Bomber Command 75th anniversary

Australians reflected on the service and sacrifice of the men who served in Bomber Command as a commemorative service was held today to mark the 75th anniversary of the operation commencing.

 

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said more than 10,000 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) personnel served with Bomber Command and almost 3,500 were killed.

 

The crews from Australia flew missions from Great Britain bombing targets in enemy-occupied European countries during the Second World War.

 

The standard tour for Bomber Command crews was 30 operations and the chances of survival averaged about 40 per cent

Bombing operations carried extraordinarily high casualty rates and more than 55,000 bomber crew lost their lives.

 

“These men went into action knowing the odds were against them surviving a tour but they still did their duty in service of our country,” Mr Tehan said.

 

“Today we will honour that service and sacrifice and as a nation we will never forget.”

 

A commemorative service was held today at the Bomber Command Memorial at the Australian War Memorial at 11am.

 

The Bomber Command memorial unveiled at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra in 2005 commemorates the service and sacrifice of the RAAF air and ground crew who served and died with Bomber Command during the Second World War.

 

4 June 2017.