The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) near Lincoln, will be hosting a public Service of Commemoration to mark the 85th anniversary of the formation of this legendary force. The service will see both veterans of Bomber Command joined by current serving personnel and the families and supporters of the Command.
On the 14th July 1936 the Command was formed, initially to act as a deterrent to aggression and then later as the means to take the offensive as Europe descended into War. For the next 32 years, until the creation of Strike Command, Bomber Command defended our freedom, supported humanitarian missions and helped to keep the peace.
Its contribution in the Second World War cannot be understated – without the bravery, service and sacrifice of those who served and supported their work, the War could not have been won. A million men and women, from across the world, supported the Command in WW2 alone, with 57,861 paying the ultimate price, more than serve in the Royal Air Force today. Their average age at death was just 23.
Each of these sacrifices are individually marked on the Walls of Names which surround the IBCC’s towering Spire Memorial, the only place in the world where all these losses are honoured. The Spire will provide the focus point for the anniversary service.
The service, on 14th July 2021, starts at 11.45 and will conclude with a flypast from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Dakota at 12.30.