The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre was established over 25 years ago on part of the former Royal Air Force East Kirkby. Residing within the immaculate museum site are a
number of historic aircraft, from the iconic taxying Avro Lancaster Just
Jane to Tony Agar's ultra rare restoration of the de Havilland Mosquito in the form of his NF.II project. An example of early Bomber Command operations is slowly
taking shape on-site in the shape of the Handley Page Hampden (under restoration) and there's the 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
Please click on the relevant
aircraft tabs to the left for more information. The L.A.H.C. official website can be visited HERE.