Forces News has been given a special behind the scenes look at the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln, before its official opening later this year.
Work began on the multi-million-pound site back in 2014, where visitors will soon be able to explore thousands of stories.
Over a million men and women served or supported Bomber Command during the Second-World-War, and they suffered the highest losses of any unit.
And it’s their stories that are told at the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln.
The project has taken years to compile and cost 12 million pounds, but the stories are now recorded digitally and some of them have been brought to life by actors.
Nicky Barr, the centre’s director, told us about the project’s aims:
“This project is about recognition of the suffering and the risks on all sides, the remembrance of those who didn’t make it, and then reconciliation- understanding what happened, and using that to go forward”.
At the exhibition, a giant live map scrolls through time, the flashes representing each bombing campaign.
You can also experience what it was like to be part of a mission via interactive displays.
Outside, a memorial records the names of the nearly 58k people from bomber command who died, as Dr Dan Ellin, a curator at the centre, told us:
“This is the only place in the world where you can see the names of all these people.
“It has the names of those who flew the aircraft, but also those who lost their lives on the ground”.
The centre will be open to the public from the beginning of next month, and the official opening ceremony will take place in April as part of the RAF 100 celebrations.