Aviation centre’s new interactive exhibit to bring Lancaster bomber raids to life

The new exhibit, which will be touring aviation sites in Lincolnshire this summer.
The new exhibit, which will be touring aviation sites in Lincolnshire this summer.

AN INTERACTIVE display designed to highlight the life of a Lancaster bomber crew during a raid on Nazi Europe in WW2 is set to go on display in the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre in East Kirkby later this year.

Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire announced that their new display will tour a number of the county’s aviation centres this year. And it will be stopping off at the East Kirkby site between September 13 and 29.

“Launched at the end of May the ‘Counting Them Home’ display is an interactive display that is based around a Lancaster aircraft, with a seasoned crew, departing an airfield in Lincolnshire and completing a raid over occupied Europe,” said a spokesperson.

“The ‘Counting Them Home’ interactive display is fully transportable and it is now being taken to different aviation sites around the region.

“A central theme of our business plan is innovative interaction with the schools, education establishments and voluntary-led young people groups across Lincolnshire.

“Counting Them Home in now playing an important part in imparting the Bomber Command Story in a simple way to the younger generation,” they added.

Around the new interactive display there are six pod stations that have to be successfully ‘navigated’ before the crew can return home safely.

The game can be played by up to six people at any one time and is suitable for young people and families.

fficial statistics were incorporated into this mechanically operated display module to simulate losses at all stages of the raid – from take-off; coastal flak; night fighters; and anti-aircraft fire.

Aviaition Heritage Lincolnshire is funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) award of £436,000 and a major part of AHL’s remit is to work with various venues to raise the profile of aviation heritage in the county, and promote aviation within schools and colleges.