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Online Talk: The IBCC Losses Project & Bomber Command’s Role in the Battle of Britain

December 10, 2021 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us on Zoom for a new Online Talk and discover the history of Bomber Command and its role during the Battle of Britain!

In this talk, Dave Gilbert will describe the task of gathering the names of the 58,500 losses that are inscribed on the memorial walls at the International Bomber Command Centre, and then contrast the role of Bomber Command with that of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.

By Dave Gilbert, Losses Archivist & Trustee

About Dave Gilbert

Dave Gilbert is an electronic engineer by profession, having studied at Sheffield University. He owns a company that manufactures assistive technology devices for the disabled. When not engrossed in that, he is the Losses Archivist at the International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln and has recently become a Trustee. His role is to compile, maintain and expand the losses database which forms the basis of the memorial walls and currently contains more than four million pieces of data on 58,500 airmen.

None of his family served with Bomber Command, his father being marginally too young even by the end of the war to have been considered for aircrew. Perhaps it is the fact that, mercifully, none of his relatives are listed amongst the losses that provides the motivation to spend time studying those who sadly are. Or maybe it’s just because he was born and raised in ‘Bomber County’ and lives between two former Bomber Command stations. Either way, he has spent over 9,000 voluntary hours working on the project and describes it as his most significant piece of work. He is married with two adult children.

Joining the Talk

The talk will be held online on Zoom at 11am on Friday 10th December. Limited places are available.

Non-Annual Member Tickets: £4
Annual Member Tickets: Free

Book your ticket online here. One ticket per Zoom screen is required.

The Zoom joining details (ID & password) will be emailed to you shortly before the start of the talk. Please log on at 10.50am, ready for a prompt start at 11am.

During the talk, you will see and hear the speaker, but you will not be heard or seen on screen yourself. There will be the opportunity to ask questions via the Q&A function.

Please note: Please ensure you have a good internet connection and bandwidth before joining the talk. Bentley Priory Museum does not accept responsibility for user-end connectivity issues (such as loss of internet or sound/video distortion).

About Annual Membership

Annual members benefit from free access to our Online Talks and onsite Friday Morning Talks programmes, as well as unlimited access to the Museum galleries, gardens and cafe on standard open days and school holiday family activities.

Buy Annual Membership online here.


December 10, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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