‘We shall remember them’ at service for lost airmen


Beachy Head is the atmospheric setting for a moving service next Monday.

The Second Annual Bomber Command ‘Mission Accomplished’ memorial service will be held at 3pm on May 5 at Bomber Command, Beachy Head. Everyone is invited to attend and remember the brave young men who died in service of their country.

The service will begin with a welcome address by CEO Bomber Command Beachy Head, Joe Williams and Clinton Williams, followed by a service and the Last Post.

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

Wreaths will be laid and wooden crosses carried out by members of airmen’s families and members of the public which will commemorate the loss of 55,573 aircrew who flew with Bomber Command across the skies of occupied Europe. Anyone who wants to lay a wreath but cannot attend can have it placed by committee members.

To do this, send a wreath, cross or tribute to either: Sqn Ldr. R G Holdstock RAFVR (T) Rtd, 13 Battle Road, Hailsham , East Sussex, BN27 1DU or Jean Adams, Byways, Sayerlands, Polegate, East Sussex, BN27 1DU.

The Bomber Command Beachy Head Committee will be in attendance on the May 5. A spokesman said, “All have worked tirelessly for five years to bring about this beautiful and symbolic memorial. On April 28 last year they inaugurated their First Bomber Command ‘Mission Accomplished’ memorial service beside the memorial where 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 acknowledgement of their sacrifice.”