Grantham features heavily in new Aviation Heritage Trail

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A new initiative embarked upon by the district council will “forge the missing link in the history of Lincolnshire as ‘Bomber County’”.

A multi-media Aviation Heritage Trail – with online and printed material – will commemorate the district’s flying heritage including the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War in time for D-Day commemorations in June.

South Kesteven District Council is working with Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage to develop a lasting legacy for a district which played key wartime roles, including:

* St Vincent’s House (Bomber Command HQ) in Grantham handed over to the Americans to co-ordinate airborne operations for D-Day

* D-Day pathfinders took off from North Witham landing the first troops on the ground

* Troops airlifted to Arnhem from the Grantham area

* Fulbeck airfield used to store captured German aircraft

* The legendary Tiger Moth entered service at RAF Spitalgate (now Prince William of Gloucester Barracks) in Grantham

* Allied troops billeted in Stamford and the south of the district prior to D-Day Americans to co-ordinate airborne operations for D-Day and Arnhem air offensives

It will allow SKDC to engage with the wider promotional work of Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage, plus a county project mapping war memorials and churchyard research tracing those who flew and fought.

The aviation trail will be promoted by SKDC at the Best of Britain and Ireland tourism event at the NEC on March 12 and 13.

David Mather, economic development manager, said: “We have a very strong aviation heritage in South Kesteven and it will be excellent to see it recorded.

“A district Aviation Heritage Trail allows us to link with major county attractions, such as the Battle of Britain Flight at Coningsby, Cranwell’s Aviation Centre, Newark Air Museum and Lincoln’s new Bomber Command Heritage Park.

“We see potential this year to attract visitors from allied forces including America, Australia, South Africa and Poland who will be drawn by D-Day commemorations in June.”