Air Forces Memorial
Air Forces Memorial
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede commemorates by name over 20,000 airmen who were lost in the Second World War during operations from bases in the United Kingdom and North and Western Europe, and who have no known graves. They served in Bomber, Fighter, Coastal, Transport, Flying Training and Maintenance Commands, and came from all parts of the Commonwealth. Some were from countries in continental Europe which had been overrun but whose airmen continued to fight in the ranks of the Royal Air Force. This Memorial overlooks the River Thames on Cooper's Hill at Englefield Green between Windsor and Egham on the A308, 4 miles from Windsor.
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emuslushy
London, UK399 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
A very touching and poignant memorial to those 20,000 plus Second World War Airmen who have no known grave.

This is a very simple memorial, but is overwhelming in its size and what each of the names of those lost represent. The ceiling is painted in some places with appropriate "murals/images".

It was very touching to see that tributes were still being left to this day by family members.

You can climb to the top of the memorial for a view over Windsor and Heathrow.

Parking available in Coopers Hill nearby, or you can walk up to it from the Runnymede National Trust area, if you are feeling energetic!!

Do not miss this memorial.
Written 13 March 2024
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Lee821974
Hook, UK277 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
We stumbled upon this by pure accident to be honest and so glad we did.
My late father was in the RAF and this really made you think about how lucky we ALL are that we have what we have and we are who we are. In fact it actually bought a few tears to my eyes.
Beautifully kept and a little lesson in history.
Definitely a place to visit and pay some respects.
Places like this make me proud to be British.
Written 13 September 2020
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royden h
Englefield Green, UK238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I went to the AIR FORCES MEMORIAL with my wife over the Christmas holiday period.
We love the peace & calmness there, plus the views from the tower & beautifully kept gardens surrounding this memorial site We've been there many times, taking our two son's when they were children & recently our six year old grandson who found it very interesting. Reading about all the young lives lost through pointless wars is so very sad & so important that these brave souls must be remembered for giving their lives for others..
Written 4 January 2020
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AF_review
Surrey108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Solo
The Air Forces Memorial is a must see for anyone visiting the Runnymede area. I visit frequently and continue to feel moved by the remarkable bravery and sacrifices made in order that we can enjoy peace and freedom. Situated on top of Coopers Hill, looking out over the River Thames, The Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede commemorates by name over 20,000 airmen who were lost in the Second World War during operations from bases in the United Kingdom and North and Western Europe, and who have no known graves. They served in Bomber, Fighter, Coastal, Transport, Flying Training and Maintenance Commands, and came from all parts of the Commonwealth. Some were from countries in continental Europe which had been overrun but whose airmen continued to fight in the ranks of the Royal Air Force. It is an impressive and fitting monument and affords excellent views out over the surrounding countryside, including the Thames and Windsor Castle.
Written 10 April 2012
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Jannerbloke
Plymouth, UK13,225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011
The British do these things well. No pomp, just peaceful, eloquent and entirely appropriate. If you are in this area then it is worth an hour or two up here.
Written 3 March 2012
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Michael N
Slough, UK15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Friends
I found it a very moving experience to wander around and read the plaques, and pay silent tribute to those who sacrificed so much for those of us a generation after their youthful demise!
Written 7 April 2013
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Ray
Staines, UK798 contributions
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Apr 2021
War memorials tend to be small statue like monuments but this one is generously spacious to accommodate more than 20000 names of those airmen who are probably not even buried anywhere. I never had any wartime experience nor anyone I know served in any war. But seeing the name of someone you know who died in a war must be an emotional experience.
Written 27 April 2021
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Steven S
Slough, UK180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
If it wasn’t for the planes flying out of Heathrow directly overhead in some instances.....
OK, I accept this is a fact of life with the memorial being so close to Heathrow, however, and it pains me to say this, I attend the 2 traditional services held here every year and without fail, the services are regularly interrupted by planes overhead making it impossible to hear what is being said. That leads me into another point as despite there being a PA system in place it is still not enough to almost everyone in attendance to hear what is being said. Either it doesn’t work or the volume is so ridiculously low that it’s pointless to have in the first place. And it’s not a new thing, it happens at almost every service. I’m completely baffled, as it never seems to change from service to service. I’m not sure who sets it up, but they need to test it out before use.

So, 2 specific things I need to gripe about:
1: The planes out of Heathrow. Is it not beyond the wit of man, or the organisers in this instance to ask Heathrow Air Traffic Control to divert some planes away from the Runnymede Memorial site when the 2 annual services take place (for about 30 mins)? Out of respect, apart from anything else.
2: Whoever sets up the PA to actually make sure it’s fit for purpose and works?

Despite that, this is the most wonderful memorial to visit. Everyone should visit it at least once in their lives. It is incredibly peaceful (except for that annoying Heathrow traffic) and reminds us all that over 20000 people from mostly Commonwealth countries, with no known grave lost their lives and are immortalised by name here. It is moving to see that descendants or other descendants/relatives (often from overseas) of those listed continue to visit in memory, and leave something behind for others to know that they are still remembered. I have read so many moving tributes over the years that almost every visit always reduces me to tears from reading at least one of these, often more.

For details of the 2 annual services held here, see the CWGC website. Traditionally, the main RAF one is held in May (2nd Sunday usually) and the other traditional Remembrance service is held on the 2nd Sunday in November.
Go visit and honour those who sacrificed their lives for us.
Written 14 May 2018
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k0malj0shi
Egham, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017
Very nice place to visit. Calm peaceful reflective I would encourage any one to come here and immerse themselves in saluting the brave and reflect
Written 6 September 2017
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melanie701
West Sussex, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
This is a really lovely place to visit if you are in the area. We park in the car park nearby so a short walk to the memorial grounds and another short walk to the actual memorial. There are also steps to the various floors so, if you have people with you who find walking difficullt, I would recommend you drop them off at the gate. There is a wonderfully peaceful ambience here and very pleasant to sit on a sunny day. You will need a box of tissues to hand while reading the notes left by family members and the view from the top is unexpectedly thrilling, with Windsor Castle clearly in view and London in the distance.
Written 13 March 2017
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