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Bomber Command survivor's tale preserved for future generations

Work will begin tomorrow on the home of a new memorial in Lincoln to more than 25,000 airmen from Bomber Command who lost their lives in World War Two.

Veterans will be at a ceremony on Canwick Hill - as building work gets underway. Among them will be a 95-year-old veteran, who not only swam the channel to escape occupied France, but who also survived his Lancaster Bomber being blown up. Michael Billington's been to meet him.


Bomber Command memorial vandalised for a second time

A war memorial to honour members of RAF Bomber Command has been vandalised for a second time. The memorial in central London was targeted last week. It's now been daubed in graffiti.

We are extremely disappointed and saddened that the Bomber Command Memorial has once again been subjected to vandalism. Work is currently under way to remove the graffiti."

– RAF Benevolent Fund

The Bomber Command Memorial remembers the sacrifice and bravery of the 55,573 RAF crew who lost their lives in the Second World War and was unveiled by the Queen last summer.

Memorial design chosen for Bomber Command

Design of the Spire of Names Credit: Walter Jack Studio

A design has been chosen for a memorial to the 25,000 Bomber Command airmen based in Lincolnshire who died in World War II.

The Spire of Names design by Walter Jack was picked by the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Trust.

The 50m (164ft) steel spire, which will feature the names of all 25,000 airmen, was chosen from a shortlist of three.

It will be built on Canwick Hill opposite Lincoln Cathedral and feature a visitor centre and two gardens.

War hero Freddie Johnson dies

Freddie Johnson

A decorated war hero who was only able to attend the unveiling of a Bomber Command memorial he'd helped raise money for after Calendar highlighted his story has died, aged 92.

Former rear gunner Freddie Johnson, from Tadcaster, was awarded six medals in the Second World War.

As a keen member of the Royal Air Force Association, he'd helped raise cash for a £6million memorial in London but initially he was told he wouldn't be invited to the official unveiling until we picked up the story and there was a national outcry.


Bomber Command memorial in Lincolnshire

Members of the public are invited to help choose the design of a historic memorial, which will commemorate Royal Air Force Bomber Command crew stationed in Lincolnshire during World War II.

The Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Appeal was started to encourage the recognition of the Command's aircrew, who sacrificed their lives during the war. In total, over 25,000 men lost their lives flying from Lincolnshire for the Bomber Command.

The Memorial Appeal has commissioned design proposals from renowned architects, and these will go on public display throughout April 2013.

Medal presentation for veterans

The Prime Minster is meeting 65 Arctic Convoy and Bomber Command veterans to present them with the first of their medals and clasps. At a special ceremony in Downing Street, around 40 men will be presented with the Arctic Star medal; and another 25 will receive the Bomber Command clasp.

The men, who are in all in their 80s and 90s, are bringing wives and family with them to the presentation.