The RAF Benevolent Fund is saddened to hear of the death of Doug Radcliffe MBE, who helped to build a lasting tribute to the sacrifice of his comrades, the Bomber Command Memorial.
Paul Hughesdon, Director of Welfare and Policy at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "We are greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Doug Radcliffe, President, long time Secretary and lynch pin of the Bomber Command Association.
"Doug was just 17 when he volunteered for service during the Second World War. Trained as a wireless operator, he flew in Wellington and Lancaster bombers and saw service in Italy and North Africa.
"Forever touched by the sacrifice of his fallen comrades, Doug made it his life's work to ensure their legacy was not forgotten. In his role as Secretary of the Bomber Command Association, he was involved in the fundraising for and building of the magnificent Bomber Command Memorial which stands in London's Green Park.
"In fact it was a comment from Doug to David Graham of the Heritage Foundation charity which kick-started the campaign to build a Bomber Command Memorial after he remarked 'where's our memorial?' while admiring the recently unveiled Animals in War memorial in 2007.
"Five years later Doug read the exhortation at the Memorial's unveiling by the Queen and when it was vandalised in 2013 it was Doug who stood guard over the memorial until the graffiti could be removed.
"As guardians of the Bomber Command Memorial, the RAF Benevolent Fund has had the privilege of getting to know Doug and his family and regularly saw him when he attended the annual Bomber Command Anniversary service.
"His life was dedicated to the memory of those he lost during the war, the 55,573 souls who did not return home and it has been our pleasure to work with him to this end. His unstinting work was recognised by the Queen when he was made an MBE.
"The RAF Family and Bomber Command has lost one of is finest supporters and we send our condolences to Doug's family at this sad time."