12th July 1999

 

A CELEBRATION OF LINCOLNSHIRE’S RAF HERITAGE

 

A special event to commemorate and celebrate the county’s links with the RAF will be held this weekend at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.

 

The first Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Day will bring together academics, aviation enthusiasts and seasoned former airmen for an event which includes lectures, displays and rare video footage.

 

An official opening by Lincoln’s mayor, Councillor Loraine Woolley, at 10.15am on Saturday (17th July) will be followed a series of talks:

 

10.30 - 11.30

Derek Windmill

A day in the life of a Bomber Command

airfield

11.30 - 12.30

Jim Shortland

The Dams Raid (illustrated with rare film footage)

1.30 - 2.30

Ian Blackamore

Aviation archaeology

2.30 - 3.30

Norman Dear

Adventures and misadventures of an ordinary Spitfire pilot

4.00 - 5.30

Martin Middlebrook

The turning points in Bomber Command’s war

 

The event will also feature video presentations and displays in the atrium inside the main university building.

 

Videos to be shown throughout the day include film shot in colour at RAF Hemswell in the winter of 1943/4, the continuing friendship between service personnel and local people at Bardney and a film recalling the Short Stirling, the RAF’s first operational four-engined bomber.

 

Entry to the day is free. Doors open at 9.30am and the event will end at 5pm.

 

For more information telephone Dr Philip Swan, director of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Project, on 01522 886080, or access the project’s website at www.pipswan.demon.co.uk/aviation.htm

 

For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager, University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)