Saturday, June 30, 2012

Bloody marvelous

After 67 years of being cruelly ignored, the boys of Bomber Command finally have a memorial. Despite their heroic efforts during WW2 - and you must remember that their losses were horrifying, 60% being killed, wounded or captured - they never had a medal of their own and their contributions were ignored by Royalty and politicians. Bombing had become controversial. Finally, the wrong has been righted with a memorial in Hyde Park, officially opened by the Queen a few days ago. It's going to be one of the key points in our visit to London in August. Kim's dad flew Lancaster bombers with the RAF. He flew over 30 missions, was shot down in France and made it back to London through the escape lines, flew a Lanc back singlehanded with the rest of the crew dead. He saw many, many of his friends die. We'll be going to honor him all those who gave their lives to fight for freedom. The last flying Lanc in Great Britain drops poppies.

1 comment:

warmoviebuff said...

Ironically I just finished reading "Bomber" by Len Deighton so I have a greater appreciation for the Bomber Command crews. Thanks for your post. It was a great postscript.