Mailly-Le-Camp raid

75 years ago – The Mailly-Le-Camp raid

Header image: A Lancaster bomber silhouetted over the target at Mailly-Le-Camp, with bombing in progress, on the night of 3rd/4th May 1944.

Seventy-five years ago, on the night of 3rd/4th May 1944, 346 Avro Lancasters and 16 de Havilland Mosquitoes of RAF Bomber Command’s Nos 1 and 5 Groups mounted an attack on the German Wehrmacht barracks and battle-tank depot near the French village of Mailly-Le-Camp, 85 miles east of Paris. Mailly-Le-Camp was in a strategic location from which it would be possible for the German tanks to be quickly mobilised to engage the Allied invasion force after the planned D-Day invasion in Normandy. The Allied High Command decided to remove the threat of the tanks by strategic bombing.

BBMF Visitor Centre

BBMF Visitor Centre

Header image: The BBMF Visitor Centre at Coningsby, Lincolnshire. (All photos: Clive Rowley)

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Visitor Centre had an exceptionally successful year from April 2018 to the end of March 2019, with over 32,000 people visiting the Flight’s home at Coningsby, Lincolnshire.

Originally opened to the public in April 1986, the BBMF Visitor Centre has now been an important part of the BBMF’s engagement with the public for 33 years. In a unique partnership arrangement between the RAF and Lincolnshire County Council, the Visitor Centre allows visitors from all over the UK, and indeed the world, to view and to learn about the BBMF aircraft on guided tours of the Flight’s hangar. 

IBCC D Day 75 concert

Win VIP tickets to the IBCC’s D Day 75 Concert – worth £150

This month, one lucky member will win two VIP tickets to the D Day 75 Concert, taking place at the International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln from 17:00 on Sunday 9th June 2019. The concert will feature the D Day Darlings, of Britain’s Got Talent and Pride of Britain fame, Military Wives Choirs and Brit-Award winning vocal group, Blake. 

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All current members have been automatically entered into this month’s ballot. If you’re not already a member, please join the Club by 28th April 2019.


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