‘Spire of Names’ chosen as Lincoln Bomber Command memorial

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The 164ft Spire of Names has been chosen as the winning design for the Lincolnshire Bomber Command memorial to be built on Canwick Hill in Lincoln.

The design by Walter Jack in conjunction with Atkins was picked by the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Trust from a total of three designs that were up for public consultation.


The 50m tall steel spire will feature the names of all 25,611 airmen who flew from the county never to return during World War 2.

The chosen site on Canwick Hill overlooks Lincoln Cathedral, which was a major landmark for crews leaving Lincolnshire and was a navigation point for those lucky enough to return.

There will also be an interpretation centre to tell the story of Bomber Command and tribute to the crew members who survived.

The idea for the memorial initiated with Tony Worth, the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, whose father served with the RAF through most of the war.

Award-winning structural artist Walter Jack said: “If we can build something half-way worthy of these men, we will have done well.”

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