Air Forces Memorial
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During the Second World War, more than 116,000 men and women of the RAF and British Commonwealth Air Forces lost their lives. Of these, more than 20,000 came from bases in the United Kingdom and have no known graves. They are commemorated at this Air Forces Memorial.
There is no admission charge, and depending on the time of day when you visit, you may be alone in this elegant Memorial. Perfect for contemplating the sacrifice made not so many years ago by these young men and women.
Names of those who gave their lives
Along the cloisters are alcoves in which are engraved the names of these brave young people. They are listed according to their Squadron. The coat of arms of the country from which they came is featured in the sky blue cloister ceiling.
It is obvious from the floral tributes left in the alcoves that many international visitors come here to pay tribute to their lost loved ones.
Views over Runnymede Meadows
From the windows at the end of the two wings of the Memorial, there is a wonderful view over the wooded slopes of Coopers Hill to Runnymede Meadows and Memorials as well as the other two memorials there - the John F Kennedy Memorial and the Magna Carta Memorial.
In the middle distance are the River Thames and Magna Carta Island. In April and May the flowering rhododendrons are a picture.
In the far distance is Heathrow Airport. Each minute or so, a large jet aircraft wings its way over Runnymede Meadows and the Memorial. Without doubt, a flying tribute from modern day civil aviation personnel to their Air Force cousins whose sacrifice is recorded here.
Air Forces Memorial Opening Hours
Open every day except 25 December and 1 January.
Winter (1 November – 31 January)
Weekdays 08:00 - 16:00 hours
Weekends & Public Holidays 10:00 - 16:00 hours
Summer (1 February – 31 October)
Weekdays 08:00 - 18:00 hours
Weekends & Public Holidays10:00 - 18:00 hours
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Getting to the RAF Memorial by Local Bus - catch No. 71 First Group bus from the stop near The Guildhall in Windsor High Street. On boarding the bus ask the driver to let you off at Coopers Hill Lane.
A 10 minute walk down Coopers Hill Lane past the sporting fields on your right. A further 5 minutes walk further on and on the left are the gates to the RAF Memorial.
Return to Windsor
There are three options available:
- The first is to retrace your steps back along Coopers Hill Lane to the route 71 bus stop and take the bus back to Windsor.
- The second option is when, after retracing the walk back along Coopers Hill Lane, on reaching the bus route on St Jude's Road (A328) walk down St Judes Road/ Priests Hill Road towards the Windsor Road roundabout at the Thames.
At this stage either turn left towards the Bells of Ouzeley Pub and maybe a bus to Windsor. Or turn right at the roundabout and head towards the Tea House in the Runnymede Meadows and visit the Magna Carta Memorials.
- And finally the most scenic - not suitable for disabled persons. From the RAF memorial gates, turn left down Coopers Hill Lane veering left past a large college on the right. Just past the college Coopers Hill Lane veers right. At that point, a gravel path leaves the road and heads downhill towards the Runnymede Meadows and the Magna Carta Memorials.
This path requires care as it is quite rough in places, however the views are well worth it. It comes out at the meadows just near the Magna Carta Memorial and the John F Kennedy Memorial.
For detailed advices on returning from the Runnymede Meadows to Windsor, go to the Runnymede Meadows and Memorials article in this website.
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