Bomber Command Commemoration at the Australian War Memorial

A message from the Bomber Command Commemorative Day Foundation (BCCDF)

On Saturday 3 June 2023, a Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial will tell the story of an airman of Bomber Command recorded on the Roll of Honour.

The next day, at the Memorial’s Bomber Command Memorial, a ceremony will be held to pay tribute to the 10,000 RAAF aircrew along with ground staff and Women’s Auxiliary Air Force members who served in, and supported, RAF Bomber Command from 1939 to 1945.

The BCCDF also recognise the 4,149 RAAF members who made the supreme sacrifice while serving across 132 RAF, RAAF, RNZAF and RCAF operational squadrons and operational training units of Bomber Command.

There will be a dinner on Saturday evening and lunch following the ceremony on Sunday.

If you are interested in attending any of the social functions, please contact the Bomber Command Commemorative Day Foundation (BCCDF).

Proudly organised by the BCCDF in conjunction with the Australian War Memorial. 

Please see the BCCDF website for further details or email us at events [at] (events[at]bccdf[dot]org[dot]au).

Those attending the Last Post Ceremony will need to book a free ticket via the Memorial’s website.

A group of RAAF members standing beneath a Lancaster Bomber.

Photo above: Crew of 'Whoa Bessie', a Lancaster bomber of No. 463 Squadron RAAF of Bomber Command, before taking off on a raid. Left to right: 420610 Flying Officer (FO) R. W. Board of Rose Bay, NSW; 420973 Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) L. J. Manning of Nelson Bay, NSW; 420437 FO B. A. Buckham (Captain) of Penhurst, NSW; 410061 Flt Sgt E. J. Holden of Melbourne, Vic; 402594 FO E. H. Giersch of Henty, NSW; 403418 FO J. W. Muddle of Gloucester, NSW; Sergeant W. Sinclair (RAF) of Dundee, Scotland.