Bomber Command Memorial
Unveiled by the Queen as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012, the Bomber Command Memorial honors the 55,573 troops who died fighting with the Royal Airforce’s Bomber Command in WWII. Hailing from Britain, New Zealand, Canada, and other Commonwealth countries, the soldiers participated in many pivotal raids, including the Dambusters Raid and the Battle of Britain. Today, the landmark is a moving testament to those who lost their lives, and consists of a classical portico as well as a bronze sculpture of a seven-man bomber crew. The Bomber Command Memorial features on history- and war-memorial-themed tours of London. It’s also easy to plan an independent visit.
Things to know before you go
- Like other wartime monuments, including the Cenotaph, the Bomber Command Memorial is built from Portland stone hailing from Dorset.
- The memorial has been designed so that sunlight falls directly on the bronze sculptures of the seven-man aircrew.
- The memorial’s rooftop features aluminum recovered from a Handley Page Halifax III bomber that was shot down in Belgium.
- The Bomber Command Memorial is a popular landmark for history buffs and those with personal ties to WWII.
- A free Bomber Command Memorial smartphone app provides historical details about the monument.
How to get there
The Bomber Command Memorial is located on Piccadilly, at the western edge of Green Park, and is just a short stroll from Hyde Park Corner. To visit via public transportation, take the Piccadilly line to Hyde Park Corner or the Victoria, Jubilee, and Piccadilly lines to Green Park. The area is served by numerous bus lines and can be reached by taxi, bike, and on foot.
When to get there
Green Park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so the Bomber Command Memorial can be viewed whenever convenient. Note that the landmark will be particularly busy on and around Remembrance Sunday (the closest Sunday to November 11th each year).
Other Major Military Memorials
Beyond the Bomber Command Memorial, other major military memorials across London include the Cenotaph (located on Whitehall), the Tower Hill Memorial, and the Royal Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner.