Staff Contacts

Bomber County Aviation Resource started life in late 2009, when the first designs where drawn up. Founder Craig Wise first came up with the concept in 2007, but he put the project on hold due to other commitments. Then in mid 2009 he decided to resurrect the project. Due to the size of the project Graham Platt was asked to help with the research and development, then Steve Cambers soon followed to help with the forward planning and Spotterwatch. Between the three of them ideas were coming thick and fast and Bomber County was born.

Bomber County Aviation Resource was finally launched on 1st January 2010, but after several technical problems, it was decided to shut the site down and correct the problems. In the three months the site was off line, not only were the problems fixed, but a complete re-design of the site took place, resulting in what you see now. The new look Bomber County was then re-launched on 1st January 2011, and has continued to grow since.

Graham Platt
Name: Graham Platt
Role: Chairman - Project Manager: BCAR Crash Project - Researcher - Writer

Born and raised in Lincolnshire, I've been interested in aircraft since a very early age.

I spent a lot of my childhood watching aircraft either flying over the house or at the local stations - RAF Coningsby was my 'local' but I also cycled across to Waddington, Scampton, Cranwell and Binbrook during the school summer holidays.

My interests are now in aviation history/archaeology and aviation photography. I have had several images and articles published in a variety of magazines including Air Forces Monthly and Aviation News.

Since early 2013, my main project has been the BCAR Crash Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project has involved in-depth research into all aircraft crashes and accidents in the county of Lincolnshire over the course of the Second World War, with the objective of putting as many names to incidents as possible to highlight the human side of this important part of the county's heritage. The results of the research are being compiled into a book which will be lodged with all main libraries and aviation museums in the county, and also to be given to the air forces and national aviation museums of the countries involved. A further output of the project will be a data DVD of the material along with other articles and learning aids which will be given to all Junior and Secondary schools in the county to ensure that the heritage is kept alive and hopefully to inspire future generations to continue the work we have started.

Stuart Skelton
Name: Stuart Skelton
Role: BCAR Crash Project Deputy Project Manager - Researcher

I was Born and raised on the fence side of Lincolnshires air bases, the son of an aviation enthusiast father and mother with a camera and great panning skills, aircraft were in my blood from day one. When my father passed away, I vowed to continue travelling the country to photograph and document aircraft, his unrealised dream was to travel the world doing it, I have taken on his dream and made it reality.

I have been lucky enough to have travelled the world taking photographs and writing reports with many armed forces. My articles have appeared on “Aeroresource” and my images have been published in Combat Aircraft Magazine. Using Nikon camera bodies and various lenses I have considered myself to be incredibly lucky over the last six years.

Pete Thompson
Name: Pete Thompson
Role: Researcher & Contributor

Born in the Cathedral City of Lincoln Pete’s earliest memory of military aviation is standing watching Avro Vulcans bashing the circuit at RAF Waddington from his bedroom window.

Pete entered the RAF as a crash rescue fire fighter in 1977, beginning a career that would span 24 years, both in the UK and overseas. His chosen profession allowed him intimate access to the RAF’s front line inventory. Tours followed on the F4 Phantom at Coningsby and twice at Wildenrath, the Harrier Gr3 both at its base at RAF Gutersloh and on Harrier Force field deployments, and the GR7 at Wittering. These were interspersed with postings to RAF Finningley, where he supported three ‘at home day’ air displays, a year at RAF Scampton, supporting the RAF Aerobatic Team The Red Arrows, and Central Flying School, whose combined flying made the airfield one of the busiest in the UK, and two ‘back to back’ tours at HQ Strike Command. Pete also had the privilege of working with several NATO air arms, allowing him to gain experience on The F4 D/E/F/G, F104G, F5, F100, F15, F16, Mirage III/V and SAAB Draken aircraft.

Pete maintains a healthy interest in the current military capability of the United Kingdom, but is equally interested in ensuring the history of the RAF, its aircraft and personnel who served during the cold war is recorded and maintained in an accurate and appropriate manner.

Stephen Elsworth
Name: Stephen Elsworth
Role: Contributor

Born in Leeds in 1960 something I began my love of aviation in 1975 by cycling to the then Yeadon airport near Leeds to watch the airliners. By 1976 the civil scene had lost it's interest and I began my passion in military flying which continues to the present day.

Very much a Bomber Command devotee, I now live close to RAF Coningsby and the BBMF and am also a regular visitor to East Kirby and 'Just Jane'. When not photographing iconic aircraft I help my wife running our aviation friendly B&B, Laburnum House at Langrick.

Andrew Leadley
Name: Andrew Leadley
Role: Website support

I am originally from the South, Bedfordshire. I moved North when I was seven to live near Binbrook. I remember every time a Lightning went over ( which was quite often ), we all used to rush to the window to look. When I was old enough, we used to spend time up at the crash gate near Thorganby and at the other end at Staiton-le-vale. I guess from that time, without having any interest in aircraft before, the Lightning was the start of it.

I have to admit to not having visited an airshow in the last few years but we always went to the Binbrook ones, even the Last Lightning Air Show on that really wet day in 1987.