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Public service marking National Bomber Command Day to take place at the International Bomber Command Centre this Thursday

A new public service to mark National Bomber Command Day will take place at the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC), Lincoln on Thursday 28th July 2022.

2021 saw the 85th anniversary of Bomber Command’s formation. In recognition of this special milestone, the IBCC launched a day which will, much as the well-established Battle of Britain Day, become an integral part of the RAF’s annual cycle

Last year’s event saw guests including representatives from the Australian, American, Canadian, Italian, Jamaican and Dutch Governments, the Military, Politicians, Police Service, national heritage centres and museums, RAF Associations and leaders from our community.

So, why a Bomber Command Day? Each year we rightly celebrate Battle of Britain Day. September 1940 was a pivotal moment in World War 2; the Battle if lost, would have had a profound impact on the outcome of the war.

In his great speech paying tribute to The Few, Churchill also said: “We must never forget that all the time, night after night… our Bomber Squadrons travel far into Germany… often under the heaviest fire, often with serious loss… and inflict shattering blows upon… the technical and war-making structure of Nazi power.”

These hazardous missions continued until 1945 and the losses sustained were the heaviest of any campaign in WW2 – the bravery of those involved, all volunteers, drew the award of 23 Victoria Crosses and countless Distinguished Service Orders.

Their achievements? Let the reflections of Albert Speer, Hitler’s Minister for Armaments, speak for this: “Germany’s failure to defeat Bomber Command was Germany’s greatest lost battle of the whole war. The Strategic Bomber Offensive did more damage to the German war effort than losing every battle in Russia…”

Yet at war end all this was forgotten, no campaign medal and political distancing from mass bombing. An unbroken campaign slid quietly off the page.

In 2022, as part of the development of the event, IBCC will be holding a service during the afternoon of Thursday 28th July which will be open to the public. The event will feature standards from across the county, readings, the laying of wreaths and the playing of the Last Post. The service starts 2pm and all are welcome to join IBCC and its veteran guests to commemorate the achievements and impact of Bomber Command from 1936-1968.

The event takes place at the Memorial Spire at the International Bomber Command Centre, Canwick Avenue, Lincoln, LN4 2HQ.

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