Thursday, May 05, 2016

International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln

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We recently accompanied a couple of friends to the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) in Lincoln. This is a memorial to the men and women of Bomber Command who, during WW2, served in the RAF, often flying from airfields in Lincolnshire. The IBCC is currently under construction so we had to wear high-visibility vests and undertake a guided tour of the site and the completed sections of the memorial.

To date that includes a tall "spire" made of Cor-Ten steel and a series of commemorative walls surrounding the spire and made of the same material, These list the names of the 26,296 men of sixty nations who lost their lives serving in Bomber Command. It also includes a Lincolnshire Garden that has trees arranged to represent the relative location of the Bomber Command airfields of the county. The whole site is at the top of a hill that overlooks the city of Lincoln and which has a fine view of the medieval cathedral.

My photograph shows part of one of the steel memorial walls. People - perhaps relatives of those commemorated - had pushed British Legion poppies into some of the names. Over the next few years the project will be completed, but at present active fund raising is taking place. This includes a minimum of four guided tours of the site each month. We were pleased to experience one of these and to be able to make a donation.

photograph and text © Tony Boughen

Photo Title: Memorial Wall, International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln
Camera: Olympus E-M10
Mode: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 17mm (34mm - 35mm equiv.) crop
F No: f5.5
Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec
Exposure Compensation: -0.3 EV
Image Stabilisation: On