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The scars of the Second World War still line bomber country

17/07/2012 Posted by chris

This is the moving article written by Neil Tweedie in the Daily Telegraph on the 27 June 2012 explaining the role of WW2 RAF Bomber crews and how their sacrifices still affect families today. It features Patrick Otter whose father was a Lancaster Bomber Pilot with 9 Squadron based at RAF Bardney and flew during the “Battle of Berlin”. The Daily Telegraph and its readers raised 1 million pounds towards the cost of building the Bomber Command Memorial which was Unveiled by the Queen on 28 June 2012. Patrick Otter has also written an excellent book called ‘Lincolnshire Airfields in the Second World War’. (Countryside Books, £12.95)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/raf-bomber-command/9356538/The-scars-of-the-Second-World-War-still-line-bomber-country.html

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The Unveiling of The Bomber Command Memorial, 28 June 2012.

17/07/2012 Posted by chris

Hi everybody. On the 28 June 2012 the Queen Unveiled The Bomber Command Memorial. A fitting, long awaited tribute to the 55,573 RAF Bomber crewmen lost during WW2. I attended the event with Bill North’s Mid-Upper Gunner, Dennis Bartlett and aviation artist Simon Atack. I also met the family of Peter Knox who was a crew member  of Lancaster ME846 http://www.knoxetal.com/raf/raf.asp Please follow this link to read his amazing story which has two connections to Bill North’s crew, through his Bomb Aimer Norman Jarvis to Peter Knox and through Dennis Bartlett to George Moggridge.

It was an extremley moving day and I felt honoured to be in the presence of so many veterans. We got to meet and talk to Prince Charles who spoke to many of the Veterans afterwards, showing real appreciation. Carol Vorderman and Jane MacDonald were wonderful and also helped to make it a day to remember.

The book Riding In The Shadow of Death is nearly complete, with some minor editing, photos and documents to be added. I was hoping to have it ready by the 28 June, but it has been delayed again. We are very close now and I will let you all know as soon as it is ready. It will be well worth the wait, it is an extrordinary story and I would like to thank everybody for their support.

Best Wishes Chris Keltie

The Bomber Command Memorial

61 Squadron RAF Bomber Command Veteran Dennis Bartlett and I speaking to HRH. (Photo by Elisabeth Cox)

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