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Bomber Command Memorial

  • Les Munro
    In tribute to Les Munro

    The RAF Benevolent Fund is saddened to hear of the death of Les Munro, the last surviving Dambusters pilot.

  • Australian RAF veterans lay a wreath at Bomber Command Memorial
    Australian RAF veterans lay wreath at Bomber Command Memorial

    Seventy years since they left these shores, a group of Australian Second World War veterans returned recently to join the national commemorations of VE Day.

  • RAF veteran Les Munro
    Last Dambuster pilot Les Munro accepts £75,000 Ashcroft medals offer

    Les Munro, the last surviving Dambusters pilot, has accepted Lord Ashcroft's offer to donate £75,000 to the RAF Benevolent Fund in return for gifting his decorations and medals to a museum in his native New Zealand. Mr Munro's decorations and medals will now not be auctioned.

  • RAF veteran Les Munro
    Statement from Les Munro on the auction of his medals and log books

    We are enormously grateful to Les Munro for the donation of his medals and logbooks, which will help the RAF Benevolent Fund preserve the Bomber Command Memorial and the legacy of Bomber Command, so that the sacrifices made by these brave young men will not be forgotten.

  • Why the men of Bomber Command must never be forgotten

    Before any troops even set foot on the beaches on 6 June 1944 Bomber Command had already lost almost 300 aircraft and 2,000 men (1,500 killed) attacking invasion targets. Wing Commander John Bell MBE tells us about the significant contribution made by the RAF and Bomber Command in D-Day and why it must never be forgotten.

  • The day thousands paid their respects to Bomber Command veteran Harold Percival

    Today Bomber Command veteran Harold Percival was laid to rest. It was thought that Harold had no remaining family and that nobody would be at his funeral. However, after the story was shared on social media, thousands turned out to pay their respects. The RAF Benevolent Fund's Bob Kemp, who attended the funeral, tells us more.

  • Remembering Bomber Command veteran Harold Percival

    Yesterday we learnt that a Bomber Command veteran, who recently passed away, had no remaining family to attend his funeral which takes place tomorrow, Armistice Day. What happened next is testament to the fact that the spirit of Remembrance lives on one hundred years after the First World War began. The RAF Benevolent Fund's Bob Kemp who will be attending the funeral, tells us more.

  • "I will be remembering my Bomber Command comrades this Remembrance Day"

    David Bowker was just 18 when he joined the RAF. He was a pilot in Bomber Command and survived a crash which killed two of his comrades. In this guest blog, David, 91, remembers his colleagues who were killed during the bombing raid over Frankfurt.

  • Bomber Command Memorial sculptor wins top award

    Last night, Philip Jackson was awarded the Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture for his sculpture at the heart of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London. Malcolm White, Chairman of the Bomber Command Association, collected the award on Philip's behalf. In this blog, Malcolm tells us more.

  • Bomber Command hero honoured

    At the grand age of 100, Wally Lashbrook MBE DFC AFC DFM, who lives in Ayr, has been honoured with the award of a clasp to recognise his war time service as a pilot with Bomber Command.

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