Were you part of V-Force crews?

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Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire (AHL) is asking for help from ex V Force service personnel living in the Doncaster area who served in Lincolnshire in the early 1960s and then again in the early 1980s.

The recording of oral histories is a significant part of AHL’s remit for their aviation heritage programme, which is funded by an award of £436,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Several interviews from the World War II era have already been recorded as part of the “Shouting The Odds” project, with some being available via links from their website www.aviationheritagelincolnshire.com

The AHL team are moving their attention to the post World War II era of the Cold War which features the Valiant, Victor and Vulcan crews of the V-Bomber squadrons of the V-Force.

2012 is the 60th Anniversary of the formation of the RAF’s V-Force and in October it will be 50 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis. 2012 will also mark 30 years since the Falklands Campaign where a massive force of Victor tankers supported Vulcan bombers from Lincolnshire with their Black Buck missions which actually involved planning which took place at Bawtry Hall.

AHL officers are currently planning to run some Cuban Missile Crisis themed events in October 2012 and are trying to identify V-Force (Thor and Bloodhound) personnel who served in Lincolnshire at the time, who would be willing to assist with these activities. AHL officers are also trying to identify V-Force, Thor and Bloodhound personnel from this time to see if they are willing to record their ‘Cold War’ oral histories. There was a Bloodhound missile base at the appropriately named Rocket Site at Misson just east of Bawtry as well as Finningley’s well known connection with the mighty Vulcan bomber.

Lincolnshire RAF bases involved in these operations include: Coningsby, Scampton, Waddington, Hemswell, Coleby Grange, Bardney, Caistor, Ludford Magna, Dunholme Lodge, North Coates, Woodhall Spa, Barkston Heath.In addition they are also hoping to collect oral histories of V-Force Falklands Campaign, mainly connected with operations from RAF Waddington in 1982.

Anyone who is able to assist in these matters is requested to make contact with Phil Bonner: Phil@aviationheritagelincolnshire.com (for the Cuban Missile Crisis themed events) David Harrigan: David@aviationheritagelincolnshire.com (for the Cold War & V-Force Falklands Campaign oral histories) Or via post at: Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire PO BOX 3 Kesteven Street Sleaford Lincs NG34 7EF.