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After having been delayed, it is time to officially unveil the International Bomber Command Centre in an opening ceremony. Not only that, they will also be celebrating 100 years of the Royal Air Force. The RAF has been prominent in Lincoln’s history with multiple airbases surrounding the city.
Back in 2014 work began on the £10 million centre, which would provide a prominent memorial to the Bomber Command crews. As well as this, a visitor centre for the public. The people apart of the crews were tasked with attacking airbases, troops, shipping and industrial complexes in Germany, all of which were connected to the war effort.
58,000 names have been cut into the memorial spire at the International Bomber Command Centre. All the men and women who lost their lives in WW2 can be honored in the newly-built centre and remembered by the country. Men and women from over 60 nations contributed to fighting in the war and will be featured.
When it came to choosing the site for the command centre, Lincoln was the best choice. Lincoln was chosen because it was a central point for 27 bomber bases that were in Lincolnshire. The county of Lincolnshire housed a third of all World War Two Bomber Command stations. Lincolnshire had often been given the title of ‘Bomber County’.
While the opening ceremony takes place in April, the official opening is much sooner. From January 2018, the International Bomber Command Centre will be open 6 days a week (closed on Mondays). You will be able to visit during the opening hours, which are 9.30am to 5pm.