Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Bomber Command Memorial
He didn't choose to be a bomber pilot, he was selected and sent to Canada for training. Had he been selected to fly Spitfires, he would have been regarded as a hero but those who served in Bomber Command never had their contribution to the war effort acknowledged by the government. The sense of shame and guilt at the bombing of German cities was shifted from the government onto the men who risked their lives every night to bring the war to an end.
It has taken 70 years of effort by the Bomber Command Association to finally have a memorial erected to honour the 55,000 crew members who gave their lives. The memorial will be unveiled by the Queen in Hyde Park tomorrow.
The MOD has reneged on its promise to contribute towards the cost of the ceremony, leaving the Bomber Command Association to face the £350,000 deficit; they risk losing their homes to pay the bill. I'm glad that my father-in-law didn't live to see the day that insult was added to injury!