RAF Benevolent Fund remembers Bomber Command veteran Norman Gregory

Caption: Norman Gregory at the Bomber Command Memorial tenth anniversary in London

The RAF Benevolent Fund has paid tribute to the service and life of Bomber Command veteran Norman Gregory, who sadly passed away recently.

Norman, who was 100 and lived in Cockfield, Suffolk, was one of the honoured guests at the Bomber Command Memorial tenth anniversary ceremony, in London, in June.

He spoke about his experiences as a Bomb Aimer when the Lancaster he was in was shot down over Dortmund and he was captured and interrogated, during the Second World War.

He said:

“I was thrown into a prison cell and already the next cells were occupied by my skipper and by my navigator and, out of the crew of eight, we were the only survivors.”

The Bomber Command Memorial service is held annually by the Memorial’s custodian, the RAF Benevolent Fund, The RAF’s leading welfare charity, to mark the unveiling of the Memorial, which was first revealed by Her Majesty The Queen, in 2012.

Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot, Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said:

“All of us at the RAF Benevolent Fund will be sad to learn of the passing of Norman Gregory. We were thrilled to see Norman at the Bomber Command tenth anniversary event in June this year, where he shared his incredible story about being shot down over Germany during World War Two. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

The RAF Benevolent Fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity, providing practical, financial, and emotional support to RAF personnel, veterans, and their partners and dependants. If you know a member of the RAF Family in need, please go to rafbf.org to find out how the Fund could help.

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