Incorporated in 2015, the Bomber Command Commemorative Association (Victoria) Inc (BCCAV) exists to ensure, in perpetuity, the continuance of the memory of those Australians, and particularly the Victorians, who served in RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War.
Bomber Command was the strategic bombing arm of the Royal Air Force. Some 125,000 airmen from the United Kingdom, British Commonwealth and other Allied nations served with the organisation. In the course of that service, 55,573 airmen – 3,486 of them Australian – lost their lives.
BCCAV traces its history to the original Bomber Command Commemorative Day Foundation, which was set up by a group of veteran aircrew to run an ongoing commemorative service centred around the Bomber Command sculpture at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. The first such service was held in 2006 and the concept has since expanded to include concurrent observances in state capital cities around Australia.
In Melbourne, the service was first held in 2012 at the spiritual home of commemoration in Victoria, the Shrine of Remembrance. Growing numbers and the need to coordinate involvement from an increasing number of external groups led to the decision, in 2015, to incorporate as an official organisation in its own right.