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Posted on Wednesday 11th April

A memorial to honour the 55,573 men of Bomber Command who lost their lives during the Second World War is due to be completed this summer, and will be unveiled in Green Park by Her Majesty the Queen on Thursday, 28 June.

The memorial itself has been designed by distinguished architect Liam O'Connor and will be modern, yet classical, in Portland stone. A bronze sculpture depicting seven Bomber Command aircrew by renowned sculptor Philip Jackson will be at the heart of the open-air memorial.

Donations from three major benefactors and the general public have provided sufficient funds for the building project, however fundraising is ongoing in order to provide an endowment fund to allow for the future maintenance of the Memorial, which will be managed by the RAF Benevolent Fund, who will eventually take guardianship of the Memorial. If you wish to make a donation, you can do so here.

HRH Prince William said, of the memorial:
'There can be no greater message of reconciliation than this. Mine is but one among many voices, urging all those who value the freedoms we enjoy today to contribute whatever you feel you can towards the creation of this wonderful monument. And for those who have already supported the appeal it is not for me to say thank you, but I can only imagine the gratitude of the veterans of Bomber Command, their families and the Royal Air Force.'

Further Reading

Bomber Command 1936 - 1968

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Bomber Command 1936 - 1968

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by Ken Delve

This is a comprehensive reference to the structure, operation, aircraft and men of Bomber Command from its formation on 1936 to 1968 when it became part of Strike Command. It includes descriptions of many notable bombing raids, the many types of aircraft used, weapons and airfields. The five main sections of the book include a general historical introduction and overview, operations, operational groups, aircrew training and technical details of each aircraft type. Lengthy Annexes cover… Read more...

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