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An Abandoned Bomber Command Base & More (Video)

Discussion in 'Air War in Western Europe 1939 - 1945' started by MrRossCorbett, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. MrRossCorbett

    MrRossCorbett New Member

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    Hi everybody,

    I hope you have all had a great weekend.

    I recently spent a weekend in 'Bomber County' Lincolnshire where we visited the abandoned buildings of RAF Woodhall Spa. From there we paid a brief visit to the International Bomber Command Centre near Lincoln, enjoyed a drink in the Dambusters Bar at the Petwood Hotel and finished the weekend off by taking our new WW2 Nation drone into the air for the first time.

    Here is the video we made. I hope it is of some interest.

    Kind regards,
    Ross

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxuba9EdFhQ
     
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    Ross, thank you for the video. Seeing abandoned RAF bases I find both sad and strongly engaging. It certainly stirs the imagination. I am always reminded of the opening screen in 12 O'Clock High when Dean Jaeger returns to his old base ,post war, and reminisces about the war, that the movie was about a US base does nor diminish that haunting feeling. The Monument to Bomber Command appears to be made of Corten steel, more commonly know as ever rusting steel, It quickly begins rusting until the oxidation actually seals off the underlying steel from further erosion. The final color depends on the actual alloy and the atmosphere but many turn a dark purplish black. The design is beautiful to me, soaring yet grounded, the flat face perforated by holes and the naming walls circling the whole. Great that you can see Lincoln in the back ground. And the pub is fantastic, makes one want a pint !

    A favor if you have the time . Get that drone up again around this areas and at other bases before they are completely gone. I have spent hours on Google earth looking at WW2 bases. Sometimes you can find them by only patterns of fields, other times they are converted to business estates or morphed into current up dated air fields. Still much exist.

    I had to watch twice. Bomber command deserves all the recognition possible, brave men those.

    Gaines
     
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    Hi Gaines,

    Thank you very much for the reply and for the information on the memorial. It's certainly a remarkable piece of architecture and I can't wait to see how the whole site progresses if they can reach their funding target.

    Thank you again for watching Gaines!

    Ross
     

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