Bomber Command Memorial Spire Unveiled

Lincolnshire - or 'bomber county' as it was dubbed during the Second World War, was where 27 Bomber Command bases were stationed - that was a third of the total number.
26,296 of those who departed on missions from this county never returned - their enduring memory of the UK - indeed their last image of home from the air, would have been Lincoln Cathedral's glorious spire, the highest point on the horizon, before heading out east over a darkened sea.
For those volunteers who did survive a night time sortie into enemy territory, the sight of the spire upon returning, was a sign that they may yet live to fly again.  
Bomber Command Memorial Opened
Bomber Command Memorial Spire Opened
So it is with this in mind that a pointed spire - it's height the exact wingspan of a Lancaster Bomber (102 feet) - with line of sight to Lincoln Cathedral - is erected in the county that Bomber Command virtually made its home.  
Bomber Command Memorial Opened
The International Bomber Command Centre
Made from 55 tons of rust coloured weathered steel and dominating the horizon in much the same way that the cathedral does - it's hoped this memorial spire and the International Bomber Command Centre that will eventually be constructed around it, will prove a lasting reminder of the sacrifice made by so many, who left Lincolnshire more in hope than expectation of returning safely.
44% of the 125,000 in total that flew missions for Bomber Command were killed doing so, a total of 55,000 from 60 countries and five continents across the commonwealth. 
So far the only the 26,296 names of those who flew from 1 and 5 group based in Lincolnshire have been recorded in steel panels surrounding the memorial spire.
It's hoped that funding permitting - eventually all 55,000 names of those of Bomber Command who never came home - will have a lasting memorial in the county that so many of them held dear.  
Bomber Command Memorial Spire Opened