A campaign has been launched to replace a statue stolen nearly 50 years ago which commemorated the Blitz in Hammersmith.
The monument was installed after the Second World War in Gwendwr Garden in West Kensington, but it was stolen in 1960, leaving only a plaque.
Chief campaigner is secretary of Hammersmith and Fulham Pensioners' Forum Heather Armitage, 66, who lives near the garden in Barons Keep, Gliddon Road.
She was inspired to take action by the story of Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery, who used a classroom in St Paul's Boys' School, which then stood in Hammersmith, as a base to plan D-Day. Montgomery had chosen his old school, St Paul's in Hammersmith Road, Hammersmith, after it had been evacuated, mainly by bicycle, to Crowthorne in Berkshire.
Before the 1944 invasion, St Paul's School was used as the headquarters for the 21st Army Group, led by Montgomery who drew up the blueprint for the landings.
On May 15, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and King George VI, came to the school approve the plans.
But heavy bombing of Hammersmith and West Kensington followed, which not only gutted the school, but also destroyed St Mary's Church in Edith Road.
After the war, the church was rebuilt and the bronze monument to the blitz was put up in the West Kensington remembrance garden.
Miss Armitage, who was previously an art director, has already written to Hammersmith and Fulham mayor Cllr Andrew Johnson and the War Memorial Trust for help to raise the cash for the commission.
One of her old college friends, Derek Howarth, a sculptor, will construct the memorial, which Ms Armitage has suggested would be flat like a book, depicting the faces of Montgomery and Eisenhower with maps of south England and northern France behind him.
"I want it to go in the same place as the previous one. It's an ideal site, between two towering trees," said the pensioner, who said she was inspired by her father who fought in both world wars.
Before and after D-Dayon June 6, 1944, West Kensington residents had suffered heavy bombardment from V2 bombs, and on June 16, one of the rockets hit St Paul's School.
"Hitler knew Monty was planning D-Day in Hammersmith," said Ms Armitage.
"But he got the direct hit too late."