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Bomber Command memorial which honours Lincs airmen defiled

Investigations are continuing after vandals targeted a memorial which honours those who served in Bomber Command.

Bomber Command memorial in London's Green Park Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The memorial in London's Green Park, which commemorates more than 55,500 members of the Bomber Command who died in the second world war, was covered in white paint yesterday. A statue of Sir Winston Churchill which stands in New Bond Street in the capital was also damaged.

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The RAF Benevolent Fund said it was the fourth time in six years that the bomber memorial had been sabotaged and that the white gloss paint remained wet "at daybreak" when it was discovered.

Lincolnshire became known as Bomber County during World War Two, with more than 100 RAF Airfields. Linda Meredith's father was a rear gunner on the Bomber Command.

The team who work at the International Bomber Command Centre have said they are 'shocked and saddened' by the act of vandalism and issued the statement below:

We understand and sympathise with how the team must be feeling having faced the same enormous struggles to raise the necessary funding to build both the memorials to ensure that the service and sacrifice of those who so bravely fought for our freedom could finally, after 70 years, be acknowledged and honoured.

The IBCC suffered 14 break-ins and acts of vandalism during development, which meant that the security provisions on the site had to be dramatically increased. This meant that funds that had been raised to build the exhibitions and educational areas and support our veteran care and community programmes had to be diverted into additional CCTV and security fencing.

It is somewhat ironic that the people that committed this act could do so, in the main, because of the enormous contribution made by those who served in Bomber Command to defeat the Nazis and protect the freedom that they have now taken as their right.

– SpokespersonLincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Trust and International Bomber Command Centre