Despite the tragic losses suffered by Bomber Command during the 1939/1945
conflict there remained a strong comradeship, indomitable spirit and high
level of morale amongst all its members. Following the end of the conflict
a number of those who served in the Command were determined to maintain
these ideals and recorded their names in an unofficial Bomber Command
Register. In 1985 The Bomber Command Association was formed as a means
of continuing that comradeship and perpetuating the Command's history
with truth, dignity and pride.
Association is governed by a formal Constitution. The policies and management
are the responsibilities of an Executive Committee elected at the Annual
General Meeting to which all Members are invited.
full-time Secretary is assisted by a part-time Registrar. A volunteer
Trading Officer undertakes the day-to-day operation of the Association.
The Association has a permanent headquarters at the R.A.F. Museum at Hendon.
The Association's objectives, as defined by the constitution, are: To
promote the efficiency of the Royal Air Force and preserve its traditions
by maintaining contact between past and present members of Bomber Command
and Strike Command, fostering esprit-de-corps and comradeship.
support the charitable work of the Bomber Command Hall (of the R.A.F.
Museum) and other projects which educate and inform the general public
in the work and history of Bomber Command and the V-Force.
In May 2001 Membership numbered 6,000 including 750 who live overseas.
For a modest subscription, membership of the Association is available
to all who served in Bomber Command, the V-Force, Strike Command or in
associated Allied Air Forces, regardless of rank or trade. There is also
the opportunity to become an Associate Member for those who did not, or
could not, serve in the Command but may have an interest in our heritage
and how the history of the Command is portrayed.
The Association provides the facility and opportunity to meet with service
comrades and others with similar backgrounds or interests. The Association
publishes periodic newsletters and there are local branches which offer
social meetings, visits etc.
The year 2002 was designated a Commemorative Year for Bomber
Command - 60 years since Sir Arthur Harris was appointed Commander-in-Chief,
60 years since Bomber Command started taking the campaign with great force
into the German heartland, 60 years since the first '1000 Bomber Raid',
and 60 years since the Command's activities were joined by the USAAF 'Mighty
Eighth' Air Force.
The Bomber War - Arthur Harris and the Allied Bomber Offensive 1939
-1945 by Robin Neillands, published by John Murray.
Harris - His Life and Times by Air Commodore Henry Probert, published
by Greenhill Books Lionel Leventhal Ltd.
Hardest Victory by Denis Richards, published by John Curtis / Hodder
Command: Reaping the Whirlwind by Professor Richard Overy, published
by Harper Collins.