The IBCC experience

The IBCC provides a world-class facility acknowledging the efforts, sacrifices and commitment of the men and women, from 62 different nations, who came together in Bomber Command during WWII.

The project also covers the stories of those who suffered as a result of the bombing campaigns and those whose survival was guaranteed by the humanitarian operations of Bomber Command.

During WWII over a million men and women served or supported Bomber Command.  They came from 62 nations across the world and were united in their efforts to protect the freedom we enjoy today.  The service included Aircrew, Ground Crew, Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, Auxiliary Air Transport, Auxiliary Transport Services, NAAFI and many others.

Bomber Command suffered the highest losses of any unit during WWII but have struggled for recognition.

Every member of Bomber Command aircrew was a volunteer.

The average age at death was only 23.

“Bomber County is the place from where many of us operated,
so most veterans think that this is the place where we should
be remembered. The magnificent Memorial, Digital Archive,
Exhibition and International Peace Gardens when completed
will ensure that memories of our sacrifices will live on.”
H. James Flowers
50/44 Squadrons, rear gunner

 

Our aims

  • To remember the thousands of men and women from across the world who were part of Bomber Command’s efforts during WWII
  • To educate the generations of today and those who follow, about the individuals who served with Bomber Command and the sacrifices they made to preserve our freedom
  • To allow individuals across the world to discover more about Bomber Command and those who served it, through their experiences as told by letters, diaries and memories
  • To tell the stories of those affected by the bombing campaigns across Europe

 

Visitor comments 

Thank you to your Tour Guide, and his helpers, for such a memorable afternoon at the IBCC Spire and Memorial Walls. I found my uncle’s name and was able to place a poppy there. I will be visiting again next summer with my two brothers.

I really enjoyed the opportunity of visiting it. It’s a splendid tribute to the brave air crews of Bomber Command

The IBCC is an amazing project that in my mind will do more to keep our Bomber Command Veterans’ flame alive for future generations than anything else I’ve seen.

  • The project was launched in May 2013
  • The site covers just under 10 acres
  • It honours all who served, supported or suffered in the bombing campaigns of WWII
  • Over 500 volunteers, from 9 different countries, have been involved so far
  • The Walls of Names at the IBCC carry the names of almost 58,000 men and women who lost their lives whilst serving Bomber Command.
  • The IBCC is the only place in the world where you can bear witness to all the sacrifices of this unit. This figure is higher than the number of people serving in today’s RAF and Royal Navy combined.
  • Since inception IBCC has been working with veterans, recording their stories and preserving their documents and photos. Their support during the creation of the project has been astounding.