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Postby 10680 » Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:23 am

I can't find the article,that I wanted to link to, online, but the gist is that the appeal needs money urgently so that they can build the memorial.
If it is not started soon there is apparently a ban on building works during the Queen's jubilee year, 2012, and it would be delayed until 2013.

There is a calendar, which you don't appear to be able to buy online, or donations at

http://www.armedforcesartuk.co.uk/

If I remember I will scan & post.
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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby Mayfly » Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:30 am

Thanks Ken - I thought they had enough funds for this, anyway just bought some bits!! :p
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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby 34053 » Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:06 pm

I found this on the BBC website (Matthew Wright's 'Inside Out London' on 25th October):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... 5_10_2010/

Watch it from 19mins 50secs.
Be quick though, as it looks as though there are only 3 days left to watch it.

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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby RLN » Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:07 pm

Thanks, PW.
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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby RLN » Sat Oct 30, 2010 10:27 am

There have been
1) An advert on ITV to raise funds for this on ITV London
2) An article on "London Tonight" about the shortfall of funds.


What have I been saying all along that the Vulcan mob should do?


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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby 34053 » Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:58 pm

There has been some progress since the last posting on this Topic. The good news is that the planned Memorial is (quite rightly) to go ahead 'in 2011', although Donations are still urgently needed to meet the total cost. Use the link below to read more:

http://www.bombercommand.com/

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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby Xplumberlives » Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:00 pm

Thanks for the update P.W. :ymapplause:
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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby 34053 » Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:07 pm

The latest news I have is that 'Next month, work will begin on the Memorial at Hyde Park Corner in Central London. It will be the biggest Memorial built in Britain for 200 years and will include a 5 ft bronze statue of a Bomber Command Crew. It is hoped that the work will be finished in time for Remembrance Sunday on November 13th (this year)'

It is quite shameful that it has taken 70 years for this Country to salute the Heroes of Bomber Command. Of the 125,000 air crew, 55,573 were killed. On 3rd March 1944 alone, 90 Bombers were lost in a single mission (that's 630 men killed in one night). Another 8,403 were wounded and 9,838 ended up in German POW Camps.

There are not many surviving members of Bomber Command (probably even fewer by November 13th) but at last there will be a lasting tribute to the Veterans and their families.

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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby 34053 » Wed May 04, 2011 8:15 pm

The first stone was laid today:

http://www.lbc.co.uk/uks-biggest-memori ... orial/1156

The Ceremony included a flypast by the BBMF Lancaster Bomber (see Image 5).

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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby Xplumberlives » Wed May 04, 2011 8:39 pm

Thanks P.W.

About BLOODY time too!
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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby Mayfly » Wed May 04, 2011 8:46 pm

Ah brilliant - I searched for this thread earlier and couldn't find it this is what I posted earlier [thread now deleted]

The foundation Stone was laid to day for the BoB memorial :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause:

The Lanc did flypast in London so I am assuming that is what it is for. I understand they need to raise another £2m for it's upkeep.
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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby Jigsaw » Wed May 04, 2011 9:48 pm

Xplumberlives wrote:Thanks P.W.

About BLOODY time too!


I could not agree more. A long time coming and far to late for so many but bloody good news :ymapplause:
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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby 34053 » Mon May 16, 2011 10:43 am

Today, the 16th May, in 1943 is the day when 19 Lancaster Bombers of 617 Squadron Bomber Command took off from Scampton Airfield in Lincolnshire to start the night time raids on the Mohne, Sorpe and Eder dams in Germany.

Out of the 19 aircraft, only 11 returned and 53 of the Crew died.

There should have been 21 Lancasters for these Raids, but 2 were seriously damaged during the test runs for Barnes Wallis's 'Bouncing Bomb', at Reculver in Kent.

Here is a link to 'Dambusters' section of 'The Barnes Wallis Memorial Trust' website:

http://www.barneswallistrust.org/dambusters.htm

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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby 10680 » Mon May 16, 2011 1:40 pm

I was only watching the little documentary at Hendon yesterday hadn't thought about the nearness to the anniversary.
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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby 34053 » Mon May 16, 2011 6:23 pm

Thank you 10680 for drawing my attention to yet another 'senior moment' (putting 'April' when, of course, I meant 'May' (now corrected). I was under a bit of 'time pressure' this morning and was anxious to get my Post submitted as quickly as possible (well, that's my excuse anyway!!).

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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby 10680 » Tue May 17, 2011 9:49 am

When you read Gibson's VC citation

"....Afterwards he circled very low for 30 minutes, drawing the enemy fire on himself in order to leave as free a run as possible to the following aircraft which were attacking the dam in turn.

Wing Commander Gibson then led the remainder of his force to the Eder dam where, with complete disregard for his own safety, he repeated his tactics and once more drew on himself the enemy fire so that the attack could be successfully developed...."

quite amazing.

Although I wonder what his crew thought/said when he told them he was hanging around!
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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby 34053 » Tue May 17, 2011 12:16 pm

10680 wrote:When you read Gibson's VC citation

"....Afterwards he circled very low for 30 minutes, drawing the enemy fire on himself in order to leave as free a run as possible to the following aircraft which were attacking the dam in turn.

Wing Commander Gibson then led the remainder of his force to the Eder dam where, with complete disregard for his own safety, he repeated his tactics and once more drew on himself the enemy fire so that the attack could be successfully developed...."

quite amazing.

Although I wonder what his crew thought/said when he told them he was hanging around!


An amazing act of bravery and a justly deserved Victoria Cross.

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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby 34053 » Mon May 21, 2012 3:04 pm

I thought it most appropriate to 'refresh' this Topic, in view of the very sad News of the death of Robin Gibb yesterday. Robin campaigned tirelessly for a Memorial to the 55,573 young airmen who gave their lives for this Country, during World War Two. He saw how terribly unfair and wrong it was that this sacrifice had never been recognised and commemorated.

This long overdue Memorial has now become a reality and will be unveiled by the Queen on June 28th. How sad it is that Robin Gibb will not be there to witness this achievement.

I include the link below, to the Bomber Command Memorial wesite. Please have a look. There is also a Tribute there to Robin Gibb RIP.

http://www.bombercommand.com/

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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby 34053 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:53 pm

Just a Reminder that the Bomber Command Memorial will be unveiled on Thursday this week (28th June). Also, please note that there is TV coverage, on BBC2, from 1700 until 1750 hrs that day.

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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby 10680 » Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:52 am

Has any one got details of the flypast for today?
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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby Xplumberlives » Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:53 am

10680 wrote:Has any one got details of the flypast for today?




I seem to remember that it will be 5 X GR4s from Marham and then a POPPY DROP by 474 ;)
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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby 10680 » Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:59 am

Xplumberlives wrote:
10680 wrote:Has any one got details of the flypast for today?




I seem to remember that it will be 5 X GR4s from Marham and then a POPPY DROP by 474 ;)



Times and routes?

I'm driving up for Waddington. Did think about a detour to Green Park, but don't think I'll get anywhere near. So thought I'd try to see it somewhere.
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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby Jigsaw » Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:06 am

Here you go mate

A national Memorial to commemorate the tragic loss of 55,573 young Bomber Command airmen in the Second World War will be unveiled at a ceremony in Green Park, London, at 1200 tomorrow, 28 June 2012.

During the 30-minute ceremony, Her Majesty the Queen will unveil a nine foot high bronze sculpture depicting seven Bomber Command aircrew. A Bomber Command veteran will read an exhortation before the act of remembrance. The ceremony will end with a flypast by five RAF GR4 Tornado bomber aircraft crewed by today’s Royal Air Force. This will be followed by a flypast at 1230 by the RAF BBMF Lancaster Bomber, PA474, which will drop poppies over Green Park as a message of remembrance for the 55,573 Bomber aircrew lost.

The flying programme will be as follows,

1145 - Depart Cgy

1230 - Poppy Drop Green Park

1255 - Flypast Wyton

1315 - Flypast Rauceby

1335 - Flypast Waddington

1345 - Land Cgy

The route over London for the poppy drop tomorrow will take the Lancaster near the following landmarks in an East to West direction;

Thames Barrier

Millenium Dome

Canary Wharf

Waterloo Station

Millenium Eye

Houses of Parliament

Buckingham Palace

Hyde Park

Green Park

The engineers are currently loading the Lancaster with the poppies in preparation for the event tomorrow.
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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby 10680 » Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:09 am

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Re: Bomber Command Memorial

Postby 34053 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:36 pm

Following the Unveiling of this Memorial, by the Queen, on 28th June, I went to London on Monday this week (2nd July) to look at it for myself, close up. I was so pleased to see the very large number of people coming and going during the hour or so that I was there and that there was such a high level of interest in this (long overdue) Memorial to the 55,573 Airmen of Bomber Command who gave their lives for King and Country, during the Second World War.

Here is a selection of the photos that I took whilst I was there:

A view from the rear of the Memorial, from Piccadilly (the road) looking towards Hyde Park Corner:
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A view of the centre; left and right sections of the Memorial, from the Green Park side:
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Front view of the Bomber Crew statues and the Plinth below:
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Rear view of the Bomber Crew statues, and the Plinth below:
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A closer view of the Bomber Crew:
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The opening to the sky, above the statues:
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The Inscription at high level, behind the statues (photo taken in two halves) reads 'THIS MEMORIAL ALSO COMMEMORATES THOSE OF ALL NATIONS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE BOMBING OF 1939 - 1945':
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Some of the many Tributes (crosses; cards; flowers; wreaths; etc) left at the foot of the statues. The cross on the right hand side is for 'Sgt Edwin Bowen and Crew of JB842 (77 Squadron) 29/30 March 1943':
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The Inscription on the wall, to the left of the statues. This reads: 'THE FIGHTERS ARE OUR SALVATION BUT THE BOMBERS ALONE PROVIDE THE MEANS OF VICTORY' WINSTON CHURCHILL SEPTEMBER 1940:
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The Inscription on the wall, to the right of the statues. This reads: 'THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED TO THE 55,573 AIRMEN FROM THE UNITED KINGDON, BRITISH COMMONWEALTH & ALLIED NATIONS WHO SERVED IN RAF BOMBER COMMAND AND LOST THEIR LIVES OVER THE COURSE OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR'
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The 'Bomber Command' and 'RAF' Crests on the Memorial:
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In an alcove, in the left hand side, outside wall of the Memorial, there are inscriptions listing those people/organisations whose 'generous support' enabled the Memorial to be built, together with the names of the Architect; Sculptor/Inscriptions/Wreath; General Contractor and Stone Contractor. I was pleased to see the name of Robin Gibb was also included (it is at the top, left hand side, four lines down):
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In an alcove, in the right hand side, outside wall of the Memorial, there is an inscription recognising the important part played by Lord Ashcroft, in enabling this Memorial to be completed:
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If you are ever in the area, this Memorial is certainly worth a vist. It is just a short walk from 'Green Park' Underground Station (leave by the 'Piccadilly South Side' exit; turn left and walk towards Hyde Park Corner.

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