Bomber Command Memorial Spire unveiling

Words by:
Owen Scott
Featured in:
November 2015

On 2nd October the memorial for the airmen who served in Bomber Command during World War Two was officially opened by Lord Howe, Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence, who cut the ribbon in front of 300 of the remaining Bomber veterans.
Located on Canwick Hill in Lincoln – facing the Cathedral – the memorial spire measures thirty metres high, which is equivalent to the wingspan of a Lancaster Bomber. The Memorial Spire was designed by Lincoln based Place Architecture and is formed of two wing fragments, tapering as they rise towards the sky. Its steel wall will feature all 55,573 names of those who lost their lives serving in Bomber Command. The ceremony, presented by historian Dan Snow, was marked by fly-overs from a Vulcan, a Blenheim bomber, two Tornadoes and three Hawks. For many attendees, the day was a chance to remember family and friends who did not return from the war. Whereas for others the first sightings of the 102ft spire brought back memories of the hardships and struggles of war. Overlooked by Lincoln Cathedral, seen as a symbol of home, the spire has become a new beacon for Bomber Command.

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