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Ceremony for Bomber Command memorial.

Summary: Work has begun on a monument to the thousands of RAF bomber crew who lost their lives during the Second World War.

Veterans have joined senior members of the Royal Air Force for a ceremony to lay the foundation stone of a monument to thousands of RAF bomber crew who lost their lives during the Second World War.

The Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, central London, will pay tribute to the 55,573 RAF crew who lost their lives in the conflict and will be completed by May 2012.

Those present at the ceremony included leading donors and supporters such as Robin Gibb, of Bee Gees fame.

Some Au5.6 million of a Au6 million fundraising target for the memorial was achieved after donations from mobile phone entrepreneur John Caudwell and Lord Ashcroft, the former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party.

The memorial, which will be built from Portland stone, has been designed by awarding-winning architect Liam O'Connor, and will feature a bronze centrepiece of seven aircrew by sculptor Philip Jackson.

Fundraisers also need to raise a further Au2 million for maintenance of the memorial.

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