Julie Priestley, General Manager at DBS, was delighted to pay a visit to the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln on Thursday 15th September as part of the Business Women’s Link group (BWL).
The site which sits on Canwick Hill aims to gather and conserve the history and heritage of the Bomber Command. It features the tallest memorial construction in the UK - a 31.09m spire which is the actual wingspan of a Lancaster Bomber. It also houses a commemorative Wall of Names which currently includes 27,296 names of servicemen with plans for further names from across the UK, Europe and the Far East to be added.
Once finished the centre will include a peace garden and the lottery funded ‘Chadwick Centre’, named after the designer of the Lancaster Bomber. This will house resources, artworks, exhibitions, shops, multimedia suites, corporate entertainment and a restaurant.
Commenting on her visit, Julie said: “The work and detail that is going into the centre is amazing. It is such a beautiful site for the memorial. What better way to commemorate all those young men who died serving to protect us. I can’t wait to visit again once it is completed”.
During the Second World War Lincolnshire was known as “Bomber County’ as it was the Headquarters of 1 and 5 Groups and was home to a third of all the UK’s stations, with many well known-operations beginning here. Over 125,000 men served in the aircrew of the Bomber Command during the Second World War and sadly less than 70,000 of them returned.