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Work starts on Bomber Command Memorial

Construction has started on Liam O’Connor Architects’ classical designs for the £5.5 million Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park

The Memorial next to Piccadilly in central London is due for completion in 2012 and will honour the 55,573 airmen who lost their lives in World War II. 

Designed by architect Liam O’Connor, who previously designed the Armed Forces Memorial in Staffordshire, the Memorial will features a nine foot high bronze by sculptor Philip Jackson depicting a seven man bomber crew returning to base after operations. 

Previous story (AJ 09.07.2010)

Cash crisis jeopardises plans for Bomber Command Memorial

Liam O’Connor Architects’ classical designs for the £5.5 million Green Park memorial project are under threat due to a lack of funding

The Bomber Command Association urgently needs to raise £2 million by the end of this year (2010) otherwise plans to erect a memorial in honour of the 55,573 bomber aircrew killed in WWII face being scrapped.

Planning permission for the classical Greek Doric order-style memorial at the entrance to Green Park was granted in May.

However, Jim Dooley, chairman of the Bomber Command Association said: ‘There is a misconception that because we have planning permission, we already have the funding in place. But that isn’t the case, and we urgently need help.’

Though the association has already secured £1.5 million in funding it is still seeking a further £4 million - with half of that needed to be found in the next six months.

Until now, the aircrew are the only WWII veterans not to have been publicly acknowledged for their decisive role in defeating the Nazis, despite the fact they accounted for 10 per cent of the overall fatalities during the war.

‘Tireless campaigner’ Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees said: ‘I’ve put my heart and soul into being a champion of this cause. I had a vision of this monument becoming a reality and now I want to see it unveiled. These guys are heroes - they saved the world and they deserve the best. The whole world, including Germany, is free today because of Bomber Command’s sacrifice.’

Churchill himself stated in 1940: ‘The fighters are our salvation but the bombers alone provide the means of victory.’

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