Thursday, June 28, 2012

June 28th, 2012

The Memorial to the brave men of Bomber Command, unveiled this day by the Queen
in Green Park, London

The resident Lancaster Pilot with part of his crew (missing from the picture, George and Bob,
the Engineer and the Navigator)

A rather bittersweet day with even yet so many negative comments about the morality of it all underlying this late recognition of courage on the part of these young men who fought the war
when there was no other defensive front.

And the Nazis chose well to place their munitions factories and railway transport centres
under cover of Dresden Shepherdesses so that it would appear Bomber Command was attacking
only civilian citizens in this most romantic of German cities with its connotations of porcelain and delicacy.

Does nobody remember the constant barrage of London over so many months early in the war, 
when they had the upper hand, and the terrible stress and loss of life that Londoners were subjected
 to by the Luftwaffe, night after night after night??  And Coventry...

Anyway, the Lancaster Pilot here does appreciate the Memorial  and the fact that it was funded
solely by private donation;  only sorry that half of his crew are no longer alive.

(you will note that Blogger is being difficult - again!)


Barb said...

What a tribute to Charles and other Bomber Command pilots. I hope you raised a glass at Happy Hour.

Penny said...

What a lovely post, we will remember them.

Lisa said...

A fitting tribute to bravery during a terrible time. And no, I doubt if very many people remember the horrors of the war...or are taught much about it in school anymore. Thank you for reminding us.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A fitting tribute to the bravery of Charles and those others, and it is too bad it was so long in coming.

I have been reading lately several books set in London during the War -- so am now more conscious about the terrors of that time.