Statue of chief of WW2 Bomber Command in central London - photos
by Stephen Hewitt | Published 28 March 2021
The photographs here, taken in October 2017, show a statue of the man who was chief of The Royal Air Force's Bomber Command during World War 2, Sir Arthur Harris BT GCB OBE AFC. The statue is in the heart of London, within a minute's walk of the Royal Courts of Justice, outside Saint Clement Danes Church in the Strand, WC2R 1DH. (OpenStreetMap marker)
Carved into the white stone on the front of the support is “SIR ARTHUR HARRIS BT G.C.B. O.B.E. A.F.C. 1892 - 1984 COMMANDER IN CHIEF BOMBER COMMAND ROYAL AIR FORCE 1942 - 1945”, although too faint to be visible in the photograph here.
On another face of the support a small metal plaque reads “THIS STATUE WAS UNVEILED BY H M QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER 31ST MAY 1992”.
Arthur Harris “first practised his trade against Kurdish villages in Iraq” according to Oxford Research fellow David Omissi. After one bombing raid in 1924 Arthur Harris reported:
“Where the Arab and Kurd had just begun to realise that if they could stand a little noise, they could stand bombing, and still argue they now know what real bombing means, in casualties and damage; they now know that within 45 minutes a full-sized village can be practically wiped out and a third of its inhabitants killed or injured by four or five machines which offer them no real target, no opportunity for glory as warriors, no effective means of escape.” (Guardian, 19 January 1991)
- Guardian article: Baghdad and British bombers David Omissi, The Guardian, 19 January 1991
- A television documentary on RAF bombing of civilians in 1920s and 1930s "Birds of Death", Director George Case, a Wall to Wall television production for Channel 4, 1992
- Financial Times article: interviews with survivors of 1945 bombing of Dresden 'The night the innocents died', Judy Dempsey, Financial Times, 11/12th February 1995, page 1, Section 3
- Book excerpt: Photos of Hamburg after British bombing in 1943 "The Night Hamburg Died", Martin Caidin, Four Square/New English Library, London, 1966
- Statue of Reuters founder in City of London - photographs September 2014, Royal Exchange Buildings, EC3V 3NL
- BBC article: Bomber Command maps reveal extent of German destruction Lauren Turner, BBC, 8 October 2015