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Our Story, Your History - The International Bomber Command Centre. Signed Edition.
Our Story, Your History - The International Bomber Command Centre
By Steve Darlow, Mark Dodds, Dr Dan Ellin, Sean Feast, and Dr Robert Owen
Charles Clarke OBE. Bomb aimer on Lancasters, No. 619 Squadron (POW – shot down 24/25 February 1944)
John Bell MBE, DFC, L d'H Bomb Aimer, 619 and 617 Squadron
George Dunn DFC L d'H. Pilot, Nos 10, 76 Squadron Halifaxes and 608 Squadron and 1409 Met Flight Mosquitos. 44 operations.
Jo Lancaster DFC. Pilot, Nos 40 Squadron, Wellingtons, and 12 Squadron, Lancasters. 54 operations.
Harry Parkins. Harry completed 36 bombing raids, and survived a mid air collision with another Lancaster. As a flight engineer, his first posting was to No. 630 squadron, East Kirkby, then onto No. 576 squadron at Fiskerton where he took part in Op Manna, and then to No. 50 Squadron.
Steve Darlow, Dr Robert Owen, Sean Feast
The aim of those who created the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) was clear – to provide a world-class facility to serve as a point for recognition, remembrance and reconciliation for Bomber Command. In 2018 that aim was achieved.
‘Our Story, Your History – The International Bomber Command Centre’ details the story behind the IBCC, the people who came up with the initial idea and the extraordinary dedication and creativity that made the project a reality. The IBCC’s Mark Dodds tells the remarkable story of how the concept arose, the various design and construction phases, the remarkable efforts to raise the necessary funds, and the cutting-edge development of the comprehensive losses database and digital archive. Dr Robert Owen provides a military history of Bomber Command from the first operational flight, less than an hour after war was declared against Germany in September 1939, to the end of hostilities five years and eight months later in May 1945. Historian and author Steve Darlow tells the human story of the aircrews who flew and fought in the skies above Germany and the Nazi occupied territories, drawing on numerous first-hand accounts from veterans. Dr Dan Ellin provides an insight in to the experiences of the male and female ground personnel who served with the Command, and author Sean Feast details the tragic stories behind the loss of specific crews, all of whom are remembered on the IBCC’s Wall of Names.
Illustrated throughout with images showing the development of the project and wartime pictures of those whose memory is central to the project, ‘Our Story, Your History’ is a fitting reminder to current and future generations of the commitment and sacrifice associated with the men and women, from 62 different nations, who came together in Bomber Command during the Second World War.
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Fighting High Ltd