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Bomber Command memorial rededicated at Auckland Museum this weekend

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

On Sunday The RAF New Zealand Bomber Command Association held its annual service at Auckland War Memorial Museum to commemorate the fallen comrades who served in Royal Air Force Bomber Command during the Second World War.

This year marked a special occasion as the memorial, a bronze sculpture designed by Sir Richard Taylor at Weta Workshop in 2008, has moved to a permanent home in the WWII Hall of Memories and the occasion was commemorated with a rededication and blessing.

Dignitaries and special guests, including most of the local surviving Bomber Command veterans, were in attendance for formalities to honour New Zealand’s service and contribution to RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War.

Approximately 6,000 New Zealand men served in the Bomber Command and nearly 2,000 lost their lives, the highest proportion of any country in the Commonwealth.

The ceremony was a joint venture between the New Zealand Bomber Command Association (NZBCA) and Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Sir Richard Taylor could not attend but created the below video which was played during the service.