11 November 2012
Last updated at 09:41
A time capsule has been dedicated in a ceremony at the new Bomber Command memorial in Green Park, central London. The capsule contains an external hard drive with more than 1,200 electronic messages and photos from loved ones. Accompanying this photo is the message: "For my father I never met, F/O Ronald Vernon Havard Lancaster Nav. 61 Squadron, died in Lincoln Bomber air crash with all the crew, 24 September, 1947, age 24."
This photo carries the message: "My father Ronald Sayer was a navigator with 505 Squadron based in North Killingholme. He survived the war and lived to age 86."
"Remembering my grandfather Reginald Small, Rear Gunner 101 Squadron. Mens Agitat Molem. You will always be my hero, miss you so much xx"
The £6m Bomber Command memorial to 55,573 airmen who died during World War II was unveiled in June, marking the culmination of a five-year campaign for recognition of their sacrifice. This photo carries the message: "In memory of my uncle F/S JE Linehan 2nd Pilot Wellington X3757 & the crew lost without trace 8/4/42 over Hamburg. RIP.".
Bomber Command was formed in 1936 with a mission to attack Germany's airbases, troops, shipping and industrial complexes connected to the war effort. This photo's message reads: "Dedicated to my dad, W/O H. A. (Ted) Papps, Rear Gunner in Lancaster 'L Love' and to his pilot and crew who together completed 31 ops in 622sq."
A message for Sqn Ldr Peter Shaw says: "Father, grandai and great grandai. Still inspiring us all today. Thank you. Love you."
Sophy Gardner, event director for the unveiling of the memorial in June, said: "The contents of the messages are amazing. It was so important to people who spent 60 or 70 years feeling their relatives were not properly acknowledged." The time capsule is made from a Lancaster Bomber that crashed in a training exercise over Scotland in 1944, killing its crew of seven.