Wednesday, August 30, 2006

A welcome sight: Lincoln Cathedral

A view of Lincoln Cathedral from the ramparts of Lincoln Castle

A news item at the end of August 2006 reported the dedication of a new Memorial to the thousands of airmen of RAF Bomber Command who lost their lives during the Second World War. Many former veterans of Bomber Command, relatives and friends attended the Service of Dedication at Lincoln Cathedral. Apparently, with a number of WW2 Bomber Command airfields being based in Lincolnshire, when airmen saw Lincoln Cathedral while returning to base meant they had survived another mission. .

In May 2005, which by coincidence was the 60th anniversary of V.E.Day, I was staying with relatives who live in Lincolnshire. Among the places we visited in the interesting and historic city of Linclon were its Cathedral and its Castle. Among the historic items we saw was one of the remaining examples of the Magna Carta from the reign of King John. I took this photograph of Lincoln Cathedral from the ramparts of the Castle on Saturday 7 May 2005. Lincoln Cathedral was a welcome sight for the airmen of Bomber Command and must still bring back many memories to former veterans to whom it meant so much. The view of the Cathedral is still an impressive one.


Blogger Peter G said...

The memorial was long overdue.

As some of you know, I live in Lincoln. Click here for further shots of the cathedral and Lincoln.

Thursday, 31 August, 2006  
Blogger Tomcann said...

Frank -
we shall always have the "gutless
buggers" as Monty called them who think that all war is wrong but would do nothing if they were attacked - these people should really be overrun as the Viennese people were in '45 by the Russians- that might make them want to fight !

Thursday, 31 August, 2006  
Blogger Peter G said...

Although I said that the Lincoln Cathedral memorial stone was long overdue, one aught not to forget the imposing RAF Memorial at Runnymede to fighter and bomber crews lost without trace.

I visited it several times when I lived near Heathrow; it was always a very moving experience.

Saturday, 02 September, 2006  

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