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Bomber Command memorial vandalised as head of RAF benevolent fund defies calls to fence off landmark

Post by Thor on Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:57 pm

The Bomber Command memorial in London’s Green Park will not be fenced off, the head of the RAF benevolent fund has said, after it was vandalised with paint on Monday night.

It was the fourth time in six years that the memorial has been attacked.

Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, the charity's chief executive, said: "This is the worst example of vandalism we have seen at the memorial and it is utterly heartbreaking to see the memory of all those brave airmen disrespected in this way.

“I feel sickened at the lack of respect and the lack of dignity shown by these people. Do they not know what this represents? Do they not know how important this is to many veterans in this country? People gave their lives for this country and the complete disrespect shown by these people sickens me.

“There is no way we are putting a fence up. This is about remembering people and remembering the freedom they gave us.”

Paint has been splashed across the entire memorial, including the statue of eight Bomber Command crew members which stands at its centre, the marble plinth it stands on and the surrounding Portland stone.

The memorial commemorates the 55,573 members of Bomber Command who died in the Second World War and costs the RAF Benevolent Fund around £40,000 a year to maintain.


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/21/bomber-command-memorial-vandalised-head-raf-benevolent-fund/

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Post by Maddog on Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:08 pm

Thor wrote:The Bomber Command memorial in London’s Green Park will not be fenced off, the head of the RAF benevolent fund has said, after it was vandalised with paint on Monday night.

It was the fourth time in six years that the memorial has been attacked.

Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, the charity's chief executive, said: "This is the worst example of vandalism we have seen at the memorial and it is utterly heartbreaking to see the memory of all those brave airmen disrespected in this way.

“I feel sickened at the lack of respect and the lack of dignity shown by these people. Do they not know what this represents? Do they not know how important this is to many veterans in this country? People gave their lives for this country and the complete disrespect shown by these people sickens me.

“There is no way we are putting a fence up. This is about remembering people and remembering the freedom they gave us.”

Paint has been splashed across the entire memorial, including the statue of eight Bomber Command crew members which stands at its centre, the marble plinth it stands on and the surrounding Portland stone.

The memorial commemorates the 55,573 members of Bomber Command who died in the Second World War and costs the RAF Benevolent Fund around £40,000 a year to maintain.


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/21/bomber-command-memorial-vandalised-head-raf-benevolent-fund/

Maybe some folks beating on drums would straighten out the reprobates doing this?

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Re: Bomber Command memorial vandalised as head of RAF benevolent fund defies calls to fence off landmark

Post by Thor on Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:10 pm

Maddog wrote:
Thor wrote:The Bomber Command memorial in London’s Green Park will not be fenced off, the head of the RAF benevolent fund has said, after it was vandalised with paint on Monday night.

It was the fourth time in six years that the memorial has been attacked.

Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, the charity's chief executive, said: "This is the worst example of vandalism we have seen at the memorial and it is utterly heartbreaking to see the memory of all those brave airmen disrespected in this way.

“I feel sickened at the lack of respect and the lack of dignity shown by these people. Do they not know what this represents? Do they not know how important this is to many veterans in this country? People gave their lives for this country and the complete disrespect shown by these people sickens me.

“There is no way we are putting a fence up. This is about remembering people and remembering the freedom they gave us.”

Paint has been splashed across the entire memorial, including the statue of eight Bomber Command crew members which stands at its centre, the marble plinth it stands on and the surrounding Portland stone.

The memorial commemorates the 55,573 members of Bomber Command who died in the Second World War and costs the RAF Benevolent Fund around £40,000 a year to maintain.


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/21/bomber-command-memorial-vandalised-head-raf-benevolent-fund/

Maybe some folks beating on drums would straighten out the reprobates doing this?  

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Post by nicko on Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:26 pm

A public flogging would have more effect !
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Re: Bomber Command memorial vandalised as head of RAF benevolent fund defies calls to fence off landmark

Post by Thor on Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:36 am






To say it had no purpose shows how clueless this guy is

Many bombing missions were actually against the infrustructure of Nazi Germany. The simple reality is that such bombing runs were not very accurate which led to civillian lives lost. As much of the infrusructure like factories were built within urban areas. Of coure the tactic to target citiies to scare the civillian population into submission was wrong, but is just one of many tactics employed by the RAF. Where its main objective certainly failed. Inadvertantly it proved a winning tactic in the war. Hitler ending up withdrawing many of his fighters from the front line to Protect Germany. Thus helping the allies gain air superiority over the front line battlefields.

A|t the end of the day, most bombing campaigns were against military and industrial targets. So castigating them, simple due to the one poor practice by one Air Marshall to target civillians in cities. Should in no way mean we should not be thankful and commemorate all these gallant heroes of Bomber command.

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Post by Vintage on Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:05 pm

Not him again.

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