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Updated: 30 Sep 06
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre
RAF East Kirkby is now home to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre (view their website) which opened in 1989.
The Centre maintains one of two Lancaster bombers in Lincolnshire (the other is part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby). The aircraft is run out on high-speed taxys at regular intervals. There is also an original bouncing bomb, as designed by Barnes Wallis and used by 617 Sqn in the Dambusters Raid. Other attractions include a fully-restored control tower and memorial chapel, wartime blast shelter, air raid shelter and military vehicles. The Centre is also home to the Lincolnshire Recovery Group.
Open: Nov-Easter: Mon-Sat: 1000-1600
Admission: ? charged
Tel.: 01790 763207
Polish Bomber Squadrons Memorial
At RAF East Kirkby a Canadian Sugar Maple Tree commemorates all airmen who flew with the Polish bomber squadrons in Lincolnshire, and the ground crews who supported them. It was planted on 18 Mar 2000.
Also at the Centre are a number of panels which detail the Polish sqns based in Lincolnshire. There is a specific display on 316 Sqn's pilot Kapral A Bardecki who died in Norfolk when his Mustang crashed on 2 Oct 1944.
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