6th November 2000




RAF veterans who flew from Lincolnshire air bases in the Second World War will be reunited on Wednesday for a unique re-creation of a wartime Bomber Command briefing.


Five former airmen – three of whom were based in the county - will be joined at RAF Waddington by present-day flight crews and members of the Lincolnshire & District Aircrew Association to witness a re-creation of a real-life bombing raid over Germany in 1944.


The Aircrew Association has organised the event with the help of Dr Philip Swan, aviation history expert at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside – and students from the university will be there on Wednesday afternoon (2pm) to record the event on video.


“They’re going to brief the mission as if it’s really going to happen,” said Jez Ashberry, a spokesman for the university. “They’ve brought together a wartime pilot, co-pilot, navigator, engineer and gunner, one of whom flew on this actual raid 56 years ago.”


The re-created raid will be the successful bombing mission flown over Munich by aircraft and crews from Five Group on 24th March 1944.


“The re-creation will be a unique memorial to the brave men who served their country in the armed forces during the Second World War,” said Jez Ashberry. “Not only will it bring back many bittersweet memories, the record of it will also prove a useful aid to learning in the future.”


Three of the RAF veterans who will be taking part were based in Lincolnshire during the Second World War - they are Eric Baldwin, Arthur Tindall and Wallace Baxendale. Arthur Tindall flew on the actual raid. The other two former airmen are Bill Hulme and Dick Collins.


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For more information contact:


Jez Ashberry                                                                            Jackie Wheeler

Press and Media Relations Manager                                         PRO

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside                                   RAF Waddington

Tel: 01522 886042                                                                   Tel: 01522 7727837