Who was Bomber Command in ww2?
RAF Bomber Command controlled the Royal Air Force’s bomber forces from 1936 to 1968. Along with the United States Army Air Forces, it played the central role in the strategic bombing of Germany in World War II.
Is there a Bomber Command medal?
The Bomber Command Medal pays tribute to all air and ground crew veterans whose contribution to Bomber Command was so very essential during World War II.
How many served in Bomber Command in ww2?
During WWII, more than a million men and women served, or supported, Bomber Command. Originating in 60 nations across the world, they were united in their efforts to protect the freedom we enjoy today.
How many Bomber Command veterans are still alive?
Flight Lieutenant Bertram Nick Nicholls in 1942 – and now. Nick is believed to be one of fewer than 100 iconic Bomber Command veterans still alive today in the UK to tell their heartstopping tale.
Why did Bomber Command not get medals?
The planned campaign medal for Bomber Command was never struck. The decision not to award a medal for all members of Bomber Command occurred during the short gap between the wartime coalition and Attlee’s Labour Government, whilst Churchill was still P.M.
When was the Bomber Command clasp issued?
In 2013, the Ministry of Defence issued a clasp to Bomber Command veterans, which was designed to attach to the 1939 to 1945 Star for which those veterans had previously qualified.
How many died in Bomber Command?
The successes of Bomber Command were purchased at terrible cost. Of every 100 airmen who joined Bomber Command, 45 were killed, 6 were seriously wounded, 8 became Prisoners of War, and only 41 escaped unscathed (at least physically). Of the 120,000 who served, 55,573 were killed including over 10,000 Canadians.
What happened to Bomber Harris?
Harris died on 5 April 1984, eight days before his 92nd birthday, at his home in Goring. He is buried in Burntwood Cemetery at Goring.
Who got the 1939-45 Star?
The 1939-45 Star is awarded to Australian Civilian Personnel who served afloat with the United States Army Small Ships Section between 8 December 1941 and 2 September 1945. Eligibility is the same as that for Merchant Navy personnel. See required evidence to support a claim.