Many of us are familiar with some of the aircraft flown during World War II like the B-17 pictured to the left; however, many do not know that there were over 100 airfields organized under the Bomber Command during the war. In Europe most of those airfields were located in Lincolnshire County in England and include active airfields, emergency airfields and even dummy airfields to confuse the enemy. Bomber County Gets Its Name It is World War II and the Allies need airfields from which to launch raids on Nazi Germany. Lincolnshire County in England is located on the Eastern Coast of England right across the English Channel from Germany, the best location to build airfields from which to launch bombers to attack Germany from the air. During the war 1,442,280 bombing sorties were carried out against the Nazis by bomber aircraft and some 21,914 aircraft were lost during that time. Some of the losses occurred from training or from returning aircraft which crashed in Lincolnshire. Thus Lincolnshire became known as "Bomber County". The Search It is estimated that between 2,000 and 4,000 aircraft wreckage sites are located within Bomber County, and a number of volunteers are searching for these sites to identify and mark each one. The group of volunteers known as "Bomber County Aviation Resource" are researching all of these accident sites and plan on publishing a book detailing their results to provide to libraries, museums and schools before all of this information slips into history. Bomber County Aviation Resource Group You can learn more about the groups efforts at their website: Bomber County Aviation Resource Group On that website is information about the various aircraft used during World War II along with a lot of historical information you may find quite interesting. Bombing Videos Of Germany Strategic bombing during World War II Additional Resources If you would like to read more about Bomber County I would recommend that you read Bomber County, a book that details activity during World War II in Bomber County England. If you are interested in model aircraft one of the most iconic aircraft was the venerable B-17, a model of which you can find by clicking on this image: In the meantime keep your wings straight and level Hersch! Please share "Bomber County" with your friends using the buttons below. Thanks! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7+ ps: Don't forget to sign up for updates via email for "All Things Aviation" here!
by John M. White •