Bomber Command memorial

The Queen has unveiled a memorial to tens of thousands of airmen who died in the Second World War. The Bomber Command Memorial remembers the sacrifice of the RAF crew who played a crucial part in winning the War and faced death on a daily basis.

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In pictures: Bomber Command Memorial

Second World War veterans from Britain and around the world descended on Green Park in Central London today to see the Queen unveil a memorial to tens of thousands of airmen who died in the conflict.

The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales.
The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales attend the unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The Bomber Command Memorial in London's Green Park remembers the sacrifice and bravery of the RAF crew who played a crucial part in winning the War and faced death on a daily basis.

The Prince of Wales speaks with former members of WWII RAF Bomber Command.
The Prince of Wales speaks with former members of WWII RAF Bomber Command. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

More than 5,000 veterans and veterans' relatives joined the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family to remember the 55,573 RAF crew who lost their lives.

The Queen unveils the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London.
The Queen unveils the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The Last Post was sounded and police made sure there was no distracting traffic passing to the rear of the memorial along Piccadilly as a silence was held.

A Lancaster bomber drops poppies over Green Park in central London.
A Lancaster bomber drops poppies over Green Park in central London. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

There was also a flypast by five RAF GR4 Tornado bomber aircraft crewed by the RAF, and another by the RAF's last flying Lancaster Bomber, which dropped poppies over the park as a message of remembrance for those who died.

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WWII veteran: 'I'll certainly think of the lads who didn't make it'

Thomas Telford from Ruthin in Wales spent five years in the RAF, leaving in September 1946. Credit: ITV Wales

Thomas Telford is another 91-year-old Bomber Command veteran heading to London to witness the memorial's unveiling.

He says that when the sculpture is unveiled today, "I'll certainly think of some of the lads I knew very well who didn't make it - no question about that."

Go to ITV Wales to see Thomas Telford's story.

Robin Gibb campaigned for Bomber Command memorial

"Bomber Command have always been heroes to me," the late Robin Gibb told ITV Daybreak in 2010.

"The role they played was a very important part in winning the war and it's repugnant that after so many years there hasn't been a permanent memorial in the centre of London."

Today, just 40 days after he died, the memorial he had campaigned for will be unveiled.

91-year-old Bomber Command veteran to attend ceremony

Freddie Johnson, 91, will attend the unveiling of the Bomber Command memorial today. Credit: ITV Calendar

World War II veteran Freddie Johnson, 91, is travelling from his home in Tadcaster to London for the unveiling of a memorial dedicated to him and his Bomber Command colleagues.

He was shot down twice during his 92 bombing missions and holds the Distinguished Flying Cross for gallantry.

Go to ITV Calendar to read Freddie Johnson's story.

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