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By John Ingham Defence Editor


THE last major hurdle to a £7million memorial to Britain’s young unsung Bomber Command heroes was cleared yesterday.
De laatste horde naar de 7 miljoen  voor  het gedenkteken voor de Britste bomcommando  helden is gisteren genomen.
Campaigners signed a legal deal to ensure the memorial, seen left as it will look in London’s Green Park, is maintained in perpetuity.
Campagneleiders tekende a contract ter bevestiging hoe het memorial eruit gaat zien in het londense Green Park zoals ook afgesproken.

The agreement was signed at the RAF Club by memorial fund chairman Jim Dooley and major backer Bee Gee Robin Gibb, whose family built Lancaster bombers. He said: “It is a momentous occasion.”
De overeenkomst was ondertekend door de voorzitter van  de RAF club Memorial Jim Dooley en Bee Gees Robin Gibb. wiens famiie Lancaster bomvliegtuigen bouwde. Hij zei het is een gedenkwaardig moment.

Mr Dooley, whose godfather Stephen Dooley flew wartime missions in Halifax bombers, said: “It is a fantastic feeling.” The bronze statue showing airmen going on a Lancaster bombing raid should now be ready for next year’s Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Mr Dooley , wiens grootvader Stephen Dooley , tijdens de oorlog missies vloog zei: Het is een fantastisch gevoel. Het bronzen gedenkteken dat de Lancaster vliegeni zien tijdens een bombardement laat zien zou volgend jaar klaar moeten zijn voor de olympische spelen en  het diamanten jubileum van de koningin.
The 125,000 personnel in Bomber Command – 55,000 of whom were killed – are the only major group of Second World War veterans not to have their own memorial in Britain. Their average age was just 22
De 125.000 mensen van het Bomcommando - waarvan 55.00o mensen gedood zijn- zijn de enige belangrijke groep van WWII veteranen die geen eigen gedenkteken in Groot-Britanie hebben. Hun gemiddelde leeftijs was 22 jaar.

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