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RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

  • Country United Kingdom
  • Total identified casualties 20275 Find these casualties
  • Region Surrey
  • Casualties from Second World War
  • GPS Coordinates Latitude: 51.43804, Longitude: -0.56503

Please note

Please note this site is now open between 9:00am-16:00pm, unfortunately access to the tower is closed until further notice.

CWGC would like to inform visitors to Runnymede RAF Memorial, that there is a contractor onsite carrying out a Renovation Project, working within the cloister inside of the memorial.

This work will limit access to the panels whilst they carry out the project, the restriction will move around the cloisters as they complete the work on the ceiling panels. The work will be completed by 28th Aug 2020.

Location information

This Memorial overlooks the River Thames on Cooper's Hill at Englefield Green between Windsor and Egham on the A308, 4 miles from Windsor.

Visiting information

The Memorial is open every day except Christmas Day and New Years Day, as follows:

1 November - 31 March:

Weekdays: 09.00 - 16.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner

Weekends & Public Holidays: 10.00 - 16.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner

1 April - 31 October:

Weekdays: 09.00 - 18.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner

Weekends & Public Holidays: 10.00 - 18.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner

Disabled badge holders may use the on site parking area in front of the memorial. All other visitors requiring parking are asked to make use of the public car park some 200 yards from the memorial on Coopers Hill Lane.

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History information

The Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede commemorates by name over 20,000 men and women of the air forces, 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.

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. The Memorial was unveiled by The Queen on 17 October 1953.