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Earlier today a groundbreaking ceremony was held for a full-scale Avro Lancaster monument that will be placed at Brills Farm adjacent to the A46 on the Lincolnshire / Nottinghamshire border.

As previously reported, the 98-foot-tall steel monument, dubbed “On Freedom’s Wings,” was unanimously approved by the North Kesteven District Council last month. The installation will consist of a steel frame mounted on a slim steel support structure to give the impression of flight, and will depict Lancaster R5689 (pictured above) heading home toward the former RAF base at Swinderby Airfield. It is intended “to remind visitors of Lincolnshire’s inextricable link to the RAF and to act as a catalyst for people to visit the many attractions in the county.”

Today’s event was reportedly attended by WW2 Bomber Command veterans, including Dambuster George “Johnny” Johnson, who assisted in the process. Click below to check out video of the groundbreaking as well as photos of a scale model depicting the monument’s proposed design.

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Yesterday, the North Kesteven District Council unanimously approved the planning application for the installation of a full-scale Avro Lancaster monument at Brills Farm adjacent to the A46 on the Lincolnshire / Nottinghamshire border.

The 98-foot-tall steel monument “is intended to remind visitors of Lincolnshire’s inextricable link to the RAF and to act as a catalyst for people to visit the many attractions in the county.” It will be built on high ground in order to depict Lancaster R5689 (pictured above) in flight, heading home toward the former RAF base at Swinderby Airfield.

The Bomber County Gateway Trust reports that WW2 Bomber Command veterans, including Dambuster George “Johnny” Johnson, will break ground at the site during a special ceremony on May 15. When complete, its proposed name will be “On Freedom’s Wings”.

Click below to check out a proposed design for the structure.

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The Bomber County Gateway Trust’s effort to erect a monument to Bomber Command in Lincolnshire featuring a full-scale representation of the Avro Lancaster is closer to becoming a reality after North Kesteven District Council’s Planning Sub-Committee reportedly received a recommendation to approve proposals for the project.

As previously reported, the monument would represent R5689 (pictured above), which is believed to be the most photographed Lancaster of the war, likely because it was used in literature to train pilots to identify the type. R5689 served with 50 Squadron RAF and crash landed at Thurlby Top Wood while limping home to RAF Swinderby after a mission on September 18, 1942 – an incident that claimed the life of RCAF crew member Sgt. J.R. Gibbons. [click to continue…]

Proposals have reportedly been submitted to erect a full-scale steel representation of the Avro Lancaster in Lincolnshire that will serve as a permanent reminder of the area’s link to wartime aviation.

The proposed monument would represent R5689 (pictured above), which is believed to be the most photographed Lancaster of the war, likely because it was used in literature to train pilots to identify the type. R5689 served with 50 Squadron RAF and crash landed at Thurlby Top Wood while limping home to RAF Swinderby after a mission on September 18, 1942 – an incident that claimed the life of RCAF crew member Sgt. J.R. Gibbons.

The monument would be located above the A46 on the Lincolnshire border close to Collingham and Swinderby, and would ideally be accompanied by an information board telling the story behind the aircraft.

The proposals have been submitted to North Kesteven District Council “to gauge the likelihood that permission would be granted.” The team is also said to be requesting ideas and assistance from artists, structural engineers and financial backers.

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A memorial for three aircrews who lost their lives during WW2 is being planned for Bleasby, near Nottinghamshire, England.

The memorial will pay tribute to four Polish airmen who served aboard Vickers Wellington R1014, which crashed during a training flight on February 6, 1941, and the crews of Avro Lancasters JB132 and R5698, which collided over High Cross as JB132 was returning from a bombing raid.

The £8,000 memorial, outlined in the sketch above, will be situated on the main road in Bleasby and will incorporate a Lancaster tail fin. Campaigner Ken Ogilvie, who has several parts from the Wellington which were recovered by a farmer, hopes that the monument will be in place by 2018, and also shared his thoughts on the project:

“My father, who was wounded in the war, always told me that I’d be lucky if I didn’t have to fight in a war and I haven’t had to do that. I regard the sacrifice made by these men has given me the peace in my life time and that’s what we need to remember.”

The total of 19 men who were killed in the crashes are buried at Newark Cemetery. Their names are listed below.

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