Events to mark centenary of the RAF in full swing in Lincolnshire

LINCOLNSHIRE was known as the “bomber county” during the Second World War, and its events to mark the centenary of the RAF are in full swing.

The region’s flat landscape and relative proximity to Germany made it ideal for airfields in both World War One and Two, and several are still in operation.

Other former airstrips are now home to museums and memorials.

Here are seven places for aviation buffs to soak up the county’s special history.

LINCOLN: One hundred wing-shaped information boards have been placed across Lincoln and the surrounding countryside.

They tell stories of the history of the RAF through the lives and memories of those who were a part of it.

There are eight cycling and walking trails around the wings. Lincoln will also host the RAF Centenary Celebration Weekend on August 11 and 12.

On top of all that, there will be an exhibition on at the city’s Collection Museum about the county’s contribution to World War One aviation. It runs until September 9.

INTERNATIONAL BOMBER COMMAND CENTRE: Remember the 57,000 men who gave their lives for Bomber Command.

The site is also home to the Chadwick Centre, where state-of-the-art technology brings to life the heart-wrenching stories of the young men who helped win the war.

RAF SCAMPTON HERITAGE CENTRE: Find out more about the Dambusters who flew from this working RAF base.

The Bastion In The Air exhibition, open until August 24, focuses on the air defences of Lincolnshire from 1915 to 1918.

Housed in the Dambusters’ Hangar, visitors must book in advance.