Travelling from Northampton to London by train and taxi, I fulfilled a mission
which started when aged only nine my late father told me of the death of his
brother ( my uncle ) during WWII. Sgtn. Claud(e) Hamilton, 82 Sqdn. Watton
N. Norfolk had been k. i. a. 10. viii. 1940 aged only 22 when his crew of 3
were shot down by Obtl. Karl-Heinz Metx in his Mess. 109e over Cherbourg-
Le Havre. The Blenheim Mk. IV and crew were never found. In 2012, the
year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Bomber Command were finally given
their true recognition when a memorial was opened by the Queen in Green Park,
London, near to Park Lane, and Hamilton Place, Piccadilly. The memorial captures
the ambience of the period, 1939 - 1946, when RAF personnel gave their lives
in the service of their country. The dead numbered over 55,000. I placed a wreath
shaped like an RAF logo ( red, white and blue circles ) along with a photograph
of my uncle Claud dressed in his RAF uniform, Oct. 1939. Fighter sqaudrons were
given considerable pos war recognition but for some strange reason Bomber Command
and their major contribtuions to winning the war were not, until now. In the nearby
RAF Officers Club at 128 Piccadilly a toast was given to both Claude and the other
brave youngmen who have their lives on Thursday, 14th. 2013. I believe this memorial
to the RAF Bomber Command is well worth a visit as acess is convenient whether
walking or travelling to the area by London's famous red buses, underground - Green Park,
or London's famous black cabs ( taxis ). God Bless all those RAF personnel who gave
their lives. This memorial is an excellent reminder of their bravery.
Geoff Hamilton, editor-in-chief, Anglo-Nordic Times Intl. March, 2013.
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