RAAF Bomber Command Veterans Asked to Foot Bill for Travel Insurance

The night sky over Europe taken from a Bomber Command aircraft in 1944.  The plane is being shot at by ground weapons and nightfighters.  Bomber Command crew suffered heavy losses

The night sky over Europe taken from a Bomber Command aircraft in 1944. The plane is being shot at by ground weapons and nightfighters. Bomber Command crew suffered heavy losses.  Private Collection

Editor’s Note:  One of our readers sent us a brief article about World War II RAAF Bomber Command personnel having to foot the bill for travel insurance if they wished to travel to Britain for the official opening of a Memorial to Bomber Command earlier this year.

Veterans who trained at Evans Head during World War II attend Memorial Service at the Evans Head War Cemetery

Veterans who trained at Evans Head during World War II attend Memorial Service at the Evans Head War Cemetery

Australian World War II Veterans from Bomber Command met in England in June 2012 for the unveiling of a memorial to Bomber Command

Australian World War II Veterans from Bomber Command met in England in June 2012 for the unveiling of a memorial to Bomber Command

Fortunately an insurer for Defence Health came to the party and covered them gratis.

Extract from Recent Issue of Defence Health December 2012

We know of others who had no support at all and paid their own way to the event.

Many RAAF personnel who trained at Evans Head No.1 Bombing and Gunnery School and No.1 Air Observers School were posted to RAF Bomber Command Squadrons.  Bomber Command had very high mortality rates which explains part of the large loss of those who trained at Evans Head.  More than 1,000 lost their lives in service to country and empire.

Passing Out Parade at No.1 Bombing & Gunnery School Evans Head NSW Australia

Passing Out Parade at No.1 Bombing & Gunnery School Evans Head NSW Australia  Photo Courtesy Evans Head Living Museum

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