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YJA helps Army Cadets with Oral History Project

YJA helps Army Cadets with Oral History Project

 YJA’s Managing Editor, Sam Atkins, and Programme Manager, Rob Pitman, have helped Army Cadets from Caistor with an oral history project, which explores Lincolnshire’s role in 20th-century conflicts. The cadets decided to interview local people about their recollections of times of conflict and how this affected local communities. The film of the day has now […]

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Great Spire is Unveiled

Great Spire is Unveiled

Young Journalists from Heighington Millfield Primary Academy were very privileged to be invited to the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) Unveiling Ceremony. Over 300 WWII veterans, who were part of Bomber Command at a time when our country was in great peril, joined together as the great spire created in their honour was unveiled. Last […]

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‘Priceless’ Panda flew with the Dambusters

‘Priceless’ Panda flew with the Dambusters

A toy panda that flew on the famous Dambusters raid has appeared on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. The bear, which has no name, was tucked into the boot of airman Gordon Radcliffe as he took to the skies on missions, including the famous Dambuster raid. After many successful missions, the crew began to regard the bear […]

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The 74th Anniversary of the Blitz

The 74th Anniversary of the Blitz

Earlier this month, the United Kingdom celebrated the anniversary of the start of the Blitz. I know what some of you are thinking. What is the Blitz?  Well, 74 years ago in what was known as World War 2, Nazi Germany started dropping bombs on London. The leader of Germany, Adolf Hitler, wanted to terrorise England into defeat. […]

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When Spam dropped from the Skies

When Spam dropped from the Skies

By the end of WW2, the population of Holland had endured five years of great hardship. Many people were very hungry and over 20,000 died from starvation. A special arrangement was made between the German High Command and the RAF, allowing food to be dropped to the starving population below. This mission was named Operation […]

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YJA meets Stan Bradford DFM

YJA meets Stan Bradford DFM

Last week, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of VE Day, YJA were invited to a WW2 Veterans’ Reunion hosted by RAF Scampton, the famous airbase of the Dambusters. I enjoyed the privilege of being able to interview Stan Bradford, who, at the age of 19, had a prominent part to play in World War […]

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VE Day: When schoolchildren were remembered

VE Day: When schoolchildren were remembered

The three Year 5 pupils, who represented YJA this week at a WW2 veteran’s reunion hosted at RAF Scampton, will never forget their experience. Interviewing those who fought in the conflict was a great privilege. If Amelia, Laura and Darcie, all from Heighington Millield Primary Academy, had been schoolchildren in 1946 they would have received […]

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International Bomber Command Memorial Takes Shape

International Bomber Command Memorial Takes Shape

When we hear about World War Two, we usually think of Winston Churchill and the brave soldiers on the front line. Now, over 70 years on from the start of WW2, a memorial is being built in Lincoln to commemorate the courageous and brave air crew of Bomber Command who gave their lives in the war. […]

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The world’s first-ever humanitarian aid mission

The world’s first-ever humanitarian aid mission

  Towards the end of World War 2, the population of Holland was gripped by hunger. Already 20,000 had died from starvation. In a special arrangement with the German High Command, Lancaster bombers flew very low over the Netherlands and dropped food supplies. It was called Operation Manna and, some seventy years later, the mission […]

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Curse of the Gremlin!

Curse of the Gremlin!

They are devil fiction creatures, the author Roald Dahl during the war wrote a book about them in 1943. Later Walt Disney made a cartoon book based on Dahl’s characters, increasing their fame. Bomber crews during World War 2 used often used them as mascots and if an aircraft crashed or got shot they were […]