2018 Annual Commemorative Day Service

IMG_8241Our service held in the Western Gallery at the Shrine of Remembrance on Sunday June 10th was presented to a full congregation keen to remember and honour those who served in Bomber Command during World War 2.

Master of Ceremonies Michael Veitch reminded us of the words of the late author and veteran Don Charlewood who said he often pondered the loss of what might have been had the fallen been able to fulfil their potential as scientists, artists and politicians.
Our Chairman Paul Dipnall spoke of the horrific loss of Australian life during those years.
Guest speaker Air Commodore Glen Braz CSC DSM paid eloquent tribute to our veterans, past and present.

The ceremony continued with the laying of wreaths and was completed with a flyover by both the RAAF Museum Point Cook and the Royal Victorian Aero Club.

Link to the video of the event

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ANZAC Day Melbourne march 2018

BCCAV was again privileged to represent and pay tribute to the veterans of Bomber Command in the 2018 Melbourne ANZAC Day march held under grey skies. Also included are some images of Bomber Command related banners.

Chairman Paul Dipnall leads a contingent of Australian Air League cadets from the Niddrie Squadron along St.Kilda Road to the Shrine of Remembrance.

On the steps of St.Paul’s Cathedral waiting to form up.

Chairman Paul Dipnall and Vice-Chair Jan Dimmick along with two of her grand-children Charlie in the uniform of Carey Baptist Grammar School and Anabelle in Geelong Grammar School uniform.

The iconic Flinders Street Station at the start of the march.

Justin Camilleri, Training Officer Australian Air League Niddrie Squadron

A flying tribute by CT4s, Winjeels and a Harvard from the RAAF Museum, Point Cook.

Pathfinder Force banner.

Odd Bods U.K. Association banner.

460 Squadron RAAF banner.

467 and 463 Squadron banner.

Kew ANZAC Day ceremony 22 April 2017

A magnificient community event was held at Kew on Sunday April 22nd in the lead up to ANZAC Day. Bomber Command Commemorative Association were proud to be involved with students from Carey Baptist Grammar and Australian Air League cadets from the Niddrie Squadron.

BCCAV Chairman Paul Dipnall with Air League cadets outside the Kew RSL.

The march proceeded down Cotham Road to the Kew Cenotaph with both the cadets and Carey students.

Opposite the Kew Cenotaph.

 

Photographs courtesy of Justin Camilleri.

Bomber Command Commemorative Day Canberra, Sunday 3rd June 2018

The weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of June 2018 heralds another important weekend of commemoration for those who served in Bomber Command as ground crew or flight crew.

It also serves to recognise the surviving veterans of WWII Bomber Command.

The weekend commences with the Last Post Ceremony on Saturday night at 4.55 pm when the Australian War Memorial will commemorate another RAAF member from the Bomber Command squadrons. This live service at the Memorial is a most moving event which is highly recommended to attend.

The Foundation will then host an informal Meet & Greet at the QT Hotel.

The traditional Sunday morning service and wreath laying commencing at 11.00 am at the Memorial will be followed by the traditional luncheon at the QT Hotel.