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Gallantry in the Air

  • April 1, 2018 to March 29, 2019
  • 10:00am to 4:30pm

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Learn about the RAF crew who paid the ultimate price at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum's exhibition to mark the Royal Air Force's 100th anniversary.

This exhibition marks the occasion ofthe Royal Air Force's centenary in 2018, honouring Royal Air Force aircrew who were decorated for their bravery during World War II.

'Gallantry' is defined as bravery shown by someone who is in danger. This exhibition features RAF personnel who were awarded UK gallantry medals, many who were stationed in Lincolnshire at some point in their career, including:

  • Guy Gibson, most famous for leading 617 Squadron during the Dam Busters raid in 1943, who was awarded the highest award of the UK’s honours system the Victoria Cross (VC), Distinguished Service Order & Bar (DSO) and Distinguished Flying Cross & Bar (DFC);
  • Leonard Cheshire who was awarded the VC, DSO & 2 Bars, DFC;
  • ‘Ginger ‘Lacey, one of the RAF’s highest scoring fighter pilots during World War II, who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal & Bar.

Many of the airmen featured in the exhibition gained the highest award for their valour, with some of them paying the ultimate price. Regardless of their individual circumstances, they all shared at least one thing in common - their incredible acts of ‘Gallantry in the Air’.

The exhibition was extended to March 2019 due to popular demand!

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum portrays the fascinating story of the historic RAF Cranwell - from its early days as a Royal Naval Air Service base to the current day. Discover the history of RAF Cranwell/RAF College Cranwell through artefacts, story boards, displays and exhibits. The Museum is open all year around with free admission and includes a gift shop and refreshments area.

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Sunday 1st April 2018 - Friday 29th March 2019.

Daily from 10am - 4:30pm.

Admission is free.

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