The perfect place to explore Lincolnshire's role in WW2
Known as Bomber County, Lincolnshire played a crucial role in the Second World War, with locally situated airfields playing a strategic part in the bombing of the enemy’s dams.
The county was the base for the famous Dambusters (617 squadron), under the leadership of Commanding Officer Guy Gibson, and The Petwood Hotel in nearby Woodhall Spa was the officers’ mess for the squadron. Today, The Petwood houses a Dambusters’ Memorial.
Modern day Lincolnshire is home to the Red Arrows and the only Lancaster Avro still operational in the UK, at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre in East Kirkby.
The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre is a family run memorial to the men who gave their lives in Bomber Command. A great place to visit to see an impressive collection of wartime vehicles and it is here that you can book a taxi ride on the Avro Lancaster Bomber NX611, Just Jane.
In Lincoln, The International Bomber Command Centre was opened in 2019 and has the country’s tallest war memorial, known as The Spire. The Spire has exactly the same height (31.09m) as the wingspan of a Lancaster Bomber, and is surrounded by walls bearing the names of the 57,871 who lost their lives while serving Bomber Command. The Spire sits in 10 acres of landscaped peace gardens and the centre also features exhibition galleries, children’s trails and craft sessions.
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With plenty to see and do around Lincolnshire it’s the perfect holiday destination with a wide range of activities.
Located in the East Midlands, Lincolnshire is the second largest county in England, second only to Yorkshire. Offering a diversity of landscapes, Lincolnshire is the home of vast skies and rich farming land to the south of the county and miles of golden beaches to the east. Add to the mix a host of historical towns such as Stamford, and the beautiful cathedral city of Lincoln, and you begin to get a feel for this glorious county.