City of Westminster in Greater London, England, United Kingdom
The Bomber Command Memorial
The Bomber Command Memorial was built to commemorate the sacrifice of the 55,573 airmen who lost their lives serving in Bomber Command during World War Two.
The Memorial, which was unveiled on 28 June 2012 in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, was designed by architect Liam O'Connor and is made from Portland stone. The sculpture, featuring seven Bomber Command aircrew, was created by Philip Jackson.
Erected following a five-year campaign by the Bomber Command Association, it was the culmination of a 70-year battle to win recognition for the contribution and sacrifice made by the 125,000 men who served in Bomber Command.
Its purpose is to remind us of the sacrifice of those who lost their lives and to ensure that the scale of that sacrifice is understood and remembered by future generations. Bomber Command was formed in 1936 and played a critical role from the very beginning of World War Two.
More than 125,000 men flew in Bomber Command and all were volunteers. Of this number, nearly half lost their lives. Most who flew were very young, the great majority still in their late teens.
Crews came from across the globe - the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and all corners of the Commonwealth, as well as from occupied nations including Poland, France and Czechoslovakia.
These aircrew achieved a notable victory which made a decisive contribution to the outcome of World War Two.
1 Design The memorial is made of Portland stone in a modern classical style.
2 Thank you inscription A message of thanks to all those who made the Memorial possible.
3 RAF badge Used by the RAF since 1918, featuring an eagle and the RAF motto ‘Per Ardua Ad Astra’ — ‘Through Adversity To The Stars’.
4 Roof The roof replicates the geodetic construction used in the Wellington and incorporates sections of aluminum recovered from a Halifax bomber shot down over Belgium in 1944 with all eight crew killed.
5 Winston Churchill quote “The fighters are our salvation but the bombers alone provide the means of victory.”
6 Sculpture Featuring statues of seven Bomber Command aircrew.
7 Message of reconciliation “This Memorial also commemorates those of all nations who lost their lives in the bombing of 1939-1945.”
8 Bronze wreath Designed by Dr C J Dudley, DFC, a veteran of No. 578 Squadron.
9 Bomber Command badge Featuring
2 Flight Engineer
3 Mid-Upper Gunner
5 Bomb Aimer
6 Rear Gunner
7 Wireless Operator
It is our aim to preserve the Memorial for future generations so that the story of Bomber Command and the noble sacrifice of 55,573 young Bomber Command crew who lost their lives will always be remembered.
We need your support to maintain the Memorial for future generations. To find out more about our work and to make a donation to the Memorial visit www.rafbf.org/bc
Download the Bomber Command Memorial app at www.rafbf.org/bcm app
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, World II.
Location. 51° 30.201′ N, 0° 8.928′ W. Marker is in City of Westminster, England, in Greater London. Memorial is at the intersection of Piccadilly and Duke of Wellington Place, on the left when traveling west on Piccadilly. Located in Green Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: City of Westminster, England W1J 7JZ, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Bomber Command Memorial (a few steps from The Queen’s Meadow (within shouting distance of this marker); The Memorial Gates (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); New Zealand War Memorial (about 90 meters away); Francis Barraud (about 120 meters away); Machine Gun Corps Memorial (about 120 meters away); Royal Aeronautical Society (about 150 meters away); Wellington Arch (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of Westminster.
Also see . . .
1. Bomber Command Memorial. (Submitted on June 2, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. RAF Bomber Command Memorial on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 2, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 128 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 2, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.