Each year the RAF Benevolent Fund organises an Act of Remembrance at the Bomber Command Memorial in London's Green Park, marking the anniversary of the dedication of the memorial by Her Majesty the Queen in 2012 and honouring the 55,573 airmen of Bomber Command who died during the Second World War.
This year, we were delighted to welcome so many attendees at the Memorial, including more than 25 veterans of Bomber Command who paid their respects to their fallen comrades.
Among the Bomber Command veterans in attendance were 99-year-old pilot and Olympian Bill Lucas DFC, 93-year-old Bill Moore who served in Special Operations with No. 138 (Special Duties) Squadron, and 98-year-old Jack Lyons, who participated in the legendary Great Escape from Stalag Luft III after his Whitley Mk 5 was shot down in 1941.
The RAF wreath was laid at the Memorial by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, who will become Chief of the Air Staff in July, and his wife Lady Elaine Hillier.
The RAF Benevolent Fund wreath was laid by Group Captain Mike Neville and the Bomber Command Association wreath was laid by Bomber Command veteran Air Commodore Charles Clarke.
We are also very thankful to the Cadets of 282 East Ham Squadron, ATC, for their continued assistance during the Service and the music provided by their band.