Published: Sat 2 Jun 2012

Media are invited to a wreathlaying commemorating the service and sacrifice of the RAAF air and ground crew who served and died with Bomber Command during the Second World War.

This ceremony commemorates the more than 10,000 Australians who went to Britain to serve as aircrew, scattered throughout RAAF and RAF squadrons in Bomber Command.

  

Who:        More than 30 veterans of Bomber Command

                 Members of the 315, 460, 462 Squadrons and Air Cadets   

 

When:      11 am Sunday 3 June 2012

 

Where:     Bomber Command memorial, Sculpture Garden

                 Australian War Memorial

 

Early in the Second World War, aerial bombing was Britain’s most effective means of striking directly at Germany. The Germans defended aggressively and casualties in bombing operations were high. Of the 10,000 Australian airmen who served in Bomber Command more than one in three was killed.

 The Bomber Command memorial integrates key elements of the experience of those who served; a searchlight reaching the sky, the types of aircraft flown and the air and ground crews who flew or maintained them. More information: http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/ART92683

 

CONTACT DETAILS

 Tom Vasey           (02) 6243 4575     0409 600 038     media@awm.gov.au

Marylou Pooley    (02) 6243 4383     0412 646 298