The first annual Bomber Command Mission Accomplished service was held at Beachy Head at the weekend to mark the anniversary of the memorial being unveiled.
There was a flypast of several planes and a special service held at the clifftop where the Bomber Command Memorial is to acknowledge 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.
After a welcome address by the head of Bomber Command Beachy Head, Joe Williams, and the playing of the Last Post, families of airmen lost during World War II laid wreaths and wooden crosses.
The Bomber Command Beachy Head committee worked tirelessly for five years to bring about the symbolic memorial.
At the service Joe Williams said, “To those who would query the terminology ‘Mission Accomplished’ in a war of unprovoked aggression in which over 40 million people died, many men, women and children were systematically killed in cold blood.
“On April 26 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’.
Meads councillor Caroline Ancell said, “I felt privileged to attend the inaugural annual service to Bomber Command.
“My children came along with me, it’s so important that they know of the sacrifice of older generations.”
The Bomber Command Beachy Head Memorial was delivered to the beautyspot in June last year by a Chinook helicopter which lifted it on to the clifftop and a crane was used to put it together.
It is a six tonne memorial made of special granite by a stonemason in Devon. A dedication service then took place in July 2012.