Air Force personnel were honoured to support the annual Bomber Command Commemoration Day Service at the Australian War Memorial.

On June 2, a sea of wreaths was laid, including one from the modern-day No. 460 Squadron – one of the original 17 Royal Australian Air Force squadrons created to operate under Bomber Command during World War II.  

Commanding Officer of No. 460 Squadron Wing Commander Andrew Hoffmann attended the event with about 60 members from the unit.

Wing Commander Hoffmann said the commemoration day was a relatively recent initiative that recognised the courage and sacrifice of those members who served in Bomber Command.

“It is a privilege for the modern No. 460 Squadron to provide an honour guard for this memorial service and a special way for us to remember and reflect upon the service of our forebears,” he said.

The honour guard also included members of No. 462 Squadron.

An integral part of Bomber Command, No. 460 Squadron maintained the highest serviceability rates and dropped more bombs than any other Australian bomber squadron. However, the unit sustained more than 1000 fatalities. 

Disbanded at the end of WWII, it reformed in 2010 as Air Force’s target intelligence squadron.