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Talks to discuss bomber memorial for Beachy Head site

8 March 10 10:20 GMT

A memorial to honour the aircrews of Bomber Command and the thousands of young airmen who lost their lives is being proposed by an East Sussex woman.

Jean Adams, from Polegate, is heading a campaign to build a monument to the men at Beachy Head, near Eastbourne.

The headland would have been one of the last sights the airmen saw as they flew out over the Sussex coast.

Ms Adams will be joined by veterans at a meeting with Eastbourne Borough Council officials to discuss her plan.

Rear gunner

Nearly 4,000 people have signed her petition for a memorial, including the broadcaster David Dimbleby, whose father was a war correspondent.

Bomber Command had the highest casualty rate of any service in World War II, losing more than 55,000.

Ms Adams became interested in the campaign when she met Joseph Williams, the previous owner of her house in Polegate, who was a rear gunner on a Lancaster bomber which was shot down and he was captured.

She said Eastbourne Borough Council supported the idea of a memorial, although an exact site had yet to be decided.

A trust fund has been started by Mr Williams to help raise the necessary funds.

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