South Lincolnshire has a proud and colourful wartime aviation heritage, from WWI through WWII, into the Cold War and to the present day.
2018 is a special year in that very special history. It’s the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force and an RAF100 programme of events is commemorating the district’s own illustrious chapter from the early days of the Royal Flying Corps to the iconic Dambusters’ Raid of 1943, D-Day, Arnhem and countless other allied efforts.
Events include talks, walks, exhibitions, an Open Day at Harlaxton Manor and a musical conclusion at St Wulfram’s Church in Grantham in November
2019 approaches as the 75th anniversary of D-Day and we have paid homage to history-making allied airborne efforts from local airfields.
Our publications record airfield sites and histories with personal stories across the years as a published legacy.
Watch our video harking back to the eve of D-Day with American Pathfinder paratroopers flying from RAF North Witham (known today as Twyford Woods near Colsterworth) and one of the great untold stories of the war - the mid-air training collision over Lincolnshire that killed seven combat decorated veterans and Major Jerry, the pilot's Dalmatian dog and canine forces celebrity.
Our proposed Ninth Air Force Trail will celebrate the role of America's 9th Troop Carrier Command during 1944.
We hope that our 'Heritage of Flight' publications inspire imaginations and encourage people to ponder the history on our doorstep. Personal stories from local people reflect deep abiding memories from another era - and the huge debt of thanks owed to service personnel from across the globe who served here.
See the RAF100 programme here