RAF Bomber Command

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RAF Bomber Command controlled the Royal Air Force's bomber forces from 1936 to 1968. Along with the United States Army Air Forces, it played the central role in the strategic bombing of Germany in World War II. From 1942 onward, the British bombing campaign against Germany became less restrictive and increasingly targeted industrial sites and the civilian manpower base essential for German war production. In total 364,514 operational sorties were flown, 1,030,500 tons of bombs were dropped and 8,325 aircraft lost in action. Bomber Command crews also suffered a high casualty rate: 55,573 were killed out of a total of 125,000 aircrew, a 44.4% death rate. A further 8,403 men were wounded in action, and 9,838 became prisoners of war.

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Bomber Command
Active14 July 1936–1968
CountryFlag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
BranchAir_Force_Ensign_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg Royal Air Force (RAF); attached squadrons & individual personnel of the RCAF, RAAF, and RNZAF.
RoleStrategic bombing
Headquarters1936–1940: RAF Uxbridge
1940–1968: RAF High Wycombe
Motto(s)Strike Hard Strike Sure[1]
EngagementsSecond World War
Battle honoursBerlin 1940–1945
Fortress Europe 1940–1944
Air Marshal Charles Portal
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris
Aircraft flown
Bomber1939: Battle, Blenheim, Hampden, Wellesley, Wellington, Whitley.

1942: Manchester, Stirling, Halifax, Lancaster, Mosquito.

1945: Lincoln

1950: Washington B.1

1951: Canberra.

1955: Vickers Valiant

1956: Avro Vulcan

1958: Handley Page Victor.

Bomber Command stood at the peak of its post-war military power in the 1960s, the V bombers holding the United Kingdom's nuclear deterrent and a supplemental force of Canberra light bombers. In 1968 it was merged with Fighter Command to form Strike Command.

In August 2006, a memorial was unveiled at Lincoln Cathedral.[2] A memorial in Green Park in London was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 June 2012 to commemorate the high casualty rate among the aircrews.[3] In April 2018 The International Bomber Command Centre was opened in Lincoln.

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