Remembering the fallen who flew

A memorial spire erected on Canwick Hill in Lincoln, eastern England, was unveiled on Friday, along with a series of nameplates on which are being engraved the names of the 25,611 aircrew members who lost their lives flying from bases in Lincolnshire
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A memorial spire erected on Canwick Hill in Lincoln, eastern England, was unveiled on Friday, along with a series of nameplates on which are being engraved the names of the 25,611 aircrew members who lost their lives flying from bases in Lincolnshire during World War II.     

The International Bomber Command Centre will commemorate the members of the RAF Bomber Command aircrew from British, Commonwealth and other nations who died in the war.     

Lincoln Cathedral with its spire provided a landmark for crews both leaving and returning from missions and, for those who failed to return, the cathedral was often their last image of home.

Lincolnshire housed over a third of all the World War II Bomber Command stations.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 04, 2015, with the headline 'Remembering the fallen who flew'. Print Edition | Subscribe