Wg Cdr Peter Bailey – 233 Sqn Dakota pilot

Header image: BBMF C-47 Dakota ZA947 in its current 233 Sqn D-Day livery. (Photo: Jarrod Cotter).  Inset: Wg Cdr Peter Bailey, who flew Dakotas with 233 Sqn during the Second World War.

Regular followers of the BBMF will know that the Flight’s C-47 Dakota ZA947 is currently painted to represent a Dakota of 233 Squadron during the D-Day period in 1944. It has come to our attention that one of the last 233 Squadron Dakota pilots to have participated in those operations, Wing Commander Peter Bailey, passed away peacefully in Queensland, Australia, on 14th April 2021, at the age of 99.

International Bomber Command Centre

Header Image: The Chadwick Centre at the International Bomber Command Centre Lincoln is once again open to visitors. (Photos: IBCC)

The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) on the outskirts of Lincoln, re-opened its indoor facilities to visitors on 18th May in line with the government’s relaxation of COVID restrictions. The memorial spire, walls of names and the gardens had reopened earlier, but now the exhibition areas and the Hub Café are open again as well. In order to limit the numbers of visitors inside the Centre at any one time, advanced online bookings are required via https://internationalbcc.digitickets.co.uk/tickets. The Centre is open six days a week, Tuesdays to Sundays, 9.30am to 5pm (last entry to the exhibition 4pm) but closed on Mondays (except for Bank Holidays).

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