Mission accomplished at bomber memorial

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A flypast by at least 35 aircraft will take place at Beachy Head this weekend at the first annual Bomber Command Mission Accomplished Memorial Service.

The service gets underway at 3pm on Sunday (April 28) at the Bomber Command Beachy Head Memorial with a welcome address by CEO of Bomber Command Beachy Head Joe Williams, followed by a service and the Last Post.

The service is an acknowledgement to the sacrifices made by the 55,573 men of Bomber Command and to commemorate the final mission on April 26 1945 to destroy Hitler’s Eagle Nest.

A fly past at 500 feet by at least 35 aircraft will take place over the memorial on a Reading to Beachy Head route and out to sea.

The laying of wreaths and placing of wooden crosses will be 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. Those wishing to have wreaths laid and are unable to attend can have them placed by committee members.

Members of the Bomber Command Beachy Head Committee will be at the service, all of whom worked tirelessly for five years to bring about the symbolic memorial.

A committee spokesperson said, “The young men of Bomber Command took the war to the enemy and so many did not return. They paid a high price and deserve a greater recognition and acknowledge of their sacrifice.

“In April 1945 Bomber Command carried out its last bombing attack, where they destroyed Adolph Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest” headquarters. That can truly be designated as ‘Mission Accomplished’.

“When we stand before our memorial we will remember the young aircrew of Bomber Command who ‘sought and found their way to the stars.”