VIDEO: Bomber Command veterans raise hundreds for Green Park memorial

Veterans of the RAF’s Bomber Command raised more than £1,631 when they appeared at the Wings Museum in Balcombe.

The group of 10 appeared for a signing and raised the total in just four hours.

The money is their on-going contribution towards the upkeep of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park which was unveiled last year after huge public efforts to raise the funds to pay for it.

The Wings Museum invited the men to appear on Saturday to help in their continuing efforts to raise funds, now in order maintain the memorial.

The men, all from the Mid Sussex area, included three DFCs (Distinguished Flying Cross) holders, an MBE, a CBE and an Air Commodore.

Dozens of visitors queued out of the museum door while they waited to collect the men’s signatures.

A Bell P-63 C-5 King Cobra from WW2 at Wings Museum, Balcombe

A Bell P-63 C-5 King Cobra from WW2 at Wings Museum, Balcombe

The museum itself has displays of memorabilia, personal possessions and clothing of former RAF and USAAF servicemen, bomb casings, aircraft parts and a display about Dora, the Nazi concentration camp where inmates were forced to construct Germany’s V1 and V2 rockets, otherwise known as the Doodlebug.

The exhibits also include a reconstructed crash site of a 1942 USAAF A-20C fighter jet, a Bell P-63 C-5 King Cobra, which was leased by the Americans to the Soviet Air Force, and a Douglas C-47 Skytrain from the Columbian Airforce, which visitors can walk into and which was used in the filming of the TV series Band of Brothers.

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