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Runnymede Mem

 The Runnymede Air Forces Memorial Entrance

 

The Air Forces Memorial, usually known as The RAF Runnymede Memorial, is situated at:

Cooper's Hill Lane, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey TW20 0LB
 

Opened in 1953, it is the location where all those without a known grave are remembered.

 


 

 

Heslington Hall is situated on University Way in south-east York.  

Hes Hall view

The Hall was built in 1598 for Sir Thomas Eynns. With modifcations made in Victorian times and also in the 20th century, it was vacated in WW2 by the family of Baron Deramore and became the Headquarters of RAF No 4 Group Bomber Command. After the war it remained unoccupied until the mid-1960s when it became the Administrative Building for the newly opened York University.

A wall plaque measuring approximately 50 cms x 30 cms on a stairwell to the right side of the main Reception area pays tribute to the personnel of the Group who made the supreme sacrifice in the air and on the ground during WW2.  

4 Gp Hes Hall

10 Squadron, based initially at Dishforth then Leeming and finally RAF Melbourne, comprised just one of the many Yorkshire 4 Group squadrons and lost some 839 aircrew during its WW2 bombing operations.

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There are numerous memorials throughout the UK, Europe and indeed other countries too, which are dedicated to the RAF personnel who lost their lives whilst serving on 10 Squadron.  Many are situated on church walls, or other prominent public places in the deceased's local hometown area, whereas some have also been erected close to known crash sites.   The images and narratives which follow are in addition to any which may appear on an individual's grave headstone.


 

RAF Melbourne. East Yorkshire

 

Melbourne Memorial 

 

THE 10 SQUADRON MEMORIAL

 

Pictured above, at the entrance to the former RAF Melbourne, Yorkshire, the 10 Squadron Memorial remains the main focus for the memory of all personnel who have lost their lives whilst serving on the Squadron, be it in peace or wartime.  A Service of Remembrance is held here annually on Remembrance Sunday.  All are welcome to attend.

 

Inauguration 1985   Melbourne Plq Text

 

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus (Gus) Walker gives his left-handed salute at the 10 Squadron War Memorial inauguration on

15 September 1985.

The Memorial was designed by architect and aviation artist Norman Appleton.  (Click on the Plaque image above to enlarge)

 

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RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire

Situated close to what was the original Main Gate of RAF Leeming (until it's redevelopment several years ago) is a memorial stone and plaque remembering all the operational flying squadrons that were based there during WW2:  10 Sqn arrived from nearby RAF Dishforth in July 1940 and left for RAF Melbourne in August 1942.

 

Leeming1    Leeming2

 

Images donated to the IBCC Memorials Project and reproduced with the kind permission of Steve Dobson     

 

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Readers may see that we now include below a continually growing list of more individual and private markers where the memories of lost ones may long be remembered.  Their plaques and memorials are separate from any individual grave inscription, if a such exists for the deceased, and most are not in the location of subsequent burial.

 

Much of the information below has come from Tony Hibberd, who is a volunteer researcher at the International Bomber Command Centre, (IBCC) Lincoln.  We are most grateful to him in allowing us to share his research.

We must also mention the Scottish Military Research Group for kindling allowing the use of some of their images.

 

If you know of any other memorials, not yet listed below, please get in touch with us.  A photograph of the general site location and another of the memorial's inscription would be much appreciated.



 

Scroll down from Here

to find memorials which are listed in the date order of aircraft loss and 

 

CLICK ON THE IMAGE OF EACH PLAQUE OR MEMORIAL BELOW

to  'Read More' in a pdf file which will then open

 

(Not all images are linked in this way: -those which are linked show a  hand 3a hand pointer when your cursor is scrolled over the memorial image)


 

 

 

Whitley:  Missing in action following the first WW2 raid to Berlin 1-2 October 1939

 

In memory of the crew of K 9018

 

K9018 plaque

 

 

Large wooden plaque held by 10 Sqn at their RAF Brize Norton HQ

 


Victor: Crash in Cyprus – 16 June 1962

 

In memory of the crew of XA 929                                      

Cottesmore Church Plaque

 

 Wooden plaque held by 10 Sqn at their RAF Brize Norton HQ


 

  

York Raceway Plaque:  in Taxiway-light Concrete Block - RAF Melbourne

 

In memory of all who lifted off at this point to engage in bombing missions during WW2                                                      (No additional pdf text link)

 

Raceway Plaque

 

Note:  This plaque is situated on Private Property

 


Whitley:  Flying Accident 23 January 1939

 

Memorial to Plt Off  Allan F.W.  MILES in the Garrison Church, Southsea, Portsmouth

 

Miles 

 TH/IBCC


 

 Whitley: Crash in Tredegar, Wales - 13 November 1940

 (No additional pdf text link)

 In memory of Sgt Peter D. GOLDSMITH pilot of VT 4232

 

Note: 

We have found, since this was first posted here, that Sgt Goldsmith was in fact the 2nd pilot on this crew and his captain was a Fg Off Peter W.F. Landale, later promoted to squadron leader rank.  Whilst Landale survived this crash and subsequently rejoined 10 Squadron, we now learn that he was later Missing in Action - possibly over the North Sea when his Whitley Z 6624 failed to return after a Hanover raid on 25/26 July 1941.  Memorials to him are to be found in his home area of Dalswinton and Kirkmahoe, Dumfries, Scotland. Having no grave he is remembered at the Runnymede Memorial.

 

Tredegar 1

 

Tredegar 2   Tredegar 3b 

 

 Plaque mounted on stone at  Parc Bryn Bach Visitor Centre

(Nth-East of Merthyr Tydfill)

TH/IBCC


 

Whitley: Crash in Schuinesloot, Netherlands  5/6 July 1941

In memory of the crew of Whitley Z 6898  (click on the image below to open pdf file)

Plt Off R. Goulding - Pilot,   Sgt R.I.H. Aird  - Gunner,    Sgt D. Morrison  - Observer,   Sgt R.H. Jordan  - Wop

Sch 1

 


 

Whitley: Missing over The North Sea off the Dutch Coast     25/66 July 1941

In memory of the pilot of Whitley Z 6624  Sqn Ldr Peter W.F. Landale DFC  

(click on the window image below to open pdf file)

 

DalChch outside

 

Dal Church

Sqn Ldr Peter W.F. Landale DFC is remembered in the stained-glass window

at Dalswinton Barony Church, Dumfries & Galloway 

 


 

 

Halifax:  Crash on Hood Hill, Sutton Bank, North Yorks   5 May 1943

     An accident in which  5 Halifax crew members were killed when their aircraft hit high ground.

 

 S B Plaque

 


 

 

Halifax:   Crashed at RAF Tangmere, West Sussex  19 November 1943

In memory of a crew who were all killed in their severely damaged Halifax, whilst attempting to land at Tangmere after a raid on Germany

Tangmere Mem 

Memorial to all the crew of Halifax HX 181 (ZA-K) whose aircraft crashed into a hangar at RAF Tangmere

(Enquire at the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum (TMAM) to access the Memorial at the edge of the old airfield, not far from the Control Tower)

A further link to the individual crew members named on the Memorial may be found here: 

Poppycross

Dedication to the Crew - read at the Memorial's Unveiling ceremony

16 August 2019

 

A small plaque shown below, in the TMAM Garden of Remembrance also remembers the crew.

Tang Plaque 

 


 

 

 REMINDER  -  

To open a subsequent article about any memorials shown, 

Click on the image of it


 

  

Halifax:  Shotdown over Ost Wippengen, Germany  27 September 1943

In memory of Sgt Ernest J. E. JARMAN, air bomber on Mk2 Halifax JD272  (click on image below)

Jarman 1

 


 

Halifax:  Missing in Action - Berlin Raid,   20 January 1944

Pilot FS Douglas Alexander ARTHUR, of Halifax JD 470 is remembered at St Timothy's Church, Slinn Street, Crookes, Sheffield.  - Missing in action with his crew, who are all  remembered at the Runnymede Memorial.

(Note:  The Squadron records Douglas Arthur as a flight sergeant at the time of his last flight, whereas this memorial plaque in St Timothy's lists him as a sergeant. He was the son of John and Edith Arthur of Liversedge, Yorks.)

Sheff Crookes FS Arthur 

Sheff Crookes St Tim

Images courtesy: Mark Hanson

  Sheff Jan 1944 Berlin


  

Halifax:  Shot down near Perles, Aisne, France  29 June 1944

            In memory of Sgt Jonathan Cuffey. 

This memorial must be unique in that a street is named after a 10 Sqn tail gunner who lost his life when his aircraft crashed near Perles in France in June 1944.  Sgt J. Cuffey was the only one on his crew to lose his life and he is buried near the Perles village church, where he is remembered every year on Memorial Day (8 May).  Click on the image below to read the story.

Cuffey Street


 

 

Halifax: Mid-Air Collision - Taillette, France  17-18 December 1944

In memory of the crews of Halifaxes LV 818 & NP 699 (432 Sqn)

 

Taillette Village Plaque

Taillette Village War Memorial  


 OC 10 Sqn (1942) - Plymouth Hoe Memorial, Devon - Don Bennettt (1910 - 1986)

 In his then rank of a wing commander in 1942, Air Vice Marshal D.C.T. Bennett CB, CBE, DSO, commanded No 10 Squadron at RAF Leeming.  On leaving the Squadron he formed the renowned 'Pathfinder Force' of No 8 Gp, Bomber Command. 

His ashes rest beneath the Plymouth Hoe Memorial commemorating RAF losses from 1939 - 1945.

 

 Bennett Plymouth Hoe

Bennetts Ashes

 

 

THE BOMBER COMMAND MEMORIAL

in Green Park, London was inaugurated by

      Her Majesty The Queen

on Thursday 28 June 2012

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" The Crew "

In memory of the 55,573 who gave their lives

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The Memorial's Bomber Command Crest 

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 A total of 156 aircraft from 10 Squadron were lost on WW2 operations

comprising 47 Whitleys and 109 Halifaxes.

839 aircrew men from 10 Squadron were killed on active flying service between

September 1939 and December 1945. 

This figure includes the deaths of POWs and casualties from flying training accidents, but it does not include victims of non-flying accidents or deaths from natural causes. 

839 ......... out of 55,573 

Between September 1939 and May 1945, the Squadron earned 523 awards, including ,

9 DSOs,  333 DFCs  and  173 DFMs. 

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