Mitchell to the skies - could East Kirkby's B-25 fly?

Another American bomber might just be destined to take to British skies. Jamie Ewan spoke to Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre boss Andrew Panton about East Kirkby's B-25 Mitchell

It’s a cold summer day with a biting wind blowing across the former Bomber Command airfield at East Kirkby, home of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre (LAHC). Today it's a place where people work tirelessly to remember Bomber Command's gallantry, strength, determination and sacrifice. Most of those going to war from this very airfield during those dark days were younger than I am now. Many of them never came back. The thought sends a shiver down my spine.

While lost in reflection, the words “Hello Jamie!” snap me back to reality. It's Andrew Panton, one of LAHC’s driving forces. “Let’s go and see ‘her’,” he adds with a smile. Heading into the hangar, we scoot past Avro Lancaster ‘Just Jane’ and Tony Agar’s incredible de Havilland Mosquito NF.II HJ711. We’re here for another aeroplane.

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