It was a fantastic delight to welcome six wonderful RAF Bomber Command veterans to the Museum on Sunday 25th September 2011, to help raise funds towards the planned Bomber Command Memorial due to be unveiled in Green Park, London, in May 2012.
Attending the event (left to right) were veterans, Eric ‘Timber’ Woods, Tony Iveson, Joe Cook, Bob Woods, Sid Beaver and John Banfield. Thanks to their signing efforts, the terrific sum of £800 was raised along with an additional £100 in donations for the fund-raising wristbands. In total, the Museum has so far raised over £2,000 this season towards the Fund.
We would like to also to thank author Steve Darlow for supporting the event. His book ‘Failed to Return’ was a popular purchase to have signed by the Bomber Boys. See here for more details: http://www.fightinghigh.com/bombercommandfailedtoreturn.htm
PLEASE READ! However we now learn that the UK Treasury are seeking £500,000 in VAT from the Memorial Fund, which is scandalous. How dare they take the donations that we and many other individuals and groups have given specifically for the Fund, only for the ‘fools’ at The Treasury to no doubt waste it in ways that will only increase our anger!!! 55,573 members of Bomber Command gave their lives in the Second World War and they’ve got the cheek to demand a whopping tax bill. The Museum’s opinion of this is unprintable! If equally disgusted by this, please lobby/write to your MP or contact The Treasury direct to demand they stop this outrageous theft. Thank you. See report here: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/273689/Anger-grows-at-half-a-million-tax-bill-for-heroes-memorial