Oral Histories

Aviation Heritage in Lincolnshire is brought back to life with Oral Histories. People who were based in many of our RAF bases have many stories to tell.

Visit one of the many aviation museums and speak to the volunteers who can bring the past to life with their many memories. 

Below, find some of our first oral histories and travel back in time with some of the people involved in our rich aviation history.

Listen to Les Rutherford

An interview with Bomber Command veteran Les Rutherford. Rutherford unusually served in both the Army and the Air Force during the Second World War and spent the last years of the war in a POW camp

An interview with Wilf Keate

An interview with groundcrew member Wilf Keate who served with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

Hear James Douglas Hudson

An interview with Bomber Command veteran James Douglas Hudson. Hudson was a navigator on both Blenheim and Lancasters during the Second World War.

An interview with Alexander Robert Bell

An interview with Cold War veteran Alexander Robert Bell.

Listen to tales from a Bomber Command Veteran

An Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire interview with Bomber Command veteran Charles Avey, an air gunner with 617 Squadron.

Listen to Colin Cole talk about his wartime service

617 Squadron Bomber Command veteran Colin Cole discusses his wartime service including his role as a wireless operator on the operation to sink the Tirpitz.

Experiences of a boy during the war

An interview with RAF Groundcrew member post war and his experiences as a boy during the war.

Hear from a WWII navigator

Interview with Basil Fish, Bomber Command veteran. Basil served as a navigator during the Second World War including with 617 Squadron.

An interview with Ernie Groger

An interview with Bomber Command Groundcrew veteran Ernie Groger