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Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede.

The approach to the memorial
One of the cloisters
The quad, with tower and altar stone.


A memorial to more than 20,000 aircrew of the Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Air Forces who died in the second world war and who have no known grave. It takes the form of a quadrangle of cloisters, approached by a long drive leading to three arches, opposite the main tower. The names of the aircrew are inscribed on tablets lining the walls of the cloisters.

The tower contains a beautiful, engraved glass window overlooking the Thames valley and Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was signed by King John in 1215.

The memorial itself was designed by Edward Maufe, with the engraved glass windows in the tower by John Hutton and was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on 11th October 1953.


Runnymede, near Windsor, Berkshire, UK. February 2005.

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