A SAFE RETURN
1945 saw the end of a gruelling war in Europe. For six years Britain and its Allies fought to secure peace and freedom against the ambitions of the Third Reich. A key element in the war was the work of Bomber Command and the four-engine heavy bomber known as the Lancaster. Lancasters dropped more than 600,000 tons of bombs on 150,000 missions with the loss of some 55,000 aircrew. This Lancaster is one of only two remaining in Britain. It is housed at the former site of RAF East Kirkby, an important part of the extensive Bomber Command assets in Lincolnshire. After half a century of neglect the courageous aircrew of Bomber Command have recently been properly honoured. This aircraft does not fly but provides short taxi runs that cross the Meridian for those who want to experience some of England’s WW II history in person. Such nostalgia for national adversity and our imperial past continues to be very popular.