The quote in red on this website states 4,000 Australians commemorated at Runnymede which I did see when I was starting my project nearly four years ago. Seeing it again the other day and I am quite puzzled.
467 463 RAAF SQUADRONS HISTORY Good afternoon, and welcome to the Squadron's History.
Several thousand Australians joined the RAAF during World War II and went to a war so far away from their home and loved one's.
They came from the land, from sheep stations, factories, offices, cities, country towns, and brought with them that unique sense of humor and devoted mateship that is the fierce pride of the Australian Warrior.
The Runnymeade Memorial in England commemorates over 4,000 Australian Aviators who paid the Ultimate Price to win that war. This is a disturbing figure, not only by its magnitude but by its obscurity. Many Australians today are not aware of the thousands of young Australian men who took part in the Battles in the Skies over Europe during WWII, one of Australia's greatest and deadliest commitments to battle.
As a nation we are not aware of what these men suffered, what demands were placed on them, and how bravely they continued the tradition of The ANZACS, not on the ground, but in the freezing skies above Europe.
It is sad to note that the Australian Men who fought in Bomber Command WWII, each and every one a hero, have been dealt obscurity by this great nation. This site has been created to Honour the men, the boys that left home and became old men at 30, to Honour those that flew in Bomber Command, and to Honour the Aviators and support crews of
RAAF 467 463 SQUADRONS
My Figures show 1464 of which 68 are Australians in the RAF listed as UK.
Therefore RAAF / Australians should show 1396.
Although my list is only 39-45 there are only a few 46-47 which are Runnymede.
Have I made an error?
My search for Australian/Runnymede = 1383 (close enough)
My search Australia/Royal Australian Air Force/Runnymede = 0
Edited by spidge, 19 February 2011 - 05:06 AM.