All at the RAF Benevolent Fund are mourning the loss of Harry Irons DFC - one of the greatest supporters of the Bomber Command Memorial – after he passed away this weekend.
Ninety-four-year-old Harry Irons was a rear gunner in Bomber Command serving in the RAF during the Second World War. He took part in more than 60 operations in Lancaster and Halifax bombers with 158 and 9 Squadrons including missions over Dresden and Nuremburg.
Harry, who lived in Essex, was one of the leading campaigners for the Bomber Command Memorial to be built in 2012 and spoke publicly about the treatment of Bomber Command veterans following the end of the war.
Paying tribute to his incredible contribution, Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, Chief Executive of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "We are saddened to hear of the passing of Harry and send our condolences to his family and friends.
"Harry was an inspirational man. Having fought and survived 60 operations as a rear gunner in the Second World War, he continued to fight public opinion and was vocal in his condemnation of the way veterans were treated, following the war.
"It is thanks to his and his comrades’ tenacity and determination that the Bomber Command Memorial was built in London’s Green Park, following a widespread campaign for public donations. It is the RAF Benevolent Fund’s honour to be the official guardian of the Memorial, ensuring the sacrifice of all Bomber Command is not forgotten."
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