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Second World War memorial to be unveiled, just a bit late

The Queen will remember the rarely mentioned sacrifices of the RAF's bomber air crews when she unveils the Bomber Command memorial in Green Park.

"Poppies bloom in the fallow fields of Lincolnshire, sudden outbreaks of red in a verdant landscape – nature’s unintended tribute to the thousands of young men who flew from this place into the dark heart of Nazi Germany, never to return.

". . .Of 125,000 aircrew who served in the strategic bomber force between 1939 and 1945, 55,000 were killed and another 18,000 wounded or taken prisoner, a casualty rate of 60 per cent.

". . .The Queen will unveil the first national memorial to the dead of Bomber Command, a belated acknowledgement of sacrifice on a scale scarcely comprehensible today. The memorial is the culmination of a five-year campaign by veterans to raise £9.5 million from the public, including more than £1 million donated by readers of The Daily Telegraph."

The son of a father who did not return said, "'There was this awful denial after the war about the role of the bomber crews because of the scale of the destruction inflicted on Germany.'"

Terrible destruction inflicted on Nazi Germany, which inflicted terrible destruction on Britain's people and many others. It is right not to cheer. It is right to remember.

Update: Just dipped into our email and found Jim Hodge had sent us this worthwhile link to the story.

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