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“Lest We Forget” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bomber Command Memorial

Bomber Command Memorial
Hyde Park Corner | Green Park, London, England
0207 580 8343
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Ranked #4 of 853 Attractions in London
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
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Owner description: The RAF Benevolent Fund is proud and privileged to be the custodian of the new Bomber Command Memorial in central London. The memorial has been built to be modern, yet classical, in Portland stone. At its heart are the bronze sculptures of a Bomber Command aircrew. Within the memorial, the space is open to the sky with an opening designed to allow light to fall directly onto sculptures of the aircrew.
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“Lest We Forget”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

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.
editor@nordic-times.co.uk

Visited March 2013
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“Hail to the hero's”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Hail to the hero's of bomber command. 70 years ago during the struggle in the sky's above Europe, the young men of Britain, Australia. New Zealand, South Africa & The USA flew sorties every night across occupied Europe.

After the disaster in northern Europe in June 1940 and the really desperate rescue of British and French Army from Dunkirk, we braced ourselves for invasion.

This was defeated both by the RAF fighters’ spectacular victory against the German Luftwaffe allowing and the RAF bombers’ attacks on German shipping, logistics, troops and with barges massing on the just across the French coast.

Their gallant action forced the Nazi's to abandon their invasion, the Germans then launched their night time ‘Blitz’ on London, my home city of Coventry, Liverpool, Plymouth, Glasgow and many other British cities. The total lost was over 44,000 civilians. We really didn't have any defence against the raids and would have been helpless to hit back without the RAF’s growing bomber force.

Under Arthur Harris, Bomber Command gradually grew in strength for the next 2 years and in 1942 the RAF to strike truly heavy blows against Germany.

With these growing blows the risks to the young men, these barely out of their teens RAF fliers, mounted and by the forth year of the war, aircrews had just a 1 in 4 chance of surviving their full rotations of 30 missions. They were successful in disrupting the German war effort, including secret weapon production. The RAF raids gave the Germans no choice but to divert a significant part of their war effort from the Russian front to defend their own country against our air attack.

Many of the highly-trained RAF airmen were scarcely 20 years old when they flew their aircraft into the maelstrom of the German anti-aircraft fire and night-fighters. The youngest airgunners were barley 18 year old. Just teenagers, not long after being kids.

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“Beautiful- but not before time.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

The photographs do not do this memorial justice. Please do take a few minutes to visit- it's a beautiful tribute to a lot of very brave people.
Such a pity (national disgrace) that so few of that generation survived long enough to finally see the Bomber Boys get the recognition deprived to them during their life times.
Visit, remember... and don't forget.

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“Not before time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Very moving.

Unimaginable individual courage (irrespective of any subsequent moral judgement)

It's a national shame that for so long the formal recognition of the service and sacrifice of the members of Bomber Command and their families was denied them.

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“Bomber Command Memorial”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Very nostalgic, as my Father served in the RAF in WW II and a friend's father was killed flying Lancaster bombers, many sad but proud dedications at the memorial to many brave men who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Visited November 2012
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