Bomber Command memorial service

'Mission Accomplished' Memorial Service of the 'Bomber Command Tribute Memorial' at Beachy Head. April 28th 2013 E18025P'A young Air Cadet stands in tribute after laying a wreath.
'Mission Accomplished' Memorial Service of the 'Bomber Command Tribute Memorial' at Beachy Head. April 28th 2013 E18025P'A young Air Cadet stands in tribute after laying a wreath.

Wreaths were laid at Beachy Head at the weekend for the Mission Accomplished memorial service of the Bomber Command.

The sun shone as crowds flocked to the service on the Downs on Sunday (April 28).

There was a fly past by the Tiger Club, prayers read by the chaplain Reverend Canon Martin Onions and the Last Post.

The laying of wreaths and placing of wooden crosses was carried out by members of the families of airmen lost during World War II and by members of the public to commemorate the loss of the 55,573 aircrew of Bomber Command.

Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Mike Thompson was among the dignitaries to attend and lay wreaths at the scene.

The memorial is an acknowledgement to the sacrifices made by the men and commemorates the final mission on April 26, 1945 to destroy Hitler’s Eagle Nest.

The Beachy Head memorial was unveiled last year and this year’s service, set to become an annual event, marked its first anniversary.

See Friday’s Herald for a full report and pictures.