Military History Tours On Tour - RAAF in the UK 2 July 2010
After a couple of days gathering in London we were met by our 49 seat executive coach provided by Addison-Lee and driven by Martin Featherstone. We left the hotel and headed to Runnymede where we viewed the Air Forces Memorial. The memorial has 20,000 names on its panels for those Commonwealth Airmen and Airwomen who were lost during the war but who have no known grave.
We had a small ceremony beneath panel 248 which had a relative of one of our travellers, Judith Walsh engraved on it. It was a moving ceremony with Colin Percival reading a special prayer before Judith laid a small wreath of poppies.
Following the ceremony we moved to Biggin Hill where the Headquarters of the Battle of Britain was located. Jim Whittem was asked to sign a couple, lots, of special photographs for the Chapels collection.
The afternoon was spent at the Brooklands Museum, where the Vickers Wellington, 2500, were built during the war. This in fact was the airfield from where the first flight (1907), in the UK was taken.
The site also has wonderful collection of old cars and racing cars. The banked track from the original racing track is still there. The area near the museum is where the Mercedes Benz company has a major marketing centre.