After Dunkirk, until D-Day four long and bitter years later, its planes and pilots provided our only offensive capability against Hitler's madness. Its aircrew experienced extreme danger. The cockpit of a Lancaster bomber over Germany was the most dangerous place a British serviceman could be anywhere in the war. Each cohort of 100 airmen could typically expect one of the following fates:
55 killed on ops or as a result of wounds 3 injured on ops (usually anti-aircraft shrapnel penetrating the body or burns) 12 POWs 2 shot down and evaded capture (most spirited home by various resistance organisations) 27 survived a tour of operations.
Bomber Command deserves its belated memorial. It is 67 years overdue.
They were and are brave men brilliantly led by Harris and his senior officers. We should salute them all.
They suffered the highest casualty rate of the British Armed Forces in the Second World War, but for 67 years the sacrifice made by the men of Bomber Command has been officially overlooked. The memorial unveiled by the Queen this week will finally give Bomber Command the recognition it deserves. Here, five veterans tell of their experiences in the deadliest wartime role
“The old Lancaster is a longstanding memory in my mind. I loved flying it, I loved the crew that I flew with, I have many fond memories of flying in it, I have some memories that I wish hadn’t happened. But it was a wonderful machine."
Memories still fresh for Lancaster bomber pilot. It's been more than 65 years since Malcolm Austin flew bombing missions over Germany, but his memories of that time as a Lancaster bomber pilot are still fresh.
On the 13 September 1945 a Lancaster from 460 Squadron flew to Berlin with a crew of 6. They spent the day looking through the Reichstag and the Chancellory building. Members identified include the pilot Squadron Leader Milgate, 2nd pilot Alan Henry Baskerville and Peter Swan. The operation was noted in Alan Henry Baskerville's log book as 'Operation Spasm". Here is the photo of these members outside the Chancellory building.
Dedicated to the bomber command crews of WW2... "The crew and I were only on 460 Squadron for just a few months as we each completed our 30 trip 'tour of duty'. Still, we were proud to have played our part in a great Command, to have upheld the honour and reputation of a great Squadron and to have been numbered amongst that splendid company of men who willingly went each night in jeopardy of their lives" Henry Baskerville. Here are our stories ....
Max's memories of wartime missions. His first time in the air was during a night raid where he sat in the mid-upper turret - a canopy located on top of the plane with a 360 degree view - of a Lancaster four-engine bomber.
L for Leather over the Eder - Gary Eason Photography... 0130 on 17 May 1943: ‘Cooler 6’ begins the attack. Flt Lt Dave Shannon (RAAF) flying Lancaster Type 464 ED929/G, AJ-L (nicknamed “L for Leather”), makes the first run at the undefended Eder Dam during 617 Squadron’s Operation Chastise, watched by mission leader Wing Cdr Guy Gibson in AJ-G.
As a keen young engineer, Jeff took a position as a navigator and was posted with the 460 Squadron in the Lancaster Bombers. He says many of his friends have since called him 'Lucky Mackay'. "There was 55,000 air crew killed just in the Bomber Command alone, so it was a matter of luck whether you survived," Jeff says. Few of those friends remain and those that do are also in their 90s.
At Last. The RAF Bomber Command Memorial, located in Green Park, London, will be dedicated on Thursday by Queen Elizabeth (UK Telegraph photo). This Thursday, Britain will correct a slight that was years in the making.
There is no doubt that the aircrews felt slighted by official amnesia. They said little in public but their feelings – of resentment at the way history had denigrated their contribution to victory, of hurt at the lack of an official memorial to their staggering losses – emerged behind closed doors at emotional reunions.
There was much that was wrong with the way the bombing campaign was conducted. None of the mistakes, though, were the fault of the crews, most of whom believed that they were risking their lives in a great cause. Of all our Second World War warriors, the Bomber Boys endured the most for the least reward.
On the 13 September 1945 a Lancaster from 460 Squadron flew to Berlin with a crew of 6. They spent the day looking through the Reichstag and the Chancellory building. Members identified include the pilot Squadron Leader Milgate, 2nd pilot Alan Henry Baskerville and Peter Swan. The operation was noted in Alan Henry Baskerville's log book as 'Operation Spasm". Here is the photo of these members outside the Reichstag.
But Professor Burleigh told the Policy Exchange think tank conference: “Germany had no qualms about bombing Warsaw and Rotterdam. It was responsible for terror bombing London and many other British cities. In Clydebank in Scotland only eight out of 12,000 houses survived undamaged. “The Germans had no scruples about using incendiary bombs or indiscriminate V1 and V2 rockets against Britain.” Rejecting comparisons to the Holocaust, Professor Burleigh said: “In contrast to men shooting women and children in a ditch or herding them into gas chambers, Bomber Command crews faced terrible risks with a 44.4 per cent fatality rate in a slugging match that went on night after night for years.”
During the Second World War Bomber Command flew more than 389,000 individual sorties from 101 operational bases across the east of England. Dozens of other bases, not included here, were used for training and maintenance.
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