War Memorials WAR MEMORIALS
RAF in Lincolnshire

 

Welton The greatest construction of war memorials took place in the years following the Great War of 1914-1919. They are to be found in towns and villages across the country and represent the greatest number of all public monuments.

By far the greatest number of memorials for the second world war are those commemorating personnel of the Commonwealth and Allied Air Forces, with dedication of new memorials continuing to the present day. Although not all the stations and squadrons are yet commemorated by a memorial the list of those that are grows each year.

To set these aviation memorials in their unique perspective the events they commemorate have occurred within the span of a single lifetime. Each is more than just a record of a unit's history, for they represent a sum of individual loss.

As befits Bomber County Lincolnshire probably has more memorials to personnel of the Air Forces than anywhere else in the United Kingdom. Now almost 500 memorials across Lincolnshire mark the bravery and sacrifice of young men and women of many nations. Published in 1995, details of over 450 memorials at more than 100 sites are given in the definitive work The Air Force Memorials of Lincolnshire (see below).

Memorials range from the traditional -

Bardney
Bardney
East Kirkby
East Kirkby

Binbrook
Binbrook
Elsham Wolds
Elsham Wolds
Wickenby
Wickenby

to the more modern -

Binbrook
Binbrook
Waddington
Waddington

 

Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial

 

 

all text © Mike Ingham
all photographs © Mike Ingham


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