The charity, Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial, which owns and runs the International Bomber Command Centre, in Lincoln, was set up to finally recognise and remember the Many, those brave men and women from 62 nations who served or supported Bomber Command.
The project has been entirely funded through donations and grant funding and receives no central government support. It took the team over 8 years to raise the necessary funds to build this multi-award winning centre and Memorial, which provides the only place in the world where all 58,000 lives lost in the Command are commemorated, individually, by name.
It now includes the biggest single free-to-access digital resource on the Command including documents, photographs, letters, oral testimonies and records those who perished.
Importantly, the centre focusses not only on those who served, but covers those who suffered as a result of the campaign and the struggle to rebuild post war, promoting reconciliation.
Since opening, the project has put over 6,000 children through its award-winning education programme, ensuring that the service and sacrifice of the many will always be remembered.
COVID has had a devastating effect on our finances, having wiped out income during closure by 90% and the pain continues with 89% of bookings cancelled to the end of the year.
This centre, which ensures that this key period in our history and those that were involved are never forgotten is now at risk of closure, without your help.
Help us continue to preserve the memories of an incredible generation of men and women so that we can educate and inspire the generations that follow.
We know some will prefer to donate directly and so cheques, made out to LBCM, should be sent to International Bomber Command Centre, Canwick Avenue, Lincoln, LN4 2HQ
Sqn Ldr George "Johnny" Johnson MBE DFM is the last surviving member of the Dambusters. He has been an avid supporter of the IBCC, from the early days and has personally raised money through signings and talks. This interview was recorded on the opening of the IBCC in April 2018. Johnny explains how important this project is to those who served and future generations.
Here's a short film from Colin McFarlane, IBCC supporter, Dark Knight and Outlander actor, and voice of ITV's Cube.
WW2 Author, Historian and Broadcaster, James Holland explains why keeping this centre open is so important.
Carol Vorderman is a TV presenter and columnist, best known for 26 years on Channel 4's Countdown and as the host for the Pride of Britain Award. She is an Honorary Air Commodore for the RAF Cadets. In 2018, Carol hosted the Opening Concert for the IBCC.
John Sergeant is a journalist, broadcaster, author and presenter and has supported the IBCC for many years. In 2018 he hosted the Official Opening Ceremony.
Cadet Lance Corporal Adrian Robson recently launched a challenge with his cadet group to climb over 89,000 steps to "summit" Mount Everest. hear why he did it here:
Charlotte is the CEO of the main tourism body representing Lincolnshire, Visit Lincoln. She has supported the project for the last 5 years and is passionate about promoting all that the county has to offer. Hear why the centre is so important to the county.
Rusty Waughman DFC AFC Ld'H is a Bomber Command veteran who served with 101 Squadron, which suffered the highest loss rate of the war. He has been a fantastic supporter of the IBCC and has raised money for the project.
Neil Farrell is a Lancaster Pilot and Bomber Leader with the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, based at Coningsby. He has flown the Lancaster over the IBCC Memorial Spire a number of times.
Thank you for your support.