The Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede

Air Forces memorial

This beautiful and tranquil building commemorates over 20,000 airmen and women who lost their lives in the Second World War during operations from bases in the United Kingdom and North and Western Europe, and who have no known graves.

The site is situated on a ridge overlooking the Thames River at Runnymead. Just below the site is the memorial to President John F. Kennedy and the signing of the Maga Carta.

The building sits on a beautifully kept piece of land and has inscribed within it all the names of the missing airmen and women.

It is possible to walk within the building and to climb up to the roof observation point. This is well worth the effort for a superb view over the valley. In the distance you can easily see Heathrow airport and even the new Wembly football stadium.

The memorial was designed by Sir Edward Maufe with sculpture by Vernon Hill. The engraved glass and painted ceilings were designed by John Hutton and the poem engraved on the gallery window was written by Paul H Scott.

It overlooks the River Thames on Cooper's Hill at Englefield Green between Windsor and Egham on the A328 (Priest Hill), 4 miles from Windsor and is well signposted as 'Air Force Memorial'.

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