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Memorial to Bomber Command airmen unveiled by Queen

The Queen unveiled a memorial to World War II Bomber Command veterans at Green Park today Photo: Pool

Second World War veterans from Britain and around the world gathered today to see the Queen dedicate and unveil a memorial to tens of thousands of airmen who died in the Second World War.

The Bomber Command Memorial in London's Green Park remembers the sacrifice and bravery of the 55,573 RAF crew who lost their lives in the conflict.

More than 5,000 surviving airmen joined the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family in Green Park for the unveiling of a memorial featuring a 9ft bronze sculpture depicting a seven-man bomber crew returning from a mission.

Jim Dooley, Fundraising Director for the Bomber Command memorial has thanked the British people for their support.

The £7 million Portland stone memorial also has been given the blessing of the German people, after an inscription was included that commemorating all the lives lost in the bombings of 1939-45.