Runnymede Air Forces Memorial

The memorial at Runnymede is where two hundred and eighteen members of 49 Squadron RAF are remembered as they have no known grave.
Over the years the original number has reduced as crash sites are discovered and crew remains identified.

A short video of the Runnymede Memorial

 

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Photographs by Malcolm Brooke and Jo Cockburn

Photographs by Malcolm Brooke and Jo Cockburn

Photographs by Malcolm Brooke and Jo Cockburn

Photographs by Malcolm Brooke and Jo Cockburn

Photographs by Malcolm Brooke and Jo Cockburn

Photographs by Malcolm Brooke and Jo Cockburn

Photographs by Malcolm Brooke and Jo Cockburn

Photographs by Malcolm Brooke and Jo Cockburn

Photographs by Malcolm Brooke and Jo Cockburn

Photographs by Malcolm Brooke and Jo Cockburn

Photographs by Malcolm Brooke and Jo Cockburn

Photographs by Malcolm Brooke and Jo Cockburn

Each crew member's name has been photographed and added to their page

THE UNSEEN WATCHERS OF RUNNYMEDE

In silent splendour here it stands
With graven names from many lands
For these there are no known graves
Some rest beneath the ocean waves
Some lie unknown in other lands
In jungle ways and desert sands

 

And so to Runnymede each year
We wend our way from far and near
In tribute to the ones who died
We come in sadness but in pride
These are the men who at the call
Went forth to war and gave their all

But while we stand to place and post
There comes, unheard, a mighty host
Of unseen watchers, there they stand
And join with us in Brother band
We may not see, we may not hear
But yet we feel their presence near

And when that moving hour has gone
This thought; this feeling lingers on
They gave their lives, their hopes, their fears
Let us remember through the years
And join with heart and hand and deed
The Unseen Watchers of Runnymede

(Anon)

The names of the 218 are shown below. Click on a name to go to their page

The names of 53 ex-49Sqn aircrew are shown below (they were killed flying with another unit)

ACKER James G
ANNETT Hughie
BAILEY Ronald
BALL Peter A
BARNETT Edwin A
BELL George
BENTLEY Joseph H
BIRKS Frederick R
CARTER Donovan Y
COHEN David I
CRISP John L
CUNNINGHAM James C
ELDER Thomas W
FERN JOHN ST K
FORSYTH Douglas S
FOWLER Joseph A
FOWLIE William A
FRY Frederick G
GODDARD Alan A F
GUMBLEY Bernard A
HACKNEY Thomas G
HALLS Leslie O
HARSLEY James H S
HASKELL Walter R
HILES Waldo H B
HOLMES Joseph S
HUNTLY-WOOD Ian M
KING Maurice H
KING Reginald A J
KOMAIKO William K
LAMB Neville P J
LEGGOTT George
MACKAY Phillip S
McLOUGHLIN George
MICHIE James B
MIDDLETON Rowland
MILLAR Kenneth R G
MONAGHAN Eric S
MORRIS James W
PAGE Kenneth J
PAYNE Leslie F
PEARCE Maurice E
PENNELLS Robert H
REYNOLDS James C
RILEY John L
SAMUEL William C
SCHOFIELD Robert H
SMITH Arnold G
VINCENT Norman D J
WALKER Athony D Q
WALKER Jesse H
WEST Arthur R E
WILLIAMS William K
WOODWARD William