10-year-old girl keeps great-grandfather and Bomber hero’s memory alive
YOUNG Georgia Stone followed in her great-grandfather’s footsteps today and became a rear gunner, as a Bomber Command memorial took a major step to completion.
Georgia, 10, climbed into the rear gunner’s turret on the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster to see the world from her brave ancestor’s viewpoint.
Pilot Officer George “Ginger” Stone, 33, survived more than 50 missions before being killed with his crew over Germany in 1944.
Bomber Command suffered the highest casualty rate of any British-led unit in the Second World War, losing 55,573 of its 125,000 volunteers, at an average age of just 22.
Lincoln Cathedral chorister Georgia, who was named after her great-grandfather, is helping to raise the last £2million for the £12million International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) on a hill opposite Lincoln Cathedral.
She is a member of the Youngst*rs group which is to release a song, Tears Of The World, to raise money for the memorial.
After gripping the guns in the most vulnerable post on a bomber (known at the time as the “tail-end Charlie”) at RAF Coningsby, Lincs, Georgia said: “I am very proud of my great-grandpa George, who gave his life for all of us today to enjoy the freedom that we have.
“It was comforting to sit where he sat in the Lancaster during his many missions over Germany. It must have been so frightening. Thank you, great-grandpa George.”
Georgia was speaking as work began on the final phase of the IBCC, which will include an education centre with a digital archive.
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