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.