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Bomber Command Memorial


31 July 2012

Alumnus Dr Max Barry OAM (BVSc '52 MACVSc '71) joined more than 6,000 veterans and the general public at the Bomber Command Ceremony in Green Park, London, on 28 June 2012, during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, when she unveiled a memorial to the 55,573 airmen of Bomber Command who died during World War II. At the end of the war there was discomfort with the fact that many civilians had been killed during the bombing, and despite 40% of the aircrew in Bomber Command giving their lives to the war effort, no memorial nor campaign medal had ever been established. Max served as a rear gunner in a Lancaster bomber when the crew had to bail out over France, due to fire, in 1944, and was sent by the German forces to POW camps in Poland and Germany.

Post-war in Sydney Max studied Veterinary Science, and married medical student Ruth Maegraith (MBBBS '52 FRACGP '72). Both daughters, Clinical Associate Professor Katherine Brown (MBBBS '52 FAChSHM '04) and Christina Barry (BSc Hons 1 '80) studied at the University of Sydney. Max was accompanied to the historic event by his son-in-law, Health Sciences alumnus John Brown.

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