisual world ever since and currently run my own video and AV production business, filling in any gaps in my schedule, as a freelance broadcast cameraman and as a volunteer with another veterans' organisation.
Recording 'oral history' accounts is something that I believe is important and that I've been passionate about for some time and in doing so, you get to meet so many wonderful people who have such interesting tales to tell.
I shall look forward to offering
my spare time and I hope that my services as a cameraman and editor can be of
I first became involved with the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial after hearing Dave Gilbert on the radio asking for volunteers to help with the database of crews lost while flying from Lincolnshire airbases. As soon as I started on my list I became fascinated with the amount of information there was to be gathered. I soon found myself on an amazing learning curve finding out about major CWGC sites, memorials, OTUs etc. I have no connection with the RAF except being born and raised in Bomber County and having a keen interest in aviation heritage. Last summer I spent a lot of time following 'Vera' around the country and also developed an interest in aviation photography. I am very pleased we are at long last getting a memorial in the county for the great sacrifice made for our freedom and look forward to being involved in other aspects of the project.
Hello everyone. I'm an English-Dutch/Dutch-English professional translator in Wiltshire, brought up in Holland, and author of forthcoming book on my search for information about my Dutch uncle killed in Nazi-Occupied Holland. During this research I learnt about Bomber Command planes flying across the Dutch province of Friesland, where my family lived and where I visited the graves of RAF airmen. I have assisted a Dutch amateur historian in making contact with the family of an RAF airman in the UK, whose story we would like to contribute to the IBCC archive. I would like to help by translating/summarizing Dutch documents/personal testimonies into English or English documents into Dutch.
Hello! I am currently reading History at the University of Lincoln and have held a long term interest in the RAF. Though none of our immediate family served with the RAF both of my Grandfathers served in both the Royal Navy and the Armed forces.
There are certain aspects of this project in which I feel are incredibly vital such as recording oral history, which I would love to of some use in.
I am currently reading History at the University I have a long term interest in the RAF and the bomber command in particular. My grandfather served in RAF Scampton just after the war and my distantly related namesake was in the 630 Squadron. He operated in the 630 squadron as a wireless operator/air gunner until perishing over Berlin in 1944. I am very keen in developing and helping this project to remember the brave souls of bomber command.
I served in the RAF for 30 years and have lived in Lincolnshire for almost half my life. I still work full time for the RAF at the RAF College Cranwell. Volunteering for the IBCC seemed like a good way to honour those that went before me in the RAF.
Although not directly linked to Bomber Command, my husband is currently serving as an engineer in the RAF and my grandfather served during WWII in the Polish arm of the Royal Navy on submarines so the military is a key part of our family life. I had the privilege of supporting the former Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire and became aware of the Memorial through him. I now have time to be a volunteer areas and look forward to learning more about the history of Bomber Command.
Having been the proud nephew of my late uncle, who served as a Navigator during World War 2, flying from RAF Hemswell, I often listened to his accounts of the operations that he took part in. Although limited to child hood snap shots of memory, the subject has continued to fascinate me. Having lived in Lincolnshire for many years and having my families roots, on my fathers side, firmly planted in this great county, my interest has only grown and the thirst to find out more has never waned.
I feel that this memorial and associated aspects are extremely important, to not only commemorate the great effort and sacrifice that took place, but to celebrate this counties involvement in a very vital part of our country's history.
My family were sea farers for the most part and were either too old to play a part in the two World Wars or had Reserved Occupations, which kept them out of harm's way....my great uncle decided to buck the family trend and enlisted in the RAF on the outbreak of war....he was just the right age unfortunately.... 21. He volunteered for flying training and within a year or so, he was sent off to Canada as part of the Empire Air Training scheme. He did well...so well that he became an instructor on Anson's. It's a great pity he didn't stay in Canada as he surely would have come home. Alas the winds of war whistled through his conscience and he joined an active Bomber Squadron at RAF Fiskerton in Lincolnshire at the height of the Ruhr Offensive. He lasted just three weeks before he was shot down over Holland. He was two weeks shy of his 25th birthday. My family and I still cherish his memory but many have been forgotten.... As time takes its toll on our veterans and their immediate families. That's why this work is so important to our social and military history.... We forget it at our peril.
I am retired and for some time have been looking for a volunteer role that would fit with my interest in history, particularly military history, and the IBCC project would appear to be ideal. During my working life I gained an honours degree with the Open University, majoring in History and also completed a two year part-time course with Hull University in regional and local history purely out of interest with no connection to my working life.
Ex Army and RAF 26 years service. MA (hons) in Ancient History and Archaeology St Andrews 2006. Semi retired professional pilot, ATPL 9,800 hours. Experienced and frequent public speaker. Interviewed on Breakfast TV Jan 2016. First Aid/First Responder, local Lincolnshire library trustee. Fellow of Royal Institute of Navigation and Member Royal Aeronautical Association. Trained photo interpreter/analyst (Int Corps). Passed Institute of Advanced Motorists and LGV licence. DBS check.
Having served for over 25 years in the RAF I am keen to see that the memories of those extremely brave Aircrew live on forever, delighted to see at last that there is a fitting tribute being built on Canwick Hill for all to see
I’ma currently serving member of the Royal Air Force working on 29 Reserve Squadron at RAF Coningsby. As a Weapons Technician (Armourer) by trade I have always had an interest in the mission Bomber Command carried out in WW2, not only from the aircrew’s perspective but also the ground crew’s. When I first moved to Lincolnshire I read a book called ‘Lincolnshire Airfields in the Second World War’ by Patrick Otter. This is an excellent book that reveals a lot about how bomber command operated at base level. I have previously served on 12 Bomber Squadron which through out WW2 was based mainly at RAF Binbrook and RAF Wickenby. The history of this squadron in particular interests me as two members of the squadron Flying Officer Garland and Sergeant Gray both posthumously received the Victoria Cross. I hope I can in anyway help to make the International Bomber Command Centre a place where people can remember the bravery and dedication of these airmen.
Semi retired and looking for interests.
After my RN service, I spent over 30 years in NHS as a Senior HR Manager responsible for Medical and Dental recruitment and staffing matters in teaching hospitals in London, the South West and the south coast.
My interest in IBCC was ignited when I helped raise money for the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, principally because of my father's wish that the members of Bomber Command killed in action should be commemorated. His brother, Jim Brodie, was the pilot of Lancaster LL955, part of 106 Squadron and shot down and killed over Netherlands on 22.6.1944.
Now that the BCMemorial is achieved, I should like to do more and help those members still alive to tell their stories. Time is running out for this.
I've been interested in history as long as I can remember. Being brought up on RAF camps from birth till nearly 18, I couldn't help but absorb the history of the RAF. In my early teens I lived at RAF Binbrook at the time when there was a reunion of 460 RAAF Squadron. The memorial in the village was unveiled, covered by local BBC news. So many veterans and their wives travelled from Australia for the event. The Battle of Britain Lancaster stood outside one of the hangers for several days. My dad took me and my brother up to see it, and we could go on board. I couldn't get right to the cockpit as there were two veterans sitting there. Strange to think I was stood near men who may have known the 460 Sqn crewmen I have been researching! I was in the church choir so was involved a very little bit over that week. I talked to some of the wives. They said how important get togethers like that were. Their husbands tended not to talk about their experiences to others. When they all met together they didn't need to talk, they all just knew.
Well, all that had me truly hooked on the Lancaster and Bomber Command with a particular interest in the Australian contribution.
Though not a Yellowbelly I still live in Lincolnshire, not far from the former RAF Faldingworth, Wickenby and Hemswell Cliff.
I have learnt more about the creation of the International Bomber Command Centre in recent months, and wish that my father was still alive to watch it's development. He was a navigator with a Pathfinder Squadron of Bomber Command and in his later years he did talk to his family a little about his experiences. They made for fascinating listening and like others I wish I had asked more questions. An opportunity to volunteer with IBCC would enable me to learn more about his wartime world.
I took early retirement from the Civil Service in 2012, and that enabled me spend more time becoming involved in my husband's great interest in 2nd WW veterans and their stories. We regularly drive veterans to reunions, meetings etc., so I already knew quite a number of them, and when my husband became a volunteer for IBCC I decided that I would volunteer as well, specifically to do oral history recordings with Bomber Command Veterans. Although I've heard parts of their stories over the years in general conversation, this gave me the opportunity to hear and record some really interesting - and often amazing - detail. I really enjoy it, and I think the veterans do too. It's good to know that their very personal memories will be saved for future generations to hear, and to give recognition for what they, and their friends who sadly did not return, actually did in Bomber Command. At the last count I've done 25 recordings, with hopefully lots more to come.
This picture is of one of my favourite interviewees, W/O Ron Tomlin, 10 Squadron, who told me some great stories of what it was actually like to ditch in the sea, be rescued off the French coast by the Germans, and his subsequent experiences as a POW.
I have always had a keen interest in Bomber Command as my late grandfather served with 51 and 578 Squadrons in 4 Group as an Engine Fitter. In addition my late uncle was ground crew with 15 Squadron at Mildenhall. As a result, my interest was sparked at a young age and has never left me. I have researched various Bomber Command crashes near to my home in Suffolk and over the years have corresponded with a number of survivors from those incidents and researched those who sadly did not survive. I am a volunteer at a local aviation museum and also have a passion for the history of the USAAF 8th Air Force. I have assisted with research for a number of books and look forward to assisting with this very worthwhile cause where I can.
I have recently taken early retirement from Sheffield Hallam University.where I was a Course Leader for nursing. Having moved to Lincoln.I wanted to expand my interest in Bomber Command and those who served. I am learning such a lot and hopefully making a useful contribution to the project.
My father, Fred Jones, was a pilot in Bomber Command. He was in 44 Squadron. He was shot down over Germany in May 1940 and spent the rest of the war as a POW. He escaped three times but was re-captured on each occasion. He wrote coded letters back to a friend in London; he thought that this was the reason for him being able to continue as a pilot after the war. He left the RAF in 1959 when he got married and then ran his own business. He lived a long life and died after a very brief illness at the age of 90. I have his pilot's log books (all in beautful copperplate). I've done some of my own research, including going to the National Archives in Kew a few years ago, where I found a questionnaire that he filled out when he was on his way home from Germany.
Always been an avid aviation enthusiast. Although from southern Irish background my uncle James Nyland served with the RAF during WW2 as a midupper gunner on Lancasters serving on 100 and 166 squadrons. He unfortunately was killed in 1943 returning from a raid in Germany, when the aircraft lost its way and crashed into a hillside near Caistor. My wife served for 30 years in RAF as an engineer and helped me to discover more information about my uncle. Am happy to be involved in a great project
Like many of the volunteers here I have a lifelong passion for RAF history and military aviation and would love to be involved in the IBCC's project to preserve the memory of those who served with Bomber Command.
I live in Lancashire but am able to travel to the Cumbria and North/West Yorkshire areas if required
I read, research and write aircrew biographies for families whose relatives have served in the wartime RAF at home and abroad. Their experiences saw them serve in the UK, France, Italy, North Africa and the Far East and they served as: Pilot, Navigator, Wireless Operator, Air Gunner, Flight Engineer and WAAF (Signal/Cypher officer). During my research I've interviewed and corresponded with veterans in this country and abroad.
After some time in pilot training, I went on to university and then on to a long career as a Manager for Electricity North West. I have wide experience giving talks and presentations so would be very happy to offer assistance in the following areas:
- education support (talks/ presentations).
- proof reading
Having met several veterans already, I can say that it is always a pleasure and (for me personally) an immense privilege to talk to them and hear their stories. I look forward to meeting and hopefully working with you in the near future.
Having studied History to MA level, I have always had an interest in the subject but I did not currently use my degree in my job. So this is a wonderful opportunity to use my skills to help a brilliant project. I lived on what was formally RAF Skellingthorpe and in my spare time I have undertaken a research project of the area. I have a huge interest in Bomber Command and WW2 and love finding out the social histories of the people who gave their lives for our country.
I have a degree in history and a Masters in Information Management and Preservation. I like getting opportunities to learn new skills but also help others with researching and the preservation of history. I have volunteered for different organisations, I've had a few projects dealing with WW1; digitising military tribunals for Tower Hamlets in which I learned about all the old jobs people used to have; project for the Scottish Refugee Council "Lest We Forget: Refugees Then and Now" dealing with the Belgian refugees and their parallel stories to today's refugees. I have yet to be involved in a project involving WW2 and I am ready to volunteer in a research or admin based way.
My father was a pilot on Wellingtons and Lancasters, but, like so many youngsters, I simply didn't bother to ask. However, I was always interested in history and studied for a BA(Hons) in Modern History, where I became increaslingly interested in military history, particularly military aviation history. For the past 6 years I haved been PRO for The Bomber Command Aircrew Veterans Group (Sussex), organising fundraising mostly with 'signings', talks, etc. and also social events for the veterans in 'my care'. The group has raised over £60,000 towards the London Bomber Command memorial (even more doing 'signings' in small groups at airshows), and has recently decided they want to support the IBCC project. I never cease to be amazed by 'my guys' - all now well into their 90s. One of them, Bill Lucas, aged 98, is now the oldest living holder of a British gallantry award in the world (so I am reliably informed!). The guys are really excited by the archive project, with the thought that the legacy of the young men of Bomber Command will be preserved for the future generations. And one thing I always notice is that it is always about their friends who didn't make it, never about them. What a privilege to count these men among my friends!
I love history and I worked for the MoD - mostly supporting the RAF - for 25 years. I am now retired from the MoD, but keep busy as an historical researcher. I have always felt a great admiration for those brave airmen of Bomber Command, and would love to be able to help promote, in any way, a greater awareness of their incredible bravery at a time when our small island was under attack. I live just outside Lincoln and have visited the site off Canwick HIll for one of the Tours, which where I learned of the opportunities available for volunteers.
I have always been interested in aviation especially WW2, for various reasons. Originally from Driffield, East Yorkshire, my father told me about the RAF station there during the war, and classrooms at my Pocklington school overlooked the runways. My bedroom ceiling was decorated with WW2 Airfix models, and I went to air shows with my parents and a friend whose father was a Squadron Leader. I now live on what used to be RAF Hawkinge in Kent.
My interest in Bomber Command stems from research into the RAF career of my mother's cousin. He completed a tour with 61 Sqdn. and, after time on OTUs, volunteered for the Pathfinders. He joined 83 Sqdn. and was kia on 10/5/44.
After several years working in admin. and materials control roles on major construction projects in the UK and overseas, I moved to Kent to work on construction of the Channel Tunnel. After four years I transferred to Eurotunnel and retired last year.
Although my working life was involved in both Civil & Military Avionic Support none of my relatives were involved in the RAF during WW2 however one of my distant cousins was transferred from the RN to the newly formed RAF on 31st March 1918.
Since retiring I have joined the U3A and one of the Groups I am involved with is the Aviation History Group which visits various aviation based museums where I sometimes see equipment displayed which was current during my working life.
I have a retained my interest in software where I was involved in writing programs for the automatic testing of avionic equipment and later in commercial systems. I now act as Webmaster for Bourne U3A and also write plugins to obtain specialist reports from my family history database.
As a keen Family Historian I have experience in researching on line and in Record Offices and hope that my expertise could be used to support the LBCM project.
Able to offer digital transcript services and the like, I am involved in some local committee & webmaster roles with a personal interest in [online] connectivity using computer & internet technology that I hope will continually improve the access provided.
In so much, please direct your browser to,
https://goo.gl/bSEz2g - my suggested AHK script screen layout*
https://autohotkey.com/download/ to install & use AutoHotKey with my 'IBCC transcribers script' on,
https://goo.gl/PSXTpe [also for download] and what is simply double-clicked to run once AHK is installed.
The list of hotkey commands as seen in the right of the screenshot is found on, https://goo.gl/wKXata
*It's for 16:9 ratio display. If you have a 21:9 ultrawide screen you can of course easily have three full A4 portrait windows side by side.
Ask me anything :)
I moved to Lincolnshire 5 years ago to be near the Lancaster and to make a contribution to keeping alive the memory of the men of Bomber Command. I work occasionally at the BBMF Visitor Centre and by volunteering at the IBCC, in research, interviewing and as transcription coordinator I have realised both my dreams.
As a little aside, I am a guide at RAF Digby and also put on exhibitions at the BBMF Visitor Centre. I love interviewing the incredible veterans and have met three Dambusters as well as one of the men who escaped during the 'Great Escape'. I enjoy travelling and visiting places associated with Bomber Command - Kaafjord where the Tirpitz was moored, V weapon sites and Stalag Luft III, etc.
I feel honoured to be involved in the IBCC and the wonderful Memorial.
I am a Bomber Command Researcher and I first got interested in the subject when I would look through my cousin's logbook when I was 9 and 10 and look in awe at the entries of German cities, the letters from the Air Ministry and the old photographs. No one in my family seemed to know what had happened to Sgt Jack Hougham who was shot down returning from Cologne on 9th July 1943. In my mid twenties I took the first steps in trying to find out more about him. Some 20 years later back in 2013 I was fortunate to have my first book published called 'Lancaster Bale Out' that finally answers the questions I wanted to know as a young boy.
I find research in this area a very fulfilling experience and enjoy making connections and filling in the gaps for other families who wish to know more about what happened to their relatives, especially if I can manage to get hold of period photos of the airmen concerned. I'm working on my next book now about the Stirling bomber.
Bill Chorley has set the benchmark for Bomber Research with his classic 'Bomber Command Losses' volumes but the IBCC concept should take that to the next level now and I'm looking forward to seeing it develop.
Hi, having grown up in Bomber country and having had a father who served in the RAF, I've had a life long passion for learning and promoting the history of the RAF. I currently live in Staffordshire where I am curator of a military museum. I have a BA in History and a Post Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. I couldn't resist the opportunity after seeing your plea in a recent email for people to get involed, and know from experience the value which volunteers play to organisations. This memorial center is something which the city of Lincoln and the county have needed for many years and I would like to help it achieve its aims and objectives so as to forever preserve the history of those brave men.
I trained as a pilot initially with the Air Training Corps and eventually became a commercial pilot via the civilian route. I served as an RAF reserve instructor for 15 years as a Flight Lieutenant but I am now partially retired as a flight instructor and examiner at Humberside Airport. I have been interested in Bomber Command from a very early age, really as long as I can remember. One of my relatives served with the RCAF flying Halifaxes from Skipton on Swale during 1944 and 1945 completing 36 operations.
I have served for nearly 40 years as a civil servant and am now partially retired. I have been interested in many aspects of history and I have a special interest in the RAF and Bomber Command, which comes with living in Lincolnshire. I am a qualified pilot and hold a PPL.
Both of us hope to pass on our knowledge and skills to future generations and help to keep the memory of Bomber Command alive.
I head up the Database project and it's a great privilege to be involved. We are now a 100-strong team and between us we have committed over 3600 hours to creating a database of the 26000+ servicemen who are named in the Lincoln Cathedral Rolls of Honour. So far the project has taken around 18 months and we have now captured many of the details of these men (and a few women) ALL of whom volunteered to become aircrew despite the breathtaking losses that Bomber Command incurred. They were more likely to die than any other force in either world war- even more likely than a soldier in the trenches of the Somme- yet still they volunteered. For that they deserve our total respect.
I am delighted that you've chosen to join one of our project teams and I'm absolutely certain you will find it one of the most absorbing, fascinating and emotional journeys you have ever been on. I know I have!
There is still much to do, extending for several more years as we encompass all Bomber Command losses, whether incurred in Lincolnshire or not. The end result will be the most comprehensive and accurate record to these courageous young souls in existence.
I joined the RAF in 1957 and after initial and trade training was posted to RAF Negombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) for 2.5 years. On the 1st March 1960, I was returning to the UK at the end of my tour in the Far East, but unfortunately my aircraft crashed at night into the Indian Ocean during a fierce tropical storm. For my experiences I was granted membership of The Goldfish Club in that my life was saved due to the use of the Mae West and a rubber survival dinghy.
In 1960 I was posted to RAF Waddington where I served for 4 years. Those four years where hard, but during this period my wife and I fell in love with Lincoln and our first two children were born at Nocton Hall.
In 1964 I was posted to HQ Allied Air Forces Central Europe, Fontainebleau, Nr Paris. (quite a nice posting!). In 1966 I had completed my 9 year engagement, but due to injuries received in my ditching incident, further service was refused.
On discharge I joined the West Midlands Police in which I served until retiring in 1994.
I now enjoy a happy retirement with my lovely wife of 54 years, four beautiful daughters, nine grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Now at the age of 76 I have discovered a new love as a volunteer for the IBCC - I have a spring in my step!
I retired from the RAF in 1983 after serving 24 years in Trade Group 17 - Secretarial. A short tour at RAF Coningsby in 1961 introduced me to Bomber Command and I later served 3 years at RAF Waddington after tours in Washington DC and The Netherlands. I have been a supporter and member of the Lincs Lancaster Association since 1988. Having some time on my hands I would like to show my total support for the IBCC and help in any way that I can. 'Bomber County' has been my home for the last 44 years.
Lifelong interest in aviation. Currently researching airmen from the counties of Northumberland & Co. Durham who served in both World Wars and also those from all services listed on WWI Memorials in & around the Newcastle area.
Having taken Voluntary Redundancy after 30 years in the Civil Service in London, I have recently returned from four years living in Spain, moving to Bomber County. I have had a lifelong interest in aviation history, the RAF and Bomber Command in particular. I have previously volunteered in my spare time at the RAF Museum, Hendon. This involved conservation work on their Lancaster, editing and producing the Museum's Society of Friends' newsletter and being a member of the Society of Friends' General Purposes and Executive Committees. Last year I was able to fulfil an ambition of a life time when I had the great privilege of flying on board the Canadian Lancaster for an hours flight when the aircraft was in UK; flying around Lincolnshire, taking off and landing back at Humberside Airport. I hope to be able to assist the IBCC in any way that I can and look forward to being involved.
I was born and raised in Lincoln, but now live in Hereford. I am a semi-retired special needs advisory teacher.
My uncle (mum's brother) was a wireless operator with 106 squadron and was lost on a Berlin raid in November 1943. Although I was born 12 years after his loss, I feel I know him well because of the way my mum used to talk about him, plus her photos of him, and his log-book.One of my ambitions is to visit the National Archive and use their records to find out more about his career.
I hope I can contribute from a distance to the work of the IBCC in remembering all the crews of Bomber Command. I also still visit Lincoln now again and look forward to visiting the centre.
Having retired from a job in IT project management it was time to spend some quality time on the things that really interest me. One of those, pretty much a life-long interest, is military aviation history. Growing up I knew friends of my parents, and the father of my best friend, who had flown in Bomber Command but back then there wasn't much information around and they, the veterans, didn't talk about it much, if at all.
Around ten years ago I started researching the Meanwell family history (appropriately enough we're a Lincolnshire family although my father and I were both born in Kent). I discovered that a cousin had flown and died in Bomber Command. Victor Meanwell had an interesting but relatively short life. Born in Russia, lived briefly in Lincs and then in Canada where he lived, worked, married and joined the RCAF. He died in a training flight crash in Warwickshire and is buried in Horncastle, Lincolnshire.
When I heard about the the IBCC I knew that I wanted to become involved to do my small bit to help ensure that Victor and the other 55,572 members of Bomber Command who died in the Second World War are never forgotten.
My father was ground crew during the war and I was fortunate to be able to record his history recently for the IBCC. I am still working but my job can take me to various places in England and would be pleased to help, if possible, in this extremely worthwhile cause.
When I served in the Royal Air Force I flew on the Nimrod MR2 and the Sentry AEW Mk1 (E-3D) with the RAF and on the E-3B/C with the USAF (as an exchange officer), as well as undertaking a number of operations, planning and training staff appointments. I managed, and taught, the RAF’s Air Battle Staff and Higher Air Warfare Courses and gained an MA in Air Power: History, Theory and Practice at the University of Birmingham in 2012. Since then my academic articles on the topic have been published in air power journals in the UK, USA and Canada. These have described the prevailing political/military dynamic and have dissected the leadership, conduct and outcome of respective campaigns. As a teenager in the Second World War my father, who avidly collected all seven volumes of the 'Aircraft of the Fighting Powers' series, from 1940-1946, had wanted to become RAF aircrew. He once saw 617 Sqn conduct practice runs over the dams in Derbyshire after he had cycled there with friends from his home in Sheffield and he had passed a variety of increasing difficult Volunteer Reserve selection tests, but the war ended before his training in Canada had begun. My memories of him and my interest in air power have spurred me on to do what I can to help with this project.
I am currently serving within the RAF and have developed a keen interest within military history, particularly within the sphere of Air Power. I have completed studies within the subject area, attaining a MA in Air Power: History, Theory and Practice from the University of Birmingham. I would like to use the research skill developed during my studies to assist the IBCC.
I am the daughter of Flt. Sgt. Edward Osko. My father served with the Polish Airforce during WWII and was stationed at camps throughout Lincolnshire. I am delighted to be able to offer time to this project and hope to play a part in the recognition, contribution and remembrance of Polish aircrews in Lincolnshire.
I am a current member of the RAF with a deep interest in Bomber Command in particular though I am also interested in all the other commands of WW2. I am happy to attend air shows, veterans days etc on your behalf. Mostly available at weekends but if given enough notice can take time off during the week. I have a varied work experience which includes most of the areas of volunteering that you include. I volunteer for the RAFCTE at RIAT each year in various roles.
Whilst having no family connection with Bomber Command, my hobby as an amateur archaeologist lead me into a project back in 1999 concerning a crashed Lancaster in a village near us. My first experience of Bomber Command was reading the whole of the contents of Chorley's Bomber Command Losses books in the archive library in Newark Air Museum, not only was I totally shocked at my ignorance I became engrossed in the detail and bravery shown by this group of men and was totally horrified at the way they were treated later. This has started what will be a life time interest and I now find I spend most of my evenings and weekends doing research, mainly trying to answer questions and track relatives, I admit my knowledge of the history and politics surrounding WW11 is shocking, but my enthusiasm I hope makes up for that. Will do all I can to ensure these men are not forgotten and their history lives on.
Son of a RAF bomber command veteran who flew with 207/463 Lancaster squadrons. I have an avid interest in exploring the history of wwII bomber command, in particular the Lancaster squadrons and hope to contribute some of my time to gathering and collating material and ensuring it is available for future generations to ensure the memory of the crews lives on and their role is properly recognized.
I have a degree in English and History. I initially taught English and then re-trained as a social worker, managing community care services for several large authorities. I ended up as Director of an NHS Trust. For five years, I worked as an inspector at the Social Services Inspectorate, which involved interviewing older and disabled people about their experiences of receiving services, of disability and of ageing generally. In January 2016, I am publishing a collection of short stories, including one about a Bomber Command pilot along with several other historical pieces.I have always had enormous respect for the generation that got us through WW2 and re-built our country after it.I have a family connection with Bomber Command, being named after my cousin, a 20 year old Flying Officer (Pilot), whose Lancaster was shot down returning from a raid on Metz in 1943.
My interest in the history of WW11 was reinforced by working alongside a former Halifax Air Gunner DFM. In addition , my on aircraft and support work in the post war Bomber Command , including service with 57 Sqn, added to my knowledge of the historic sacrifices and traditions of the Bomber Force. Now Chairman of the RAF Halton Apprentice Association which strives to support the legacy of former Apprentices, I am keen to ensure that the Nation - particularly the younger citizens - remember why we enjoy the freedoms today
Hello. My name is Edith and I find myself recently retired and looking for an interest to fill some of my leisure time. I am a Lancashire lass with no Airforce connections. My husband and i moved to Lincolnshire in 2000. I have always been fascinated with Avaition and love visiting the various visitors centres Airfields and museums. I feel blessed to live in Lincolnshire.My other interest is family history. I used to volunteer for the Lancashire on line Parish Project and transcribed births baptisms marriages and deaths for them. History is fascinating and it is so important to keep it alive for future generations. I am really happy to be able to do something to help and when I heard the request for volunteers last week i couldn't get on the phone fast enough
I recently retired from a career in teaching and heard about the International Bomber Command Memorial at the Heath U3A. I was particularly interested in the aim of the Trust, in partnership with the University of Lincoln, to create the most comprehensive digitised database on Bomber Command in the World. I have signed up as a volunteer and really look forward to doing research and data inputting.
After my graduation at the Milan Music Academy I have been working as teacher. Over the course of the last twenty years I have also developed a keen interest in historical research, with a focus on the preservation and safeguard of Second World War cultural heritage.
I am a member of the "Aerei Perduti" Group (www.aereiperduti.net) that liaises with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency of the US Department of Defense. I am responsible for archival research aimed to gather evidence for the study of aircraft crashes in Italy
The International Bomber Command Centre of Lincoln strongly resonates with me because its principles and aims are similar to those who lead my research activity - I would be delighted to give my contribution by sharing the information I have found.
I am currently studying for my A Levels and have always been fascinated with the RAF especially during World War Two. I have volunteered for Thorpe Camp Visitors Centre at Tattershall Thorpe for some years now and this led me to Bomber Command where I hope I can make a difference and help keep their memories and stories alive.
I am a recent graduate from Lincoln University, having completed a Masters in Conservation of Historic Objects. I also have a BA in Photography. I enjoy preserving the past through conservation and digitisation and think that the Lincoln Bomber Command Centre and the digital archive is a great opportunity for me to use and develop my skills to help the project. Its really exciting to see these types of projects happening in the city of Lincoln to engage people with its history and past
I have been working for a Charity since obtaining my degree and this has given me an insight as to how important Volunteers are to every charity! I have really enjoyed my time as a Volunteer for IBCC and as I am based in London and Southampton I am really looking forward to the unveiling ceremony so that I can visit Lincoln and meet some more of the team.
Son, of Flying Officer H.E Bobbie Burns 422144 RAAF who completed 31 missions in 1944 as a Bomb Aimer. I started researching with just the name and Service No of my father who passed away when I was 12 years old. I had little other knowledge of his involvement with Bomber Command. With the help of the Bomber Command Association in Australia I was eventually able to find, make contact and spend an afternoon with the Navigator of his crew who is still alive and well at 92 years old. I am currently working on researching all of their missions with (XV) 15 Sqn. l am based in NSW, Australia
I had over 38 happy years in the RAF, leaving in1993.I am married to Betty and have been for the past 54 years. I started my life in the RAF at Halton as an Instrument Fitter Navigation Apprentice, (80th entry), May 1955.My first posting was Kinloss, where I met my future wife. This was followed by postings to Kenya (where we got engaged), Finningley, ( where we got married), Singapore, America, Gibraltar, Scampton, 27 Sqdn Vulcans, and Germany (twice).
My father was in the RAF as a Fitter Driver Petrol Marine, in 1928. He served at RAF Singapore, which became RAF Seletar later. He ferried the ground crew out to the flying boats in the Johore straits, and also serviced the boats. My son also joined the RAF as a "gripper". Both my wife's parents and brother, served in the RAF. As can be seen, I and my family owe a lot to the RAF. I am currently a Guide at The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, at RAF Coningsby, one day a week, a job I enjoy. I hope to be able to help at IBCC in any way I can, passing on my experience, and as a thank you.
I have a Bachelor degree in Contemporary History and work towards the completion of a master in Cultural Anthropology.
I am really interested in projects aiming to engage people with the complexity of the past.
Volunteering for the IBCC is a great opportunity to further develop my skills and it's a perfect chance to link up my two academic stances through collecting, digitising and publishing the cultural heritage through the memories of the people who were caught up in the horrors of WW2.
Since 2012 I've been a member of "Laboratorio Lapsus" an association of young historians who actively work on Public history with a transdisciplinary approach.
I have a big respect for the men of the RAF and specially for those of the Bomber Command. I visitied the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Berlin
and after searching for the names of the Gentlemen who sacrificed their lifes during the Battle of Berlin, I decided to become a volunteer at the IBCC, so I can help to keep
their memories alive.
I am an undergraduate MA student in European history at the University of Pavia, with a specific interest in both world wars and the Italian fascist party. Last year I took my BA in Contemporary history discussing a thesis about the national fascist party in Pavia and its secretary Annibale Carena, whose private papers have been investigated as part of the research. Now I am focusing on the so-called “Italian civil war", the events following the fall from power of the Italian Fascist government in 1943 until the end of the Second World War. Volunteering for the IBCC has been a natural choice because the thesis I’m working on is based upon oral sources linked with allied air raids in Northern Italy. I hope that this exciting international project may benefit from my research and from the civilian stories I plan to tape. Being based in Pavia, I can easily cover many Bomber Command targets in the Po valley.
Holding a keen interest in history, I am looking forward to offering my volunteering skills to the IBCC. I have previously volunteered at the Old Nick theatre, where I helped with researching and archiving historical documents, preserving a collection of memorabilia, and creating displays to enlighten visitors into the dark and mysterious history that surrounds the Victorian Court house.
I am a total newbie to the world of Bomber Command and the people within it. I have always had a passion for history, and grew up on World War II stories. One grandfather was a gunner with the Royal Field Artillery, serving in North Africa and on the D-Day landings. My other grandfather was a fireman during the Blitz in the docks in the East End of London. I also lost a great uncle in northern Italy from the army aged just seventeen. My family are real East-enders so war stories were a way of life.
I will admit I knew very little about Bomber command until I saw the Bomber Boys with Ewan McGregor (I have a bit of a crush on him). I was fascinated and hooked, and with each word spoken found my respect for these men and women growing and growing. I wanted to learn more and having always been involved with the Royal British Legion and the National Arboretum this was a new chapter to my passion.
I was lucky enough to see, hear, smell and adore the two Lancasters when they did their summer tour last year, as on two occasions they were over night visitors at our local airport. I will never forget standing at the end of the runaway - right under the flight path - as Thumper and Vera rumbled over. The sound of eight merlins moves me still. A more than once in a lifetime moment - if that is possible. I've had a soft spot for the Lancaster...too many war films as a child... Ive lost count of how many times I've watched The Dambusters... but then one of my first crushes was Richard Todd.
I'll be honest and knew nothing about the memorial until I was surfing for more information on the Lancaster, but I have a very valid excuse. I live in Essex (please dont let that put you off) and knew nothing of the radio broadcast etc. I just knew that as soon as I saw the request for volunteers I had to be involved. So here I am.
My aviation career start as a cadet with 226 Squadron (Brighton) Air Training Corps (ATC) and the Radio Officer tuning the wartime R1155 airborne receiver and listening to the just launched Russian "Sputnik". That experience established my career shortly afterwards joining RAF Cosford as a Boy Entrant (Air Wireless) and then posted to No. 4 Flying Training School, RAF Valley then onwards to No 2 Radio School Yatesbury and No 3 Radio School Compton Bassett for a series of Technician courses. Posted to Bomber Command's 112 Signals Unit, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis then to Coastal Command's Maritime Operational Training Unit, RAF Kinloss. Then Active Service to the Far East and 110 and 209 Squadrons, RAF Labuan during the Borneo-Indonesian Confrontation and finally back to Coastal Command at 120 Squadron, RAF Kinloss.
Civilian life saw my next role as a Computer Engineer with IBM, got my Private Pilot's Licence, teaching Theory of Flight, 2260 Squadron (Waterlooville) ATC. Then into Defence Systems with Harris Systems, EDS Defence and finally Hewlett Packard retiring as a project manager, Defence Information Infrastructure (DII Increment 2C). My interests still remain as an aviation researcher and amateur historian, membership of: Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Woodley, Joystick Club, White Waltham airfield, RAF Historical Society, RAF Association and National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association. I have authored a number of Wikipedia articles addressing missing RAF airfields and units and have a particular interest in 3D stereo photography with focus on WW2's Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at RAF Benson and the associated Photographic Intelligence Unit at RAF Medmenham and the follow-on results thanks to the efforts of Bomber Command.
Having finally solved the mystery of a lost family member, a Wellington co-pilot who went missing in action during a bombing raid on Hamburg in May 1941, I am delighted to have an opportunity and the privilege of potentially meeting veterans who did survive. The courage and bravery of The Bomber Command aircrew has never been properly and formally acknowledged by subsequent generations who have benefited from their commitment and sacrifice and I hope to play a small part in addressing this debt of gratitude.
I enjoy biography, aviation history and writing, have been married to the RAF and am ideally located on the borders of Northants, Lincolnshire, and Cambridgeshire close to the heart of bomber command and fighter stations. I look forward to meeting others with similar interests.
I am currently studying a BA in History and enjoy reading and transcribing historic documents having worked for the Church of England in a legal capacity for many years. My father served in the Armed Forces and I have travelled and been schooled all over the world. I strongly believe that the Aircrew and ground support staff who supported them need and deserve to have a memorial and for their sacrifice to be recognised. I am delighted to be able to be a part of this team and support the work of the International Bomber Command Centre.
Hello to everyone!
I'm currently a third year undergraduate student working towards my academic degree in Communication studies. I live in Italy but my biggest dream is living and working abroad, at least for a limited period of time.
Foreign languages are my passion - I'm a native Italian speaker and I've studied English, Spanish and German.
Being a curious and cheerful girl, ready to work and volunteer in any field, joining the IBCC project will help to expand my knowledge of 20th century history by making a useful contribution to an interesting project.
I was one of the team dealing with data capture, as an incomer to Bomber County who has always been interested in Bomber Command this very worthwhile job really opened my eyes regarding the ages and nationalities of those who served as well as the number of casualities resulting from accidents. I hope the centre goes from strength to strength
I have a lifelong interest in the history of military aviation with particular interest in the role that Lincolnshire played in the strategic bomber offensive - curiosity fuelled when passing the remains of numerous airfields across Lincolnshire.
By profession my background is a lecturer / manager in further and higher education, specialising in health and social care and counselling. My Masters dissertation focussed on the coping strategies of Harris' 'Old Lags' since as a practicing counsellor I am acutely aware that many professionals (as is the case with the general public) have no concept of what the crews faced and that this was as willing volunteers despite the appalling 'chop rate' I the past I have delivered a WEA course on Lincolnshire airfield history hence the duel interest in education and the importance of our rich Bomber Command heritage.
I have been a member of the Brian Nichols Hampden Project since its inception and can be found most weekends at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre either with the Hampden or the Lincolnshire Aircraft Recovery Group (LARG) team. As well as being hands-on I enjoy the research element for our dig planning and the displays we generate following excavations. As Secretary to the British Aviation Archaeological Council I work closely with other groups in promoting a professional and ethical approach to the preservation and perpetuation of the memory of those aircrew lost over the UK. Both the Hampden Project and the LARG are members of the British Aviation Preservation Council - so another thread between my interests and the promotion of our rich aeronautical history. A final thread in my interests is that of the role of the RAF Air Sea Rescue services and Marine Craft Sections (1918-1986) I have spent the last 20 odd years researching the role of the ASR launches - based at Grimsby and Boston and the RN launches based at Immingham - as well as the role of 280 Squadron at Strubby. I am an Associate member of he RAF Air Sea Rescue Marine Craft Sections (ASRMCS) Club.
I'm the airside organiser for Project Propeller, an annual fly-in reunion for World War 2 aircrew veterans. Happy to support IBCC in any way I can.
I have a Bachelor degree in History from the University of Milan - UNIMI and a double Master degree in Contemporary History from the University of Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum and the University Paris 7 Diderot.
My research interests are focused on the history of Resistance and partisans. For this reason I'm really interested in this project as an opportunity to improve my Oral History skills.
Since 2009 I've been a member of "Laboratorio Lapsus", an association of young historians who actively work on Public history with a transdisciplinary approach.
My offer of volunteering comes from meeting with Dr. Dan Ellin after he gave a presentation of the work of the IBCC and the construction of the Digital Archive to the 102 (Ceylon) Squadron Association in May this year (2016) at Pocklington, Yorkshire.
My father was a Wireless Operator / Air Gunner in Bomber Command between 1941 and 1945, later moving to Transport Command through to demob in 1946. He served in 102 Squadron between 1943 and early 1944 flying in the Handley Page Halifax.
He told us nothing of his wartime service, nor would he attend any form of reunion or remembrance, and what small amounts of information we picked up came from other members of our family. This remain so until after his death in 1988.
After retiring from the Police Service I began researching his war service and, through that met Simon Kularatne, (whose father was killed in action with 102 Squadron in 1944), the Secretary of the 102 (Ceylon) Squadron Association. Through that meeting I came to know a Ground Crew veteran, Stan Jeffrey, who had witnessed the crash of Halifax G (George) at Pocklington. I interviewed him for the Association and was able to pass that interview and some of Stan's documents on for copying by Dr. Dan Ellin into the Digital Archive. After that it seemed appropriate to offer my skills and time to the IBCC in helping, in whatever small way I can, to build and develope this long overdue recognition of the sacrifices made and the impact Bomber Command had.
I have had an interest in WW2 history for many years now and specifically in the Dambusters and Bomber Command, including the aircrew's individual stories and the aircraft in which they flew. I feel that it is extremely important to remember the 55,573 aircrew of Bomber Command who lost their lives during the Second World War together with all of those other aircrews who survived but were always prepared to make that ultimate sacrifice for our future generations. They were prepared to face dangers that only a few of us could ever imagine. An acknowledgement of their individual stories, their bravery and the heartache of the families who they left behind should be preserved.
I have been privileged over the last few years to have been in the company of a number of veterans, you hear their stories and you want to learn more, they deserve our respect. With my background of growing up in Bomber County I have always had a love of this part of our country's history.
Over the last few months I have been able to meet some of the people behind LBCM which was lovely. I feel privileged to be able to offer my time to such a deserving project and as I have a love of research have volunteered to help initially with the database entries. I know that I will enjoy this work and am thoroughly looking forward to the opening ceremony later on this year.
I currently work as a Locum for the NHS and usually this is full-time and then some. I have been involved with Thorpe Camp Visitors Centre at Tattershall Thorpe for many years now. So my connection with information and Artifacts began there, as well as my very limited information of my late Father who fought in WW2. When I heard the radio appeal from Dave, I then made contact and the journey began. I am so pleased to be able to be involved with this historic venture and look forward to the future of many more ventures to contribute to.
Hi, I am Heather, I reside in Moray, Scotland. I have been interested in WWII the European, North African and the Convoy struggles for many years. Also an interest in the paranormal and thus would find visiting the old bomber airfields most interesting. They all have a story that needs to be heard and never forgotton, from the ground crew through to the Tea Lady.
My father was F/O John Laurence Rowe 83sqn RAFVR, who flew Hampdens, Manchesters and Lancasters. He and all his crew were KIA on the 9th June 1942 returning from a raid on Essen - Lancaster R5659 OL:B. His civilian profession was schoolteacher - My mother is still with us at 95, bright as a button but a bit dodgy on her pins. I feel honoured to be involved in this memorial. I spent my working life in the telecommunications industry. When my wife passed away I joined the Wetherby U3A - I also support the national bomber command memorial. I would hope to be able to assist in updating the memorial's records by computer.
While not born and bred 'Yellowbellies', my wife and I have lived in Lincolnshire for the greatest part of our lives and, having developed a great affection for, and attachment to, the county are happy to consider ourselves 'adopted'.
Growing up in a small mining village in Nottinghamshire in the 1950s/1960s, I had no awareness that a world war had ended only a decade or so ago. And it is now to my shame and regret that I paid scant attention to, and probably inwardly groaned, when my late father attempted to engage me in stories about his wartime experiences serving with the Fleet Air Arm in India.
Even a brief stint in the RAF in my teens did nothing to kindle an interest in military history or even aviation per se, despite working in avionics.
But finding myself living in Lincoln, with its rich and proud aviation history through two world wars, my interest was finally piqued. I started to visit the local heritage sites, to read about bomber crews taking off for Germany night after night, of death-defying escapes from damaged and burning aircraft. Bomber County had me hooked!
But I was saddened when it became evident that the selfless sacrifices made by members of Bomber Command, during this pivotal time in our history, had for decades been ignored and, indeed, hidden, in a mis-guided shroud of shame. Finally, the bomber boys are to formally receive our recognition and gratitude in a real way, and I am thankful, proud and honoured to be a part, no matter how small, of making that possible.
LEST WE FORGET
Hi - I'm Ian McLaren, I live in Sunderland Tyne & Wear. I'm a retired Civil Servant and have had a life-long interest in military aviation. Recently been thinking about starting y own oral history project, so I'm happy to be included and be part of this proect.
I served in the RAF in the fighter control branch for 32 years (though much of those 32 years was spent doing other 'stuff'); I'm now semi-retired, living in Cumbria. My father also served for 30 years in the RAF, first as an airframe fitter, then as an MT technician. I've always been interested in history (I gained a BA in history with the OU in 2014), military primarily, and particularly in the World Wars. I am fascinated by the Strategic Bomber Offensive and have read widely, so when I saw a 'call' for volunteers for the IBCC to record oral history from Bomber Command veterans, I leapt at the chance. As part of my history 'thing' I'm very interested in the recording of oral history and memories, so I'm hoping to learn from volunteering, as well. I have huge respect for those who worked in Bomber Command during the war and am honoured to be able to contribute, in some small way, to preserving their memory (and memories.)
For as long as I can remember, I have had a deep love of history. During my high school history classes, I was often told about Bomber Command and was immediately enthralled by how these young men were able to climb into their aircraft night and after and do their duty, all in the face of overwhelming odds. After finding out that I was related to three Bomber Command airmen through my family line, I began to have a deeper respect for what they had accomplished during the Second World War.
When I found out about the IBBC, I knew that I wanted to get involved in some small way to help perpetiuate the memory of the 55,573 airmen who gave their lives during the conflict, so they are never forgotten.
I have always been interested in Lancaster bombers due to the fact that my Mother was a plotter at Scampton during the war, although she didn't discuss it a lot. I have spent time at East Kirkby reading the history that's on display there.
It was a real opportunity to be involved, however small, in the project to have a Memorial erected in Lincolnshire to Bomber Command. I am passionate that this shouldn't be just about the pilots who risked their lives for their country but also about those, like my Mum who had to endure, every day, the pain felt for those planes and crews lost, never to return to their friends, families and colleagues.
Like many she didn't speak a lot about it but she did tell me that she had flown over Germany, on a bombing mission, in a Lancaster, by being smuggled aboard by the crew! 'just for a bit of fun!!' she said but I could see the pain in her eyes. She witnessed the bombing first hand and said all she could think about were the families, wives and children caught up in a war, just as those back in the UK were.
So Mum, I guess I am doing this for you. You are no longer with us but I wish you could see what's being done so we don't forget Lincolnshire's part in the war.
I am passionate about Bomber Command. My
father, Reginald Wilson, 92, is a veteran of BC and is now the last surviving member of
his crew. They were shot down over Berlin on 20.01.44 with the loss of four
lives. Dad was the plane's navigator. I am still in touch with the descendants
of most of the other crew members, including three of those who "failed to
return". In 2006, my father traced the path to where his Halifax, LW337,
was shot down. Remains of the plane were unearthed, together with the remains
of my father's flight engineer, who had been MIA for over sixty years! He was
buried in Berlin in 2008, bringing closure to his family. One of the crew
(unusually, of eight, as they had a trainee pilot on board; a "second
dickey") is still MIA. My father and I co-wrote a book about these
events. It is called "Into the Dark", and was published by
www.fightinghigh.com (Steve Darlow). I am keen to do further research, and am still
searching for the descendants of the missing Canadian mid upper gunner, Charles Dupueis
(note the unusual spelling of the surname). Any leads would be most welcome.
I am 57 and a "retired" teacher of modern languages and home tutor. My time is divided between supporting three generations of my family, tutoring (languages) and caring for my father, who is now frail. He lives in Highcliffe, Dorset. I live with my family on the Surrey / Hants border.
I am now retired. My working life was spent mostly in admin and clerical support. I am currently secretary of The Washingborough and District Forget-Me-Not Social Club. My husband and I moved to Lincolnshire two and a half years ago and became interested in the International Bomber Command Centre after listening to a speaker at a local WI meeting. Since then, Paul Robinson gave a presentation at our club which furthered my interest. I have undertaken research into my family history and have come to realise how important accurate transcription needs to be.
Married to Matt. Works for Orders of St John Care Trust. My father was an engineer in the RAF during WW2 and my husband was a serving officer for over 25 years. We both have a real interest in the history of Bomber Command and look forward to getting involved with the work at the Memorial.
Hello there, I am a serving Wing Commander pilot (though havent been at the controls for a few years now - chairborne/flying the mahogony bomber etc..) with about 25 years service now and very little hair remaining. My great uncle Sgt Eric Archer Hughes (Flt Eng) took off from RAF Waddington on 30 Jan 44 as a guest with an Aussie crew from 463 Sqn; he ended the night as a guest of the Reich - the only survivor. Would love to help in any way I can, and can probably rustle up a view more volunteers from my ever-willing staff if required!!
Live in Lincoln and so lucky enough to see the BBMF regularly fly over (I am one of the many who dash out of the house at the sound of any Merlin). It is good to see the long overdue spire and memorials in place and am looking forward to seeing the Visitor Centre completed.
I love the 1940's period, the music, the dances and the aircraft. I go to re-enactment events and enjoy the airshows from the historic aircraft. When I moved to Lincolnshire 6 years ago, I learnt more of the history of Bomber Command. I became a member of the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association to support the BBMF. When I saw an advert from the IBCC asking for volunteers to help with the database of airmen for the memorial walls, I used my computer skills to help. I also followed the progress of the Spire build from it's first days as an empty field, photographing each stage. Now I support my partner with his recordings for the Oral Archive and help out with document transcriptions.
Hi all! My name is Jenny, and I am an American girl living in England with my wonderful ex-RAF husband, Nigel. We have a quiet life in Derbyshire with our two cats. I have quite an obsession with the Lancaster Bomber. I fell in love with her in 2009 when I saw Thumper fly past while in Dover at cliff height. There was nothing like it in the world!
I live in a former RAF house on a former Bomber base in Lincolnshire which is now part quarry, part industrial and part new housing - otherwise no connections. My interest comes from several directions, firstly as a local historian who has seen the many graves and epitaphs in local cemeteries, secondly having been brought up on a diet of war films in the 1960's. And, most importantly, thirdly the high regard that I have for the machines, the men who designed and championed them and those who maintained and flew them. It is easy to glorify but unimaginable what these ordinary young men did and the conditions that they endured before and after 'battle'. Nevermind facing enemy action. Then they had to return to normal civilian life! There is nothing like listening to the modesty and the matter of fact way that veterans talk about those times, that is if they are willing to talk at all.
I perhaps shouldn't say this here but ... my dad was Chief Petty Officer Royal Navy who worked on maintaining Seafires. :)
My fascination with WW2 history began at an early age and has spanned decades. In my reception when I was 5 we looked at WW2 history and our project was to find recipes from the era that were served. Granny came up with cuttings from news papers of recipes the one I presented my teacher with was sprouts and marmite on toast; a recipe that has affected my view on sprouts for the rest of my life! In that time I talked to my Granny about the war and her experiences and this started my interest in this field.
Currently the Head of IT at a secondary school in the north of the county and have been in teaching for 14 years. I have had worked with the RAF on and off for many years through education, 1228 squadron Cadets and a short time in IOT. My back ground work wise is obviously is IT, intelligence, analysis and systems having a BA (Hons) Management Information Systems. I am experienced in project and event management having organised different events for schools. I am a believer in educating students in the past and present and the impact that past events have had on our lives after all they live in "Bomber County."
In my spare time I am an avid aviation and history enthusiast and am fascinated by the roar of the "Merlin" engines and how exactly something so large and heavy can take to the skies. I am an amateur family historian, musician and lover of all things vintage.
After hearing the appeal for volunteers on radio lincs I enquired as to how I could help make this memorial a reality. I have lived in lincoln all my life and feel that our next generations need to be able to keep the stories from our history alive. I'm not much into history and have no military background but when I hear a merlin engine I drop everything and run outside to get a glimpse. Many childhood memories are relived watching the bbmf fly over. My children love history and will really enjoy spending time at the memorial once it is built. I am very honoured and proud to be part of the volunteering team and am so looking forward to seeing the ongoing efforts materialise.
Lived all my life in Bomber county and have a general interst in WW2. Been a member of LLA since 2006.
It started as a young boy who in the early/mid 70's was taken to the RAF museum at Hendon, I can still recall the massive dark machine with 4 propellers. Fast forward around 10 years & on a warm summer day there was a rumble in the sky, looking up there they were the Spitfire, Hurricane & the Lancaster, the BBMF were flying overhead on their way to nearby Northolt airport. That was the 1st time I'd seen the Lancaster actually flying & something there & then just switched, despite having no connection to anyone who served within Bomber Command.
Since that day I have read many books about Bomber Command & have held a deep interest in the stories of the brave men who flew across those hostile skies back in 1939-45. I find the whole story of the organisation during those years very interesting but my attention always goes back to the aircrew & their story.Those courageous men who climbed aboard those aircraft, fully aware of what fate may have in store for them are in my eyes made of something special. I have been very fortunate to have had a flight in a Lancaster over the Lincolnshire countryside & It is an experience that is something you can never forget but it also brings home that little bit more of what those men gave.
Since being made aware of what the IBCC is trying to achieve & will achieve I have been watching with an admiring eye & now that the time has come that my daughter is making her own way in life I feel I would like to give some of my spare time to something what I believe is worthwhile. We owe a huge debt to the men of Bomber Command but over the decades it's fair to say they have been frowned upon, but now with what the IBCC is achieving these men will be not be forgotten, their true story will be told & their memory will be honoured. I would like to be a part of that & help in whatever way I can.
My father, George Bedwell, was the wireless operator in a No9 Sqdrn Lanc, shot down over Weyhausen on the night of Jan 1/2 1944. I was born a few weeks later and really never learned much about him or the real horrors that these flyers went through to protect our country.
A few years ago, with the help of a German journalist,and the Mayor and people of Weyhausen, my wife and I found the crash site. Now retired, with our 50th wedding anniversary in 2016, I want to put something back as a volunteer. I have been a journalist and occasional broadcaster all my life and will be applying these skills to my voluntary work. Our veterans are rapidly depleting in number and their memories must not be allowed go with them.
I am a retired Police officer but presently working full time for Lincolnshire Police, I have also been a University and College lecturer. Professionally I have had some involvement with the planning and development of the Bomber Command Memorial but I have been a keen military historian for many years holding various academic qualifications but specifically an MA History. One of my dissertations was on policing Hull between 1939 -1945 and this process opened up some interesting areas of research notably the many serving police officers who joined Bomber Command and sadly whose names may well be on the new memorial, this will be ongoing research. I have a partial list of those police officers who did serve in the RAF but cross referencing those names against the memorial listed names is another project. It would be something if I could track down those police officer relatives? I would look forward to helping out and meeting the veterans, I have previously recorded some interviews with Normandy Veterans and know what an enjoyable and sometimes challenging process it can be.
I have been an aviation enthusiast most of my life with a particular interest in WW2 - notably the Battle of Britain & in Bomber Command. Spending time in the presence of these incredible servicemen who flew & fought for world freedom is a huge honour & privilege, and theirs is a legacy that needs to be forever remembered by future generations.My Grandfather who served in the RAF during WW2 was hugely influential in my affection for this era, along with my wife's Grandfather who survived 40+ missions as a Lancaster rear gunner with 44 & 207 Sqns. Having been so privileged to meet many of the surviving & incredible heroes I am extremely passionate to ensure they are all recognised & remembered. We are incredibly fortunate to have been alive at the same time & able to meet these greats whilst still with us - something future generations will sadly not be able to do. I look forward to supporting this fantastic, lasting tribute to the 55,000 courageous, brave young men who paid the ultimate sacrifice in any way I possibly can!Lest we forget
I'm currently at the University of Lincoln studying Media Production, however I have always been interested in history. To be a photographer at this event is a perfect way to combine these interests, as well as having the obvious added bonus of commemorating all those who served.
I have a long term interest in Bomber Command as my father served in 101 squadron in Lincolnshire during the war. He was fortunate to survive the war, but died in service in the early 1950s when the plane he was flying in crashed into the sea.
For some years I have been researching his history, especially his time in Bomber Command and I am developing an extensive resource to pass down through my family.
Now that I am retired from my job as a social science researcher, I would love to volunteer my services to this project in any aspect of research.
My children are now in their twenty's and starting out on their own journey of live. I have stayed at home most of their lives other than completing a BTEC National in Business and Finance, and AAT at college, helping at preschools, volunteering to listen to children reading and helping the less able children in the classroom. I work at home for my husband and most of my time is spent on my own, however over the years this allowed me to take up with elderly friends and relatives as my children attended school. I have enjoyed their company, listening to their stories, their life experiences and had lots of laughs with them. Unfortunately over the last two years those friends and relatives are no longer with us.
Back in 1994 my mum saw an piece in our local paper looking for the family of 7 men and ended up attending a commemoration with stone being placed just outside the village where the crew of this Lancaster came down whilst bombing the railways in Vierzon. My parents met the now old man who as a small boy was in this village with his grandparents during the War. He came to England and met my Nan, and he has spent a lot of his retirement enlightening the younger generation in France as to what in his words "His friends in Britain did for France" In 2014 it was the 70th Anniversary of the death of my Nans husband F/L
R B Daniel and the crew of LL863 from 101 Squadron and I felt the time had come in my life to visit
their place of rest in France, and again this year I went again. My Nan never saw her husbands grave which I find very sad but I suppose not uncommon. This has interested me for years, I am not a great Historian but I feel I have compassion and the love of people, what they have been through and how kind people can be.
I am a retired College Lecturer with strong historical RAF links and a great determination to make a contribution to the IBCC.I have been involved with a number of facets of aviation heritage in Lincolnshire and am a volunteer guide at the BBMF.
I have no connection to Bomber Command other than living in Bomber County for over 20 years and having a long standing interest in family history. My maternal grandfather was in the Royal Signals and served in WW2 and my husband was in the RAF which is what brought us to Lincolnshire. We've now put down our own family roots here and as my daughter is now grown up, and although I work full-time, I find myself with time on my hands and so wanted to do something worth while with my spare time. I have spent many happy hours researching my own family history and have lots of knowledge on interpreting old records as a result. I use lots of modern 21st technology on a daily basis for my work and at home and I feel that I can put this knowledge to good use on this project. I'm really looking forward to helping out on this project.
I was in the WRAF for nearly 6 years from 1979 until 1984 and my first posting was RAF Waddington with the Vulcans (as AATC). After leaving the air force my husband and I migrated to Australia and we have lived in Melbourne, Victoria ever since. I currently work part time and am looking forward to being able to help BCC by taking oral histories from Bomber Command Veterans and helping in any other way as and when possible and practicable. My daughter is currently an Airfield Engineer in the RAAF.....must be in the family!!!
I'm a Dutch WW2 historian, researcher, illustrator and writer of several books on the war in the air above the SW of The Netherlands. I have a great network both in The Netherlands as well as in the Commonwealth countries and the USA. I can be a contact for the IBVV in The Netherlands, I can do research and factfinding, writing and illustrating and promoting the IBCC including fundraising.
My name is Ken Russell and I am 66 years old and retired Quality Manager. My father was in the RAF from 1942 until 1947 and was groundcrew, airframe fitter and Merlin fitter serving with 1662 and 1667 HCU until posted to the Middle East, Palestine and Cyprus with 160 and 166 MU.
My mother never knew what happened to her brother, WC Eric Langlois 467 Squadron, during the war. She knew that he was shot down on 3/3/45 when his Lancaster was attacking the Dortmund-Ems Canal at Ladbergen but that was all. I started researching to be able to tell her how he died. I was able to give her a sanitised version of what happened before she passed away. By this stage, I was bitten by the bug and had to continue researching, not only his career but also of all of his crew. Their story, so far, appears on my website (www.anzacsons.com) dedicated to those Australian and New Zealand Servicemen who didn't return. The research has enabled me to make contact with relatives of a number of his crew and help them unravel the details from the national archives and logbooks for them.
Having officially retired from teaching last year, although still getting called in for relief work all the time, I now will have more time to put towards learning more and more about the role the air forces played in World War 2.
My aim is to build a replica of the bar in the officers mess at Waddington in our entertainment room and dedicate it to those who gave so much.
Born and grew up on RAF bases and have had a lifelong fascination with the Vulcan as well as a love of all things historical - hope to help future generations to value and learn from the words, pictures and documents of the time.
I am a total newbie to Bomber Command but have always been fascinated by the Lancaster Bomber. Both of my children were brought up by by fictitious tales of flying these in the war. It was only when they got older that they realised that as I was born in 1950 I could not possibly have flown them. Even when I explained that after the war I had been frozen!
I took early retirement from the Civil Service after spending many years interviews various sections and ages of the community. To even be considered for an interviewee of these heros I would consider to be an honour. My only connection with the RAF Bomber Command is that my wife's God Mother's cousin was shot down over the Netherlands or Germany. Having read that volunteers were required, I just knew that I had to be involved.
I live in Canada and have had an interest in WW2 history as well as Bomber Command since my Grandfather was a member of the RCAF. My Grandfather, F/O J.B. Bernard flew with 582 Squadron, stationed at Little Staughton I believe from 1942 to 1944. He was the sole survivor after his crew was killed when their Lancaster Bomber was shot down near Noyon, France in May 1944. Fellow crew members were Flight Sergeant Frank Holmes RAF, Flight Sergeant George Coon RCAF, Flight Sergeant James Ingham RAF, Pilot Officer Stanley Hewitt RAF, Flight Sergeant James Arthur Mansfield RAF and Pilot Officer Charles James O'Neill RCAF. All buried in Rouen.
My Grandfather passed away in 1979 at a young age and was never able to personally thank the man responsible for saving his life when he was rescued from a cherry tree near Beaulieu Les Fontaines. I was fortunate enough to meet Jeremy Scott, Great Nephew of Flight Sergeant Frank Holmes when he tracked me down with a post I had regarding my Grandfather. With his help, just a few months later this past May, myself and my family were invited to Beaulieu Les Fontaines for a special celebration with Mr. Scott and relatives of the Holmes family and to meet the man responsible for saving my Grandfather's life. A man who was only 16 at the time and risked his life so my Grandfather could come home. Without that man, I and my family would not be here today. Truly an amazing story and I know there are hundreds more like it.
It's a pleasure to meet you all and I look forward to working with Bomber Command.
I am new to volunteering but have an avid interest in IBCC .... My Father, Grandparents, Uncle and Brother were all in the RAF at some point in their careers. My Father, now retired from the RAF, is a young 77 year old volunteer at RAF Coningsby, as a tour guide, so guess it's in my genes! I recently volunteered and helped in the missing medal search for the gentleman who thought he'd dropped his medals there, fortunately found nearer his home. It was at that point that I felt I wanted to do more.
I am fortunate to live just down the road from IBCC in Heighington and have followed it's growth with great interest and feel I would be a able to offer some of my free time to assist in any way possible. I currently work as a civil servant Monday to Thursday so have free time Fridays and weekends. I look forward to helping out and meeting up with like minded people.
On a visit to RAF Cosford when i was about 8 or 9 fell in love with aircraft, in particular the Lancaster. My Grandfather served in India and Burma as a volunteer, he was a photogrpher with the RAF.
I worked in the electronics industry, and when i was made redundant i decided to go back to school and did a degree in Manufacturing Management, in the summer breaks i worked for the Land Registry digitising and preparing documents for scanning.
More recently i worked for the Referees' Association running the office and organising our annual conference.
I have always been interested in history and would love to be part of preserving these memories.
I have been connected with the military, and in particular the RAF, all my life. My mother served in the ATS during the war and my father joined the RAF in the early 30's as an apprentice, amongst other things he flew in wapitis on the NW frontier. He eventually retired in 1972 just as I was commissioned into the WRAF. These were the days when women were not eligible to be aircrew, much to my regret. I subsequently married a bomber pilot who has recently retired after a career spanning 49 years. I am now enjoying retirement.
I have been reading the website with great interest and would like the opportunity to volunteer for interviewing of veterans linked to Bomber Command. I am 38 and originally from Grimsby, Lincolnshire and had Great Uncles that served with Bomber Command including tail end charlie on the Sterlings. I have a long standing interest in military history and was fascinated to hear of wartime experiences of those who served and always relished speaking to WW2 veterans. I now live in East Yorkshire.
My connection to Bomber Command is through my uncle, Sgt. James Shearon, who proudly served in 57 squadron during WW2. Uncle Jimmy was a rear gunner and I have always been very proud of him and those with whom he served. I have his letters and correspondance from the Air Ministry and, sadly, these include a telegram reporting him missing after his Lancaster failed to return. This was on the 14th March 1945, shortly after his 21st birthday and 5 months after learning that his brother Jack had died of wounds in Holland. In 1947 the Air Ministry discovered that they had been shot down over Germany. The brave members of that crew, Flying Officer Pauline, Flight Sgt. Davies, Sgt. Cartwright, Sgt. Cocozza, Sgt. Hole, Sgt. Rafferty and Sgt. Shearon are now buried together in Durnbach cemetery. It is a privilege to be part of this project to honour them and all of the members of Bomber Command.
As a student of History at the University of Leeds, this project sparked my interest; the second world war is an event that has fascinated historians since its occurrence and I am no different! Very much looking forward to working with the IBCC.
I served for 30 years in RAF as an avionics engineer. Currently work for consultancy agency who contract to MOD so still in aviation community. Now treasurer of our local RAF branch in Basingstoke, Hampshire. Always been an avid military history buff especially RAF and WW2. My husband's uncle served as an Air Gunner on 166Sqn Lancasters, he was unusual as he was Southern Irish. Unfortunately he is one of the names who will be inscribed on the memorial wall. We carried out a lot of research on his background before and during his RAF career, so my interest has grown further. Looking forward to being part of the project.
I recently retired from the RAF. My first tour was flying Vulcan B2 with 101Sqn. The history of 101 at Ludford was my inspiration to support the IBCC.
I am an undergraduate student at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice,
working toward the competition of my BA in History. I have always been
intrigued in WW2 military history, but also by the human side of it and by the
way the conflict has been interpreted by survivors. I think that the IBCC
offers everyone the chance to get a better insight of both these aspects in an
innovative way which is respectful of Bomber Command heritage. I am keen to
give my contribution to this project because it offers me the opportunity to further
develop my skill set, especially in oral history, and hone my interview
My interest in Bomber Command started because my Uncle was a Flight Engineer with Lancaster 550 Squadron based at North Killingholme near Grimsby. He joined 550 in January 1945 and was killed near Berlin in March 1945.
I spent a year researching him and visited all the locations where he is honoured including his grave in Berlin which I visited in 2015.
I am now also a member of the 550 Squadron Association.
All the original archive material and my own research information have been given to the IBCC Digital Archive and I really want to help these great Guys get all the recognition they deserve.
I am ex RAF ground crew (Vulcan and Tornado) having followed my dad into the service. Still have a passion for all things RAF past and present. I am presently employed in Health and Safety and looking for something worthwhile and rewarding to fill my spare time.
Unfortunately I don't get a lot of spare time but what I do get I would love to dedicate to this fantastic project. I can turn my hands to most things so if you need anything drop me a line and I'll try to help. (Email probably best as I tend to be on the road most days with work)
Looking forward to meeting some great people.
Being born and bred in Lincoln and growing up with planes constantly in the air whether it’s the Red Arrows, Vulcan's, AWACS or even the Lancaster (when we’re lucky enough), has provided me with a certain affinity with aircraft overhead and remembering my Granddad's stories places my thoughts predominately in the WWII era.
I feel that if the information available to us now is digitised, it will become more accessible to more people which will enable the stories of our veterans to live on.
This is the reason I decided to volunteer!
I'm just coming up to retirement after more than 30 years in aviation. I flew as a navigator in the RAF and went into civil aviation training initially with Air Atlantique and I'm now with Etihad in the UAE.
My late father, Flt Lt Graham Wood DFC AFC, flew Lancasters with 576 Sqn at Elsham Wolds and completed his tour before dying tragically in a DC3 accident at Dishforth in 1957. In his memory, and the countless others who fought bravely, I'd like to contribute what I can to the IBCC. I'm currently writing the complete history of 576 so I think I can learn so much too. I'm really looking forward to contributing my research and administrative skills to this wonderful project.
My name is Matthew but nearly everyone calls me Matt. I heavily into military history, especially the RAF in WWII, and military aviation. I have also been known to take a few photographs. I recently found out that I had a distant relative who was lost on ops flying with the RCAF in WWII.
I'm a retired primary school teacher with a life long interest in aviation through my father's wartime career in the RAF. He trained as a pilot in S Rhodesia with his boyhood friend Max Venton. Max was posted to 467 squadron RAAF in 1945, he and his crew were shot down and all killed on 3 March 45 attacking the Dortmund-Ems canal. Since visiting Max's grave in 2005 I've been researching all aspects relating to the crew and their training, their short operational career, the Nachtjagd and all things Bomber Command in order to try to get a picture, a feel for what those lads went through. I'd be happy to use my experience and skills to help further the aims of this worthy organisation.
I am delighted to be helping out on the advisory panel for this project. I have a professional and a personal interest: professionally I am involved with the use of computing in culture and heritage, in museums and other heritage sector institutions, and it is great to be part of this project as it develops. My personal interest is that my grandfather served as ground crew at Lincolnshire Bomber Command during the Second World War, and so it means a lot to me and my family that I can contribute usefully to this project.
I am a retired clinical scientist but have always had a strong interest in all things military.
I used to live near Portsmouth and spent 12 years as a part-time tour guide, which of course involved a lot of history. At present I do tours for the National Trust at one of their stately homes. I have never served in the RAF but I did spend two years as an RAF cadet when I was at school.
I stand in awe of the achievement and sacrifice of Bomber Command during WW11 and look forward to helping the International Bomber Command Centre achieve it's goals.
I am an ex Halton Apprentice and time served Engineer specialising in Airframes. It was my privelidge to entertain Bomber Command veterans when visiting the Vulcan Display Team at Waddington. I was humbled by their dignified unassuming nature and knew I had to do something to promote a memorial to the sacrifice they and their missing comrades made. Soon, phase two of that memorial will become reality. Per Ardua Ad Astra.
I have always had a keen interest in history, particularly military history. In part this results from the stories my father and grandfather told of their wartime experiences. Sadly their histories were not set down and have now been lost. Currently I work part time for AgeUK and come across so many interesting stories and anecdotes that will also be forgotten if not recorded. That is why I am so supportive of this project and hope to be able to assist in its success in recording such an important part of our recent history.
Although I don't have any RAF connections, I drive past the site everyday and have watched the development of the site with keen interest. I now have time to volunteer and welcome the opportunity to become involved with such a worthwhile project whilst learning more about the history of IBCC at the same time.
Hi I haven't really had anything to do with raf history but love studying and learning about history. Currently am working full time in databases and data analysis however would be willing to do anything to help.
I am a recordist for the Digital Archive Oral Histories and I find their stories fascinating, even if the little things they tell me aren't on the recordings, as many of them don't think it's the stories of life during the war, the anecdotes from the local pub, or the time the Pilot swooped over a farmhouse and blew all the soot down the chimney, are "interesting" enough! I am a retired chauffeur and I have the ability to drive great distances, so I have volunteered to drive Veterans to and from IBCC and associated events, where they might not otherwise be able to attend.
I have had a life long affection for Bomber Command, having served in the Royal Air Force during the cold war years, working on the Vulcan bomber.
living in Skellingthorpe the site of the former RAF Skellingthorpe and home to No.50 & No.61 squadrons, I have for many years been involved with the squadrons association, being on the committee. I maintain their web site as well as being Treasurer and membership secretary. In addition I am co-editor of the association newsletter. I am pleased to be able to get involved with the International Bomber Command Centre and help with the database. I thoroughly enjoy researching the stories which turn up some amazing facts about what the aircrew went through. For many years I have listened to the stories of our veterans and consistently told them to write them down, now I have the pleasure of listening and recording the stories of those who were around during WWII
I have just read the article in Saturday's Telegraph about the IBCC, and felt, having had a lifelong interest in all things aviation, that I had to offer my services to such a worthwhile, and long overdue cause.
My wife's uncle, Flt Sgt Saunders Morgan, was a navigator with 101 sqn, and died with all his crew on 12 June 1944, on only his third operation. I have always been filled with total admiration for members of Bomber Command in particular, but also the whole generation that got us through WW2.
His brother John, was a glider pilot at Arnhem, and both were missing at the same time. How do you cope with that as a family? Thankfully, John although wounded, became a POW, and eventually returned home.
I look forward to being of some use to this great cause.
I have always been interested in history especially military history. I think this stemmed from the accounts my father and grandfather told me about their experiences in the war. Sadly these were not set down and the details have been lost. Currently I work part time for AgeUK and in my job hear many interesting stories from clients which again are not set down. It is for all these reasons that I am very interested in this project and am looking forward to assisting in helping to ensure that these memories are recorded for future generations.
My father was a bomb aimer in a 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron crew that were shot down on their 21st mission in July 1944, with him being one of two that survived and evaded capture with the help of the French Resistance. He unfortunately passed away in 1978 after serving further as a Constable in the Met Police, and it has only been since I have had children of my own that I have really properly researched and understood his time in the RAF. I maintain a website (Lancaster ME699) with my Father's story and of his crewmates, with that of my Mother, who was a WAAF RT Operator. Part of my research has led me to visit that Lincolnshire locations of their service and meet the wonderful people that run the various heritage centres around the county and see the IBCC coming together as a tribute to the men of Bomber Command that is well overdue.
I hope to help the centre in any way I can to build a lasting and fitting memorial to those that gave so much as a volunteer.
Still serving. Just looking to honour the memory of these brave men.
Living near Boston, I am closely located to help with events in 'bomber county'. Enthusiastic, energetic and eternally grateful to all those brave men and women associated with bomber command.
My grandfather was in 49 squadron as a wireless operator.
Living near Boston, I just want to offer my services in anyway possible for a fantastic project honouring the very brave personnel of Bomber Command.
I am a 58 year old male based in Birmingham. My own area of work is in live & recorded sound, event & production management. I am broadly technically knowledgeable,can travel wherever required, really enjoy talking & listening to veterans & their families & I would be honoured to take part --in this or other capacities in what I consider to be such an invaluable & unique project.
My relevant background is from my family. My father was part of the BEF in 1939, after numerous attempts was hauled out of the water at Dunkirk & on his recovery was sent out to the far east to take part in the ill fated resistance there until taken prisoner by the Japanese. He was used a slave labour on the Death Railway until the atom bombs & was very fortunate to be able to return home. I grew up as he, my mother & his fellow FEPOWs & their families worked tirelessly to establish what became the National Far East Prisoners of War Association - the first recorded interviews with veterans I was involved with were in the 60's as part of building up the case for recognition & rehabilitation support so I grew up with a war veteran & POW & was around many more.
My uncle, Roy Harris, was an RAF navigator on Lancasters flying with 550 Squadron & was also part of our family as I grew up. Although he & his family emigrated to the States in the 60's he returns when he can for his Squadron reunions & over the last twelve years in particular I have spent an increasing amount of time with him & his comrades which has been a fascinating & hugely rewarding experience. Seeing him & fellow 550 Squadron veterans with the BBMF Lancaster when it was unveiled representing the 'Phantom Of The Ruhr', one of the 100+ missions club of which his Squadron had three, was a day I will never forget & the special flypast that the BBMF Lancaster put on for the 550 Squadron reunion at North Killingolme that weekend was truly astounding although almost criminally it was the one flypast that I didn't record.
Spending time with him & the Squadron veterans all this time has been fascinating & to listen to the perspective of these amazing men now in their 90's is always rewarding. It has been thoroughly heartening to see the increasing appreciation & support for them in more recent years & I hope to be able to bring wider recognition as part of this amazing project.
Living in Lincoln and being so close to RAF Scampton and having a passion for The Dambusters since I was a child and as this being known as Bomber County, I have always wanted to be part of a project that commemorates the memory of the 55,573 Bomber Command personnel who sacrificed their lives for us in WW2. I can now take the opportunity to be part of a great team in helping to put together a memorial to the memory of at least part of that, by helping with the research in this project for the memory of the 26,500 who flew from this county and eventually for them all who lost their lives between the years of 1939 - 1945. With my passion and knowledge I am sure that I will be able to contribute to this project and make it something for future generations to behold. "Per Ardua Ad Astra"
Having recently retired after 34 years in the oil and gas industry I saw the request for volunteers in the IBCC newsletter as the ideal way to spend some of my new found time on the very worthwhile project to honour the veterans of Bomber Command and keep their story alive for future generations. I have been interested in the RAF and especially Bomber Command all my life and this is now my chance to make a practical contribution. Although living in the Home Counties I am very familiar with Lincolnshire and its Bomber County heritage and maybe my southerly location can be used to reach parts of the story that others cannot.
I am a Contemporary History tutor at the Bicocca University in Milan. What triggered my interest in the IBCC was conducting a bit of research aimed to preserve the memories of those who witnessed allied air bombing during the Second World War - by interviewing people who were kids in the Forties we could share their memories with school pupils and children who are now in the same age bracket. I fully share the IBCC’s goal to recognise and preserve a core set of wartime experiences shared by combatants and civilians. I am really glad to be part of this project as Italian volunteer.
My interest was sparked by researching my late uncle, who was a rear turret gunner on Lancasters at 514 Squadron, RAF Waterbeach. I was able to trace descendants of several of his crewmates and find photos. Previously there had been no known photos of this crew. It really brought home to me the bravery of these young men and the scale of the losses. Anything I can do to help document and preserve their history and honour their sacrifice, I am happy to do.
I have had an interest in history since I was very young. My particular interest in Bomber Command has been ignited through my father in law who is a Bomber Command Veteran and was a member of 101 Squadron. Last yeat my husband and I had the privilege of going with him to RAF Connisby to welcome VERA over from Canada and also to watch the cutting of the first turf for the Bomber Command Memorial.
I am retired with some time on my hands. I have an interest in Bomber Command as I live very near where the memorial will be erected. I worked for 3 years at the Visitor Centre at RAF Coningsby Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Of course I saw the Lancaster fly many times and was fascinated by all the information and stories about Bomber Command. I have recently helped with a Shared Learning Project to Transcribe documents from 1659. This is the Hall Book of Grantham and was linked to an Isaac Newton Project. Very satisfying project. I would love to be involved in research or data inputting and to see the Memorial completed.
I spent my whole working life as a journalist in Lincolnshire, the great part of which was at the Grimsby Evening Telegraph where I was the assistant editor before I was forced to retire on health grounds. Over those years I developed a keen interest in the county's aviation history which I was able to expand even further when retirement gave me more time to devote to it. Before then I had written a series of heavily-illustrated books entitled 'Maximum Effort' which were co-published by the Grimsby Evening Telegraph and told the story in words and pictures of wartime 1 Group, its men, its aircraft and its airfields. Post retirement, I was fortunate enough to have published a book which is still, 17 years on, in print, 'Lincolnshire Airfields in the Second World War'. This was followed by a similar book on airfields in Yorkshire. It, too, is still on sale. In 2013 I had published in hardback a more detailed account of 1 Group's history, '1 Group: Swift to Attack. Bomber Command's Unsung Heroes'. I am also an occasional contributor to aviation history's premier magazine, FlyPast, on a variety of subjects connected with wartime Bomber Command. But the main single reason that I put my name forward as a volunteer is that among the names on the memorial on Canwick Hill will be that of Flying Officer Bernard Otter, navigator, 9 Squadron - my father. He was killed over Berlin six months before I was born and I would like to think that by helping in some small way with the memorial project, we are keeping alive his memory and the memory of all those other fine men who gave their lives flying from our county
I am a military aviation history buff with a long held interest in Bomber Command. Recently I met with two old boys who are veterans and had a great time listening to their stories. I have also discovered a distant relative served and was lost while on a mission in Germany.
I can't think of a more apt way of recording the personal stories for future generations than using video and audio interviews.
Having retired from a 35 year career at the sharp end of the NHS, I was looking around for something worthwhile to fill my time. I came across an article about the work of, the then, Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial and decided to become a volunteer.
Initially I worked as a data checker, ensuring that the data on the memorial walls would be accurate. I have also helped man the IBCC stand at quite a number of events, which is an amazing experience. I also, recently, attended a training day at The University of Lincoln which will enable me to carry out interviews for The Oral History Project.
My link with Bomber Command is my late father who flew with 622 Squadron and 7 Squadron PFF. Like many veterans he rarely spoke of the awful things he had seen and endured whilst flying with Bomber Command. However, he would often laugh about the light hearted times. He was proud to have served, and especially so of being selected for service in the elite Pathfinder Force and being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
Bomber Command veterans did a very difficult and extremely dangerous job and it has taken far too long for this to be nationally recognized. I am very proud to be the son of one.
By doing my bit for the IBCC I hope to help immortalize the memory of those who lost their lives and celebrate the memory of those who survived. Meeting these men, now in the Winter of their years, is a great honour and always an immense pleasure.
Greetings my name is Pete Lincoln and currently live in Metheringham, although my name may suggest I come from Lincoln unfortunately I do not, I do come from a place called Grangetown Teeside, Middlesbrough but I left home mid 70's to join the Army and see the world like majority of us do, then I met my wife who came from Lincolnshire so we decided to move here for a quite life:-)
When I saw the opportunity to volunteer my services with this a great project who could refuse and not only that but who could forget what these men & women who protected our land in our of need and the least I/we can give is our time to help and remember what they did so here I am giving my 10 pence worth and looking forward to meeting the characters and the opportunity to listen to stories and in my case pull up a sand bag:-)
Needless to say I am sure someone maybe thinking do I have a connection with the RAF (not that its a barrier) I guess for my part I have jumped out of many a plane, helicopters, & a ballon durring my time and for me the best of times:-)
Until I can think of something to say hope to meet some folks and roll on with the project:-)
P.S. Yes I can make great tea & coffee lol:-)
Hello, My name is Peter Russell. I am a serving RAF Officer at RAF
Waddington. I work on 8 Squadron and fly E-3D Sentry aircraft. I've been
in the RAF for 13 years. Prior to my career in the RAF I spent my younger life moving around as an RAF Scaley. My dad was an RAF Drill Instructor, conducting recruit training from RAF Halton and overseas tours in Sardinia, Germany and Cyprus. Sadly the RAF are no longer at Decimomannu, but I certainly see my fair share of Cyprus these days!
It always amazed that for years there was never a Bomber Command Memorial in either London or Lincolnshire. Thankfully London now has an amazing memorial to the many thousands of Bomber Command Aircrew who gave their lives for us. What was missing? A memorial in Bomber County! Over the last few years I have been humbled by the exciting work carried out by the volunteers and staff working incredibly hard to bring the dream of an International Bomber Command Center to Lincolnshire. The location, overlooking the city of Lincoln, and the recently installed spire are a true testament to the hard work carried out by everyone at the IBCC. I would like very much to volunteer in anyway I can. I am available for pretty much any work, so please do get in touch!
Born in Italy in a German-speaking family - and in this way representing the other side of the Second World War - I am honoured and proud to give my contribution to this challenging project. Working in a very friendly environment also gives me the opportunity to do some background research and dive into a historical period which I am very interested in. The documents I handle are of the greatest historical and personal significance - I am very happy to make this material available for a wider public.
I am a freelance translator and a science communicator, with a background in science journalism and previous experience working in Italy and at the Deutsches Museum in Germany. I have been involved in the project since July 2015 and since then have been translating technical, military and personal documents from German to English. I also routinely translate into German flyers, booklets and exhibitions, supporting effectively the expansion of the IBCC project in German-speaking Europe.
I am a lifelong aviation enthusiast and am particularly interested in pre-1950's military aviation history. I grew up in Lincolnshire and often visited the sites of former Bomber Command stations growing up. My father instilled my passion for aviation, he owned and flew a 1940's Auster light aircraft that he often took me flying in. I am also a keen aero-modeller and have flown gliders and light aircraft intermittently over the years as well as being involved in the rebuilding of several light aircraft..
Outside aviation, my other interests include painting and drawing (admittedly, mainly aviation subjects), I play jazz and blues piano and am enthusiastic about classic cars, having owned a 1970 Triumph Spitfire for job is as a the best part of a decade.
Ruth and Peter are almost retired and live in Canwick and have watched the building of the Memorial with interest, particularly as Peter is a civil engineer.
During the last war, Peter's father worked in radar and similar areas, while Ruth's father was a signaller in the 8th Army.
As a teacher Ruth is interested in volunteering to help with the educational aspects.
Peter has family in South West Australia, Adelaide and Canberra and both would be interested in collecting oral histories while travelling to out there to visit them, or whilst travelling in UK and Europe.
I retired from the RAF as a Wing Commander in 2007, after a 34 year career as an Air Electronics Officer (AEO), and over 5000 hours flying Vulcans (44 (R) Sqn), Nimrods, Canberras and numerous other aircraft, I also served for many years in a variety of roles in the AWC at RAF Waddington and MOD in London. For the last 10 years I have worked for Leonardo MW Ltd, as an International Marketing Executive. In 2008 I joined the Vulcan to the Sky team and for 8 remarkable years flew as the AEO on XH558, the restored Vulcan bomber, flying many terrific displays and formation flights, culminating with her last sortie in Oct 2015. One of my most memorable flights was flying over the IBCC in formation with the the BBMF and Canadian Lancasters (the Three Avro Sisters) in 2015. I'm retiring from full time work at the end of April 2017 and, living locally with my wife Hazel, have volunteered to assist the IBCC's aims and maintain my connection with the RAF and Bomber County.
I have a long RAF history and am keen to get involved and help raise the profile of this excellent project.
From an early age I was always interested in aircraft and it was my ambition to enlist in the RAF as an Aircraft Mechanic Airframe, or as it is known as, "Rigger" . As soon as I was old enough I enrolled as an Air Cadet with 204 Sqn in 1973. After leaving school in 1977 at the age of 16 I went to the RAF careers office in Lincoln only to be told I was too young to train as airframe mechanic, which is what I wanted to be, and come back in a year when I had some qualifications behind me! So during the meantime in 1978 I became a trainee tool maker I then had some qualifications behind me. In July 1979 I was made redundant as the company which was a family run firm went into administration. The day I was given the news I went straight down to the careers office and sat the entrance exam but had to wait for a vacancy to be a "Rigger". So after 6 months of waiting and doing other jobs in between in, I "joined up" in the RAF on the 18 Dec 1979 and trained as a " Rigger", My first posting was to RAF Coningsby on Phantoms, then to RAF Lossiemouth on Buccaneers, then to RAF Gutersloh on Harriers and finally my last tour was to RAF Kinloss on Nimrods, leaving the RAF on the 17 Dec 1994.
In 1996 my wife Maggie and I visited her half brother Brian Murray who lives in Essex and we discovered his father, Archie ( he was known as "Jock") had enlisted in the RAF in 1936 as a vehicle mechanic as that was his previous occupation. At the outbreak of war in 1939 he volunteered for flying duties as an air gunner and was a "tail end charlie" on Wellingtons, receiving the DFM and DFC. He continued to fly on Wellingtons, surviving 95 operations before being posted to RAF Annan where he flew as an air gunner on Catalina's before being discharged in 1945 with the rank of Flt Lt.
His son still has his log books along with his medals and being ex RAF myself and knowing my interest he showed me his fathers log books detailing some of the raids he took part in and his training.
We have some photos of him and his wife Molly who was a WAAF, when they were married along with a press cutting which provides a brief history of his service career.
To become a volunteer is to ensure that future generations will never forget the sacrifice that these young men made will be honoured forever.
I am a military historian enthusiast with a keen interest in the Venezia-Giulia area (Italy).
Since 2006 I have given my contribution to different initiatives and projects organised by local public bodies and private associations active in the field. In 2015, along with a team of local independent researchers, I systematically studied an underground anti-aircraft shelter in the coastal town of Monfalcone - the outcomes of that study became the core of an exhibition hosted by the Società Monfalconese di Mutuo Soccorso (Monfalcone Mutual Society). The exhibition was jointly curated by me and the historian and potholer Maurizio Radacich, who was my first point of contact with the IBCC.
Just happy to help in anyway possible so these brave men & women will never be forgotten
I was listening to Radio Lincolnshire, while at the allotment in April 2014, when Dave Gilbert was asking for volunteers. I immediately thought this is something I wanted to get involved with. I don't have any connections with the RAF, but I have an enthusiasm for local aviation history. While carrying out the research, I became involved with task and realised how important it was to record the correct information of the lost aircrew required for the database. It is a great honour and a privilege to be involved with the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial, which I would like to continue for years to come.
Having served for 36 years as RAF aircrew on Nimrods and the Sentry E-3D aircraft I feel a certain affinity with those who flew in Bomber Command during WW2 and feel privileged in being able to help with this project which is a fitting tribute to those who gave their lives. Having semi retired since leaving the RAF in 2012 and having heard Dave Gilbert talking about the project on BBC Radio Lincolnshire I had no hesitation is contacting him to offer my time to help out with the database.
When going through each name checking the details it really brought home the importance of having a lasting memorial to these brave people who volunteered to do something so dangerous. Each name has a story to tell and the young ages of many and the fact that so many were a long way from home really had an impact. It also means I am more than happy to continue to help with the project and I look forward to meeting some of the other volunteers at more events in the future.
My connection with Bomber Command is through a friend's great-uncle, FSGT Ken Glover (RAAF), a rear gunner in 463 Squadron who was killed with his crew over Berlin on Christmas Eve 1943. He was a married man with a daughter he never met and he was 19 years old. My partner Lucie Davison and I became fascinated with Bomber Command after reading Ken's diary and hearing his story.
My father was part of Bomber Command during their final years, while he served with the Thor missiles on project Emily. From this i have grown up with the history of Bomber command and the Royal Air Force. My interest is in all thing related to Bomber command and the Royal Air Force within Lincolnshire. At the present time I’m involved with AHL and the fledgling heritage centre at the viewing area at RAF Waddington.
My father was a working class boy and left school at 14 without qualifications. At the outbreak of war he volunteered to join the air force as an air gunner. However, the aircrew selection committee suggested he should consider training as a pilot (he was very knowledgeable about aviation). It was recommended that he should return within a year with school certificate qualifications. This he did.. He was sent to the USA as part of the Arnold scheme and gained his wings there. He served eventually with 640 squadron as a warrant office pilot flying Halifaxs.
I have written a so far unpublished illustrated short story based on his experiences entitled "Bristol Bomber Boy - from Bedminster to Bomber Command". The inspiration came from being bequeathed his flying log book and his wartime US photograph album. In writing this I wanted to make the point that although it seems most stories about the wartime RAF focused on the officer class there were many NCOs captaining bombers. During the writing process I undertook research into the Arnold Scheme and his last raid on 25th April 1945 on the Wangerooge gun emplacements.
I am a retired teacher and university lecturer and currently practise as a counselling psychologist.
My father spent 32 years in the RAF and I followed him with 24. I spent a number of years at Wittering and Scampton as a ground crew member of the' V' force. I now live in Plymouth where I carry out military research for the splendid Victorian cemetery at Ford Park. I am also a guide for walks around the cemetery and also give talks to local groups of all shades and sizes. I recently compiled a booklet on the RAF personnel buried in the cemetery. There were a number of Bomber Command members among them. I have sent a copy of the booklet to the Archive at the IBCC. I feel the members of Bomber Command were given short shrift at the end of the war and this brilliant concept goes some way to redressing that appalling treatment.
My father/father in law served in Bomber Command in WW2. Researching his service we are amazed how much we didn't know.
He would never speak of it. We are pleased to have recorded his diary in IBCC archives for others to see in the future and would
be pleased to help anyone who wished to do the same.
Being ex RAF and living in Lincolnshire for the past 50 years on the site of the old RAF Skellingthorpe, I have always been interested in everything to do with the airfields and the history behind them. I am quite involved in Scouting but would like to be involved in the ibbc digital archive.
I volunteered for this following Dave Gilbert's visit to Radio Lincolnshire. It sounded a wonderful thing to be part of and I pulled over into a lay-by (I was on my way to Nottingham!) and rang immediately. I found the work checking the names fascinating, interesting and in some cases moving. I also believe very strongly and have for a long time that we should have this wonderful memorial. I hope I can help more in the future to further this work..
I am 71 years old, born during the Second World War. I am retired but try to be part of village life. I am Treasurer of our local Bowls Club, on the Committee of St Peter's Church and a Trustee of Navenby Town's Farm Trust. I suppose the reason for my interest is the fact that my husband has an enormous knowledge of pilots, planes and battles during the War, which after fifty years of married life has obviously become an interest of mine.
I recently retired from work and finding plenty of spare time on my hands I thought volunteering for the IBCC would be rewarding. Having grown up in Lincolnshire, with various family members serving in the RAF during the war, I couldn't help but be instilled with a certain amount of pride and interest in our local history. My father volunteered for many years at Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre so I feel I am carrying on the family tradition. He himself was inspired by the exploits of his brother John Sargeant who is currently featured in an exhibition at the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitors Centre.
I am a keen history student with a particular interest in military history. I have been researching the life and career of a RAAF family member for the past 12 years. He was KIA whilst serving with the RAF Pathfinders. I look forward to being a volunteer, learning and assisting where possible. :)
I am the very proud Great niece of Flight Sergeant Eric Twelves of 103 Squadron who flew out of Raf Elsham Wolds aged 22 aboard an Raf Wellington Bomber in January 1942 and never returned. Having hated history in my school years I have always had a huge love of Military Aviation, attending many air shows during the 1980s and early 1990s. Finding out from my Mum that there was a strong RAF connection in the family from World War 2 fuelled an unsuccessful bid to become a pilot on leaving school ( they didn't take women pilots in 1987) I then married an Airman instead, spending many years on married quarters and able to have close up view of the runways wherever posted. The onset of the internet and subsequent researching into my Great Uncle has kindled a love of all Aviation related heritage and history and I find it quite fascinating so the chance to volunteer for such an amazing project is a fantastic opportunity. I am a relatively new volunteer to the IBCC but hopes this grows as I have a great enthusiasm for the cause and creating a legacy for future generations to remember Bomber Command and what they gave for their country. I work as a full time self employed Child minder In Lincoln now and have 5 of my own children ( from 26 down to 6) whom I hope to pass on my interest to. I am still a huge Aviation enthusiast and photograph local Military Aviation at many of the local Air Bases as well as Air shows.
In 2016 I graduated from Alma Mater Studorium - University of Bologna with a dissertation about the public use of history in the establishment of the Italian Jewish Contemporary Documentation Centre - CDEC.
My interest in historiography and public history is rooted in my Bachelor's degree where I worked on a dissertation about the Israeli historical narrative and its difficulties in developing an Arab inclusive history teaching system.
Judaism, in its relationship with alterity and its self-representation, is the main context I refer to.
From this stance I took a Master's in "Judaism and modernity- Facing social and demographic change".
I also won the Rebecca Benatoff Research Prize in 2015 with a prject about "The other from the Jew - The outer enemy in the historical representation of the Italian conremporary Jewish community (1967-1982)".
I live in Branston and thought it would be nice to help out with the centre that is going to be at the end of the road! I am currently not working, hence the time to volunteer, but I began my career as a subtitler, typing in the subtitles for programmes on the BBC and Channel 4 for the hard of hearing. After a break to have my children, I then went into admin work at NK school and Lincolnshire Sport. I am a quick typist and therefore thought I may be of use!
I have a Bachelor degree in History from the University of Milan - UNIMI and a Master degree in Contemporary History from the University of Bologna - Alma Mater Studiorum.
Political and ideology history have been the focus areas of both bachelor and master thesis: the first being a study of the Italian royal army from 1861 until until WW2. Anthropologic methodology, analysis of military documents and the Men's study theory underpin my research.
Since 2012 I've been a member of "Laboratorio Lapsus", an association of young historians who actively work on Public history with a transdisciplinary approach.
I have recently graduated with a degree specialising in public relations and I'm looking to use my skills to bring more awareness to important projects and organisations. During my time at university, I volunteered part-time as a PR assistant for the Mercian Regiment HQ. My role has included collating information for the internal newsletter, writing and distributing press releases, admin tasks and researching previous events/background on soldiers for future projects.
I joined the IBCC after attending the Spire Unveiling Ceremony as a volunteer helper, in October 2015.
I am now a member of the Volunteer Leader Panel and volunteer for the IBCC as the Administrator for newly recruited volunteers.
I have an interest in Bomber Command and a long association with Lincolnshire and it's links to the Royal Air Force.
I was looking for an interesting volunteering opportunity and came across the IBCC project. Although I am very keen on history, my link to the RAF is very tenuous, in that my mother's first husband, William Brown, was a navigator on a Manchester. I believe that he was shot down and killed in 1941. My half sister, who was born after the event, never knew her father. My own father was in the Royal Engineers during the war, and several members of my family have since served in the Royal Navy, but I have always been more interested in anything to do with aviation, particularly from the WW11 era. I look forward to helping out on this special project in any way that I can, and playing a small part in honouring the thousands of men who lost their lives.
I have always had an interest in industrial and war time history. Since coming to Lincolnshire 29 years ago I have found out more about Bomber County and the role it played . Having just retired I read a piece in the Lincolnshire Echo about the need for volunteers and so decided to see if I could be of use.
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My dad's a veteran of 49 squadron Bomber Command and I'd like to offer whatever little help I can to this great project.
I'm an ex Royal Air Force Warrant Officer, now fully retired, with a keen interest in RAF History, and served on both 101 and 203 Squadrons; I was a Personnel Administrator. I also spent over 6 years in the RAF Careers Service, as a Cpl, Sgt and WO and was a qualified Instructor. Before I joined the a RAF I was a member of 218 (Rotherham) Squadron ATC.
After leaving the RAF I was employed in Local Government where I was responsible for the IT training of both Council staff and Councillors and qualified as a Microsoft Master Instructor in 2003.
I have really enjoyed volunteering to help in the project and look forward to helping in further challenges!
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Having recently taken early retirement and moved to Lincolnshire I was looking for a volunteering opportunity in which I could make use of skills developed in my previous life, when I heard a program on the local radio about Bomber Command Centre asking for volunteers with IT skills and knowledge. It sounded like just what I wanted to occupy my spare time especially during the winter months when the garden is dormant. So hopefully you can make use of the fact that I was an IT Services Manager with responsibility for projects and a lot of experience with using spreadsheets and databases.
It also would be a good opportunity to find out about the real experiences of RAF personnel during the war as opposed to the myths/legends/tall stories promoted in comic books/films etc remembered from my early childhood in the 50’s and 60’s, especially having an indirect link to Bomber Command as my late father-in-law was in 142 squadron as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner based around Lincolnshire, who very rarely spoke about his time in the squadron.
As a teenager I was inspired by an old sweat air gunner. Ron Liversage was an 'Arse End Charlie' on Lancasters during the war who made it to my passing out parade in 1988. Twenty nine years later I am also non-commissioned aircrew in a multi-engined RAF aircraft, and have the utmost respect for all those who have served in Bomber Command as well as the wider Armed Forces. The International Bomber Command Centre is a fitting memorial to all those who lost their lives and a welcome focal point for those who survived.
Although I have no direct connections with Bomber Command I was born in Lincoln and lived in Washingborough, which is only a few miles from the site in my childhood. I am now based in the East Midlands and work as a Finance Director for a number of companies.
I joined the project in August 2016 as Financial Controller working on the People panel. I am excited to be involved in such an interesting and worthwhile project.
From Leicester (an avid family history volunteer and researcher) - my father Raymond Ernest Page (1922-1996) a navigator, served in 83 Squadron (operational March 1944 to August 1944) from RAF Wyton & Conningsby. His plane PB292 'S' for sugar was shot down over Jutland on 26/27 August 1944. My father and the Pilot James Verran survived and were POWs. I recently visited the crash site and met local people who still care for the graves of the five who died and are buried in Randbol Churchyard, they have a memorial service each year. Various part of the plane have been unearthed including an RAF navigators watch that was found with a metal detector - they have given the watch to me.
I really enjoy my role with IBCC as Admin Assistant, I have met some lovely people, including some amazing Veterans, and feel that both the Memorial and the Interpretation Centre will be a really fitting tribute to everyone that was involved in Bomber Command, both those actively serving in the Command and those on the ground and their extended families, in the UK and Internationally. The Volunteer team are amazing and have put in so many hours to make the project a success, really stirling work!
I am the very proud daughter of Flt Lt Harold "Homer" Lawson DFC, Navigator with 10 Squadron 1943 - 44. He was based at Melbourne airfield in Yorkshire on Halifax bombers where he completed 38 Operations including D Day. He then transferred to 77 Squadron and moved to India to support the Burma campaign. He died when I was only 13 so I never had the opportunity to hear his stories. I attended the opening of the Spire with our veteran friends from 10 Squadron where I heard about the opportunity to support. I am now an oral interviewer to ensure these stories are held for future generations to hear. It is a real honour to meet and interview these veterans to whom we all owe so much.
I am Yorkshire by birth, I lived in Lincoln for 28 years from being 2 yrs old. I have no family connection to Bomber Command, but from an early age I was used to seeing the aircraft of the county’s RAF bases flying around; being taken to RAF Waddington by Dad to watch the Vulcans practicing and I was fascinated. My parents brought me up to respect all those who fought for us during the war and told my sister and I the stories of counting the Lancaster’s out and back in again when they were children. Seeing a Lancaster in flight and hearing the Merlin engines struck a real cord with me, and I was hooked! At school, my History exam subject was, naturally, The Dambusters, and luckily that year the Bouncing Bomb was unveiled at Scampton next to the Gate Guard ( Just Jane) and I was invited to the unveiling and given a tour inside. I left Lincoln to marry and returned 4 years ago having taken early retirement...perfect timing!...The last 4 years have been spent catching up with the BBMF, meeting VeRA and learning so very much about the boys who flew and fought for us across the Commonwealth. It is the latter which has meant the most to me and brought me to tears on many occasions. Having being lucky enough to have flown in a Lancaster now, I feel I can appreciate just a little of what the Bomber Crews went through for us for hours on end, and it humbles me. To be able to repay their courage in some small way is why I am a volunteer...we owe them so much!.
When I was young I was intrigued by the story of my uncle, Johnnie Homewood, who was lost somewhere over Germany in World War 2. At that age I was determined to find him, hopefully alive, and possibly living some alternate life where he'd forgotten about his English family.
It was only recently that I actually started doing something about that childhood urge. After my father passed, soon after his sister, I realised there was no one left from their generation to tell my uncle's story so I started trying to piece together what I could. And I was amazed at what I could find out, from the squadron ORBs, to the stories from other pilots who shared his last mission, to pictures of the other crew members who perished with him, kindly provided by their family.
I want to continue to discover the story of these men (boys) who walked straight into this life and death struggle with fear and courage. And I hope to help others hear these stories, from those still with us who survived that struggle.
As well as being particularly interested in World War 2's European theatre, I have a keen interest in North Africa as my Grandfather was a tank engineer in Egypt. I also have a personal connection with the RAF/WAAF as my Great Aunt was a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force during WW2.
Volunteering with the International Bomber Command Centre project was something I could not resist. I look forward to getting involved with projects, meeting other volunteers and interacting with as many veterans of World War 2 as possible.
I am a retired Company Director working most recently in the Highway Maintenance industry. I am a qualified accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Highway and Transportation. My University Degree is a II(I) Joint Honours in History and Archaeology.
I have had a lifetime interest in the second World War and in particular the RAF role with a number of family connections to the RAF. I do a lot of Family History research and would like to do education and research type work to support this project. I have good computer skills with networks, word processing, spreadsheets, databases etc.
Despite having no family connection to Bomber Command, I have held a passionate interest for the subject since as long as I can remember. I am currently serving in the RAF and have been fortunate to have served on numerous former Bomber Command airfields across the UK - including; Coningsby, Cottesmore, Dishforth, Linton on Ouse, Marham , Topcliffe and Swinderby (recruit training!)
I have also twice served on 78 Sqn (now sadly disbanded) who during WWII, suffered the highest percentage losses of any Halifax Sqn and suffered the third highest losses of any Bomber Command Sqn.
During my last tour on 78 (2009-2012), I offered to act as the voluntary Sqn History Officer. It was during this tour that I volunteered to be one of the "Escorts" to the Sqn Standards of all the (then) still operational ex Bomber Sqn's at the unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London by HM the Queen. This memorable event still stands as the greatest privilege of my career to date.
Notwithstanding the achievement of the mighty Lancaster, given my connections to 78 Sqn, I am biased towards the sometimes overlooked other aircraft of Bomber Command - specifically the Whitley & Halifax which were the mainstay's of No 4 Gp,
Having lived in "Bomber County" for over ten years, it was an obvious natural progression to volunteer early to assist with the IBCC. I was invited to attend the turf cutting ceremony at Cannock Hill and have been assisting Dave Gilbert with the research & compilation of the casualty names initially from 1 & 5 Gp, and then from further afield since.
I also provide many, many images of Bomber Command Memorials be they; Aircraft Crash Sites, Airfield Memorials or even Village Signs to Chris Johnson which are then subsequently published on the IBCC FB page on a regular basis for the benefit and interest of all. I dread to think just how many miles and hours spent in cars I have completed to visit these sites. There are many more still to visit and new onw are being dedicated all the time. The important thing is that the effort of all those who served in Bomber Command should never be forgotten.
My latest project is the compilation of the Bomber Command losses for the additional periods of; 14 July 1936 to 02 Sep 1939 and also 09 May 1945 to 30 Apr 1968
I am extremely humbled to be part of an amazing team who in different ways are bringing a small but vital part of our aviation history to life and right here in Lincolnshire
I have lived in Lincolnshire all my life and I worked for Lincolnshire Police, in a civilian role, for over 30 years. The last 20 years were in the Intelligence Unit where I discovered a love of research. Since taking early retirement in 2011 I have managed to fill my days with voluntary work and generally taking life at a much slower rate. I wasn’t keen on history at school but as I get older it fascinates me. In my spare time I transcribe and research letters dating from the 1600’s to 1900’s and in particular from the Crimean War. I often find myself on a very steep learning curve depending on the contents. I have volunteered to help transcribe the World War II letters and I am looking forward to learning more about the war from the first hand accounts.
My father, who is now 92, was a Lancaster pilot. He was shot down, captured, subsequently escaped and made his way back to England. My father in law was a Lancaster rear gunner who also survived the war and my uncle was a Lancaster navigator who sadly died during the war. I worked in the computer industry for many years before taking up teaching. I taught maths, English and IT to adults before retiring to the Hampshire.
I work in health / social care but am interested in becoming a volunteer for the project in my spare time as my great uncle was a member of Bomber Command. He's one of the people who is still missing, my grandma had to collect his DFC in his absence so I'm particularly interested in the oral history project as it's so important to capture these stories before it is too late. As part of my job I facilitate listening events and focus groups so I hope I'll be a good fit for the oral history project. Oh and I have an ageing but still functional car so can travel! Also noticed you have held some past archaeology days - my degree is in archaeology and prehistory so would be happy to help out with that too if there's any more on the horizon!
I am an ex Halton Apprentice from the 90th Entry. I served in the RAF from 1958 to1972 including 4years on V bombers. I emigrated to Australia in 1973 and worked as an aircraft engineer until retiring in 2007. I am happy to assist in International BCC activities in the Brisbane and Queensland areas.
It is going to be a privilege to be a volunteer. Having researched the air war over Belgium since the '80s, I have a lot of (personal) archive material to forward to the centre. Some of this info was also made useful to Bill Chorley for instance and several other authors. Three of my books (in Flemish) have already been published about the Manchester and Lancaster Losses over Belgium. I also studied, and have written, about the career of the German Nightfighter Schnaufer, which learned me a lot about the crews which were his victims. Furthermore was I involved in the recovery of missing airmen, both British, Canadian, and German. The aluminum that we recovered from the Canadian Halifax was eventually used for the roof of the Bomber Command Memorial in Londen. On which I was present during the unveiling by the Queen. Anyway, the subject is of great interest to me!
I have a bachelor degree in Contemporary History with a thesis about the use of photography as a historic primary source and I am now working towards the completion of a master's degree of Anthropology and Ethnography.
I'm really interested in oral history and I study the use (and abuse) of history in the political arena.
Volunteering for the IBCC in oral history is a great opportunity to further improve my skills.
Since 2009 I've been a member of "Laboratorio Lapsus", an association of young historians who actively work on Public history with a transdisciplinary approach.
I have discovered so much about what happened in WW2 from being involved with International Bomber Command Centre, I love research and the project has allowed me to indulge my passion for research, history and people! I loved the Archaeology Day, and was expecially happy that I was allowed to do some scraping and washing of artifacts found on the site, it was also great to meet other Volunteers and talk about this exciting project.