Thursday, 28 June 2012

RAF Bomber Command Memorial

Joe Williams, CEO of Bomber Command Tribute Beachy Head Committee 

During the course of World War 2 over 50,000 air crew of RAF Bomber Command gave their lives in the fight against Nazi Germany. Until now they have been the forgotten heroes of the war, now they will be remembered with two new memorials; one to be unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen in Green Park, London today 28th June 2012 and another on the Sussex coast at Beachy Head on Sunday 8th July. Beachy Head was chosen as for many it was the last British land they would ever see.

One veteran of RAF Bomber Command, Joe Williams has made it his mission to create a memorial/tribute to those that lost their lives and have it erected within the South Downs National Park, on the route of the South Downs Way, at Beachy Head in view of the famous lighthouse and close the Beachy Head visitor centre.

You can read more of Joe's story on the Bomber Command Tribute website.

On 26th June 2012 the grey granite Memorial/Tribute was airlifted by an RAF Chinook from RAF Odiham in Hampshire and installed ready to be dedicated on Sunday 8th July 2012.

Chinook HC3

Part of the Memorial/Tribute is carefully flown in by the Chinook HC3

The Chinook also delivered a mobile crane for assembling the Memorial/Tribute

A stunning location!

And don't forget to visit the Memorial/Tribute if you can. It's easily accessible from the Peace Path which forms part of the South Downs Way at Beachy Head, close to the visitor centre and pub. The views are stunning; on a clear day you can see as far as the Isle of Wight.

Beach Head Light House, just one of the stunning views
from the Bomber Command Memorial/Tribute

Watch this blog for information about the creation of the image of Joe Williams - all is not as it seems;-)

TTFN


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