A RETIRED Horncastle serviceman is championing a campaign to raise money for a Bomber Command Memorial in London - remembering 50,573 fallen heroes.
During the Second World War, many servicemen stationed at RAF bases across the country, including Bardney, Coningsby, Woodhall Spa and East Kirkby, lost their lives.
Charles Walbran, 54, who was in the RAF for 12 years and now lives in Holland, is urging people to support The Bomber Command Memorial Appeal - raising the £4.9 million needed to erect a memorial in Green Park, London, near to Buckingham Palace, in 2011.
The appeal is currently around £2 million short, and this amount needs to be made up by the end of the month to get the ball rolling on plans.
Veteran Royston Clarke, 87, of Silver Street, Wragby, who was in the Ludford Magna 101 Squadron at RAF Market Rasen, said:
“I think it’s most important to have this memorial for the people who lost their lives in the Bomber Command.
“Their families need somewhere to go and pray.
“There were so many killed.”
Mr Clarke was the only survivor out of a crew of six who survived after their Lancaster was shot down over Germany.
The Appeal has received a lot of recognition and has the support of stars such as Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees.
Mr Walbran, who used to live in Mareham on the Hill and later Dymmoke Drive in Horncastle, has even created some wristbands which will shortly be available at the Motor Accessory Shop, Bridge Street, Horncastle (date to be announced).
For further information visit: www.bombercommand.com.
PIC CAP: An artist’s impression of the Bomber Command Memorial.
PIC CAP: Retired RAF serviceman Charles Walbran, who lives in Holland but is from Horncastle, is urging people to support the Bomber Command Memorial Appeal.
PIC CAP: Royston Clarke with a picture of himself serving under the Bomber Command during the Second World War. He was a radio controller in a Lancaster crew.
PIC CAP: A model of the memorial which would be made of bronze.
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