The annual memorial service to commemorate the men and women who served with Bomber Command was held at RAAF Base Amberley on Sunday.
The annual memorial service to commemorate the men and women who served with Bomber Command was held at RAAF Base Amberley on Sunday. Contributed

Amberley pays tribute to the sacrifice of Bomber Command

RAAF Base Amberley is the only place in Australia outside Canberra that has a Bomber Command commemoration and the only one held on an air base.

It was held on Sunday in the base's Memorial Garden, attended by some of those who served with Bomber Command. Dignitaries included Flight Lieutenant Rob Moran representing Governor Paul de Jersey.

Air Commodore Scott Winchester provided the official welcome, the commemorative address was delivered by Flight Lieutenant Emmanuel Murray and the MC was Squadron Leader Paul Lineham.

During the Second World War, Britain's Royal Air Force was divided into a number of functional and geographic commands

Bomber Command was based in Great Britain and was responsible for bombing targets in enemy-controlled Europe.

At the height of its operations in late 1944 Bomber Command comprised more than 80 operational squadrons.

These were organised into several groups on the basis of their role, the type of aircraft they operated and the locations of the airfields from which they operated.

In 1939 these groups were numbered 2-5 and by the end of the war Bomber Command comprised 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (Canadian), 8 (Pathfinder), 100 (Special Duties), and 91, 92 and 93 (Training) groups.

About 10,000 RAAF personnel served with Bomber Command and 3,486 were killed.

 



Early Ipswich Cup tips: Excellent track but rug up

Premium Content Early Ipswich Cup tips: Excellent track but rug up

Preparing for his 17th Ipswich Cup, track manager Sean Tou offered some valuable...

Council tears down serial litigant’s eye-catching signs

Premium Content Council tears down serial litigant’s eye-catching signs

Over the years his signs have targeted several high-profile politicians, police and...

New 5G phone tower planned to improve network

Premium Content New 5G phone tower planned to improve network

The telco is looking to improve its network across Ipswich with several...