I was incredibly fortunate to learn that the International Bomber Command Centre was having one of its infrequent open days today. I popped along and took some photos. The IBCC will not open fully until December 2017 with an official opening on April 12 2018 (the 100th anniversary of the RAF).
They have installed the main spire and the names of those service people that died flying from Lincoln airfields (including the crew of ED559); further walls including the names of service personel flying from other airfields both in Britain and elsewhere will follow.
Around the spire trees have been planted (spaced to follow the position of each airfield relative to one another) for the 28 airfields that were active within Lincolnshire. The Chadwick Centre is still being built.
I look forward to returning in the future when it has been completed.
Below are pictures of the names of ED559's crew.
I learned that similar names are separated by three digits (the last three numbers of the person's service number). I also met three veterans and obtained a signed print of a Lancaster. It was great chatting to them - I could have chatted all day but other people were waiting to meet them.
Located at Waltham Windmill is a small museum and exhibition dedicated to the men and women that served at RAF Grimsby (Waltham) both during and after the Second World War.
Though small it has lots of information, photos and items displayed. ED559 is commemorated on the loss board. There is also a diaorama of the airfield during the war.
I was visiting Lincolnshire and managed to drop in on the former airfield at RAF Grimsby (known as Waltham to all those who served there during the war). There's not a great deal left on the site, a few buildings, the former control tower and some weed-strewn sections of tarmac (both main runways and peritrack).
The main sign has been replaced at the entrance though.
As and when information is found I'll post to this blog.
The last flight of Lancaster ED559