Bomber Command Memorial
Bomber Command Memorial
4.5
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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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Neighborhood: St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
How to get there
  • Hyde Park Corner • 4 min walk
  • Green Park • 8 min walk
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NorthEastMe999
North East England, UK675 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a beautiful memorial to the men of Bomber Command who lost their lives on operations during the war. It's understated but brilliantly executed, with bronze statues (so detailed) of a crew inside a covered stone monument. Spare a few minutes as you pass on your way between Hyde Park Corner and Buckingham Palace
Written February 24, 2020
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DunelmArts
Aberdeen, UK1,158 contributions
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May 2023 • Solo
This magnificient Portland stone memorial in the modern classical style commemmorates the 55,573 bomber command crew who lost their lives in Word War II. It features seven aircrew - Navigator, Flight Engineer, Mid-Upper Gunner, Pilot, Bomb Aimer, Rear Gunner and Wireless Operator. The statue was unveiled by the Queen during her diamond jubillee year in 2012 and is maintained by the RAF Benevolent Fund. A thought provoking reminder of the sacrifice these young men made for our country.
Written May 30, 2023
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ166,245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
A Different Feeling in the Early Autumn

We were in London in September, which is early for our usual visits, but this was not per usual, and not business related. As we were staying in Mayfair, right on Hyde Park, we took a nice long stroll, on a gorgeous weekday, and made the cross to the little section of the Park, where it abuts with Green Park, to visit the monuments again.

On a previous visit to the Bomber Command Memorial, it had been grey, dark and cloudy, and the weather leant a very somber mood to the Memorial. In the glorious early Autumn sunshine, it felt different - much different.

While still a memorial to the RAF Bomber Command, today it seemed like a glowing tribute to their bravery, rather than just a reminder of the death toll - a very different feeling.

For me, this is a must-do, when I am in the Hyde Park/Green Park area, and as it’s but a short walk, easy to get to. I would urge one to give it a good long look, rather than just glance at it, in passing. Study the statues, and read all of the inscriptions. I would give it at least half and hour, but doubt that many do.
Written June 4, 2020
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Brian K
Croydon, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
This site is still quite young and the gardens will be very impressive when they mature more fully. The tributes and memorials have been carefully thought out and crafted and represent a very moving yet peaceful experience. The views over Lincoln and the Cathedral are spectacular and the quality of food served in the Cafe is excellent.
Written April 24, 2023
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shanie202
London, UK129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
Wow what can I say.
This is a must to visit if you have any interest in the Bomber command during World War II This was a touching memorial to the life‘s lost A really experience not to be missed.
The staff who are volunteers were amazing with some great stories these mustn’t be missed and should be passed on to our children and grandchildren never to be forgotten.
Written October 12, 2021
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Dennis The DAG
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I'm at the age when I have a hard time remembering things. But after 55 years since my military number was issued to me, I have never forgotten it. I never forget to stand in silence each year, to remember the 55,573 members of Bomber Command . Those Heroes, who gave their lives for someone they would never know, you. So all I've ever asked Is. Can you spare two minutes of your time, in remembrance of our fallen Heroes. After all, they gave you a lifetime to remember things.  A really great memorial to visit, and when you do. You'll feel a sense of hope and peace.
Written October 31, 2020
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Sarah S
Old Tupton, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
We didn’t pay for the museum so can’t comment.
Walked around the memorial and very moving. A wonderful dedication to all who served in the RAF.
Had coffee and cake in the cafe. Breakfasts looked amazing! Usual shop to purchase bits to help the work being done.
£3 to park
Written August 25, 2021
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Sandygranny
Sandy, UK936 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
This memorial is a long overdue tribute - it was unveiled by Her Majesty the Queen on 28 June 2012 to commemorate the 55,573 members of RAF Bomber Command and all those who were killed in action between 1939 and 1945.

The centre of the impressive Bomber Command Memorial shows seven bronze statues of aircrew and it is surrounded by quotes, with one from Sir Winston Churchill in 1940 telling us that the bombers would win the war for us, not the fighters. There is a lot of detail in the memorial and a great deal of work must have gone into it. Many people had left beautiful flowers with little notes and photographs as tributes.

This memorial is wonderful and well worth seeing.
Written April 23, 2016
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veteran_nomad
Paris, France6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Business
To have a memorial to one of the greatest War Crimes of the 20th century - by honouring the perpetrators - is a symbol of all that is wrong today. I was sickened by the pomp surrounding this glorification of a truly evil campaign by a truly barbarous man - and I am not talking about the 23 year old pilots (though they bear some responsibility too). Yes the Nazis were evil, they were war criminals too.... but the actions of an enemy NEVER justify the mass immolation of tens of thousands of civilians, non-combatant human beings. Arthur Harris should be buried in an unmarked grave, and only remembered as the war criminal he was. Dark days glorified do not change the nature of evil.
Written July 4, 2013
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Sandygranny
Sandy, UK936 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
If you are anywhere near Green Park or Buckingham Palace, do spare some time to see the Bomber Command Memorial and read the notes on the flowers and wreaths that have been lovingly placed there. This beautifully sculptured memorial is so life-like with incredible detail.

The memorial was designed by Liam O'Connor and built to mark the sacrifice of the 55,573 aircrew from Britain, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Poland and other countries of the Commonwealth as well as civilians killed during the raids. The bronze sculptures of the seven aircrew were designed and created by Philip Jackson.

Although well overdue, the memorial is a thought-provoking and moving tribute to the brave young men who fought for the freedom of their country.
Written March 30, 2017
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