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The Hon Michael McCormack MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Deputy Leader of the House
Federal Member for Riverina

MEDIA RELEASE

21 February 2018

Bomber Command Update

AUSTRALIANS who took to the skies serving as part of Bomber Command have been given the chance to visit the United Kingdom for the official opening of the International Bomber Command Centre and Memorial Spire, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Michael McCormack said.

“I have asked the Departments of Veterans’ Affairs and Defence to connect with Bomber Command veterans on how we can support their attendance to the official opening of the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincolnshire,” Mr McCormack said.

“Known as Bomber County, Lincolnshire in the United Kingdom will be the permanent home to the centre which recognises the important and selfless role all members of Bomber Command played in defeating the Axis Forces.

“Australia contributed approximately 10,000 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) personnel to Bomber Command during the Second World War. Tragically, more than 3,400 RAAF members were killed during operations and a number were sadly killed during training exercises.”

Mr McCormack said the Government is committed to providing ongoing support, care and, above-all, respect to all veterans and currently serving personnel. “The Government is determined to ensure veterans and serving defence personnel are always treated with the respect they are owed given their service and sacrifice to our nation,” Mr McCormack said.

“Part of this respect is to pause, acknowledge and reflect on their service in the knowledge they rose to the challenges set out before them, often in the face of harrowing odds, to achieve their missions.

“I thank all members and veterans of our defence forces for their service, including the surviving members of Bomber Command.

“I wish the Bomber Command veterans well for the future and hope through this experience they feel in some way a grateful country’s thanks.”

Media Contacts:

Whil Prendergast: 02 6277 7820
DVA Media: 02 6289 6466

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.