Bomber Command memorial

Unit Royal Australian Air Force
Place Europe
Accession Number ART92683
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 16.5 m x 4.5 m x 3.0 m
Object type Sculpture
Physical description stainless steel, glass and black granite
Maker Dawson, Neil
Place made United Kingdom: England, Dorset, Christchurch
Date made 2005
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Description

The Bomber Command memorial commemorates the service and sacrifice of the RAAF air and ground crew who served and died with Bomber Command during the Second World War. It contains specific references to elements of the Bomber Command experience; bombing operations occurred at night and searchlights posed a major threat; the Bomber Command personal- air and ground crew and eight of the aircraft flown by Bomber Command - Halifax, Wellington, Lancaster, Mosquito, Stirling, Blenheim, Whitely and Hampden. The memorial consist of a symbolized searchlight beam, images of air and ground crew as silhouetted figures in the form of a curved stainless steel wall, a glass plate at the base of the searchlight beam with stencils of the eight plane types flown, paving and a ring of granite surrounding the base of the sculpture engraved with text and insignia commemorating the Bomber Command crews. There are five preparatory samples for the Bomber Command Memorial prepared by the sculptor, Neil Dawson; examples of the glass, curved stainless steel wall with a single figure, structure of the central beam, meshwork for the central beam, and piece of etched black granite.