The Sandringham resident says it was sheer luck that he returned to New Zealand with a new wife and son after the war and the memorial service means a lot to the veterans still alive today, as well as their families.
A small group of Bomber Command veterans meet weekly at Motat as service volunteers, and have done so for at least 20 years.
They are part of a dedicated team responsible for bomber memorabilia at Motat, including the restoration of a Lancaster.
The idea for a memorial was initiated by Bomber Command Association president Bill Simpson and driven by administrator Peter Wheeler, who wrote a book about the Bomber Command in 2005.
The memorial’s unveiling follows a dispute over the permanent home of the memorial.
Veterans hoped it would be housed within the museum’s hall of memories, but museum bosses said it was too big to be permanently installed there.
The $100,000 memorial designed by Weta Workshop features a crew of seven sculpted out of bronze and set in marble clouds.
The unveiling will take place at 11am on Sunday in the Hall of Memories before being permanently installed by the Spitfire Gallery entrance.