The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre was established over 25 years ago on part of the former Royal Air Force East Kirkby. Residing within the museum site are a number of historic aircraft, from the iconic taxying Avro Lancaster Just Jane and an example of early Bomber Command operations in the shape of the Handley Page Hampden (under restoration) to airworthy WWII combat veteran C-47 Dakota Drag ‘em oot.
With the restored wartime control tower and a number of wartime vehicles, including the sole known surviving Ford WOT1 Crew Bus, the museum is now widely recognised as one of the leading sites commemorating Bomber Command and the terrible losses incurred by its personnel.
When visiting the museum and soaking up the atmosphere of the control tower or experiencing the roar of four Rolls Royce Merlin engines during a Lancaster taxy run, it is worth recalling the sobering statistics of war. For every 100 airmen who joined Bomber Command, 45 were killed, six were seriously wounded and eight became Prisoners of War. Of the 120,000 who served within Bomber Command a staggering 55,573 were killed – in fact on a single night of operations over occupied Europe, Bomber Command would suffer more losses than Fighter Command experienced during the entire duration of the Battle of Britain.
Please click on the relevant aircraft tabs to the left for more information. The L.A.H.C. official website can be visited HERE.