To honour Black History Month, RAF personnel attended the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede to honour those 20,458 Servicemen and women of the Commonwealth Air Forces who lost their lives during operations in the Second World War and who have no named graves.
During the very moving ceremony, a wreath was laid on behalf of the Commonwealth Air Forces by Air Recruit Chesney.
It has been an honour to represent the Royal Air Force and lay the commemorative wreath today. It is a wonderful site and this has been a great way to end an important month of reflection.
Air Recruit Chesney
It was particularly poignant for Air Recruit Withers whose great uncle was one of the named servicemen at the memorial. She was proud to deliver a moving tribute to her relative reminding us all of the sacrifices made by so many.
The Memorial was designed by Edward Maufe and was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in October 1953.