Posted on January 21, 2019
A war memorial in central London has been vandalised for the fourth time in six years. The RAF Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park was splashed in white paint between Sunday 20 January and Monday 21 January. The memorial commemorates 55,573 Royal Air Force Bomber Command personnel who died during the Second World War.
A statue of World War Two Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill New Bond Street was also discovered to have been vandalised on Monday morning. The RAF Benevolent Fund says paint has been put on the memorial’s statue of eight Bomber Command crew, its marble plinth and surrounding Portland stone. In a tweet, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Smyth MBE defined the act “utterly tragic”.
CCTV footage from the surrounding area has been given to police investigating the incident. Chief Executive of the RAF Benevolent Fund Air Vice-Marshal David Murray said: “This is the worst example of vandalism we have seen at the Memorial and it is utterly heartbreaking to see the memory of all those brave airmen disrespected in this way. “This despicable act took just moments but will take considerable time and resources to put right.”