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The Air Forces Memorial Runnymede

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The Air Forces Memorial Runnymede

IN REMEMBRANCE We honour and care for the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring they will never be forgotten. Funded by six Member Governments, our work began with building, and now maintaining, cemeteries at 23,000 locations all over the world. ©Battle of Britain Monument Wing Commander Alois Vašátko Alois Vašátko, nicknamed ‘The Great Amos’, was a Czechoslovakian officer. Born in 1908, after the invasion of his home country, he fought with the French Air Force and became a fighter ace. Following the fall of France in 1940, he joined the Royal Air Force and was promoted to lead the Czechoslovak fighter Wing. Alois was killed in action during a dog-fight over the English Channel in 1942. Commemorated on Panel 64. Today, over a century after we first began, our work continues through our staff, supporters and volunteers who preserve our unique cultural, horticultural and architectural heritage and ensure that the stories of those who died are told. Download our App and find CWGC sites of remembrance near you. Find out more about our charitable foundation at : foundation.cwgc.org THE AIR FORCES MEMORIAL RUNNYMEDE Section Officer Noor Inayat-Khan ©IWM HU 74868 Noor Inayat-Khan was born in Moscow in 1914 to a Muslim family at the forefront of the movement to bring Sufism to the West. She grew up in London, then Paris. When the German army invaded France in May 1940, Noor escaped to Britain. In 1940 Noor enlisted in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and trained as a wireless operator. In 1943 she was recruited into the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and became the first female wireless operator sent into occupied France. Noor was arrested by the Gestapo in 1943. After making two attempts to escape, she was kept in solitary confinement for ten months in a German prison, before being sent to Dachau concentration camp where she was killed at the age of 30. Commemorated on Panel 243. Volunteer with us Find out more at: www.cwgc.org/our-work/volunteer/ Contact us: For enquiries, please visit: www.cwgc.org/contact-us www.cwgc.org DISCOVER LEARN REMEMBER Hurricane fighter being rearmed by RAF ground crew at North Weald, February 1941 ©IWM CH2530 RAF Lancaster Bombers in formation over Germany, 1945 ©IWM TR 1156

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