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 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)

One Response to The Unveiling of The Bomber Command Memorial, 28 June 2012.

  1. Hi Chris,
    Thanks for being there with Dennis Bartlett from 61 sqdrn. My Uncle Flt Lt Bernard Fitch DFC was with 50/61 at Skellingthorpe in 1944. He died around this time last year sadly. He would have loved to have seen it.
    I visted the memorial last week while in London and a very fitting memorial it is too. It was very moving to read the personal memorials left at the airmen’s feet by friends and families of the lost.
    So on behalf of my Uncle Bernard, thank you and I await the book with much interest.
    Kind regards,


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