On the south bank of the river Thames, on Albert Embankment, on the opposite side of the road to Lambeth Palace is a memorial to the Special Operations Executive (SOE) agents.
The memorial consits of a bust of Violette Szabo on a stone plinth. The front panel contains the following text.
“The Special Operations Executives was secretly formed for the purpose of recruiting agents, men and women of many nationalities, who would volunteer to continue the fight for freedom, by performing acts of sabotage in countries occupied by the enemy during the Second World War. This monument is in honour of all courageous SOE agents: those who did survive and those who did not survive their perilous missions. Their services were beyond the call of duty. In the pages of history their names are carved with pride.”
Violette Szabo is one of four women to have been directly awarded the George Cross for gallantry. My article about the four women who have been awarded the George Cross can be found at http://www.stephen-stratford.com/women_gcs.htm
On 1 March 2017, St. David’s Day, I made a visit to the Royal Air Force Museum’s Hendon location.
As can be seem from the photograph, the car park has all but disappeared.
The museum’s advice, stated on their web site, strongly recommends public transport. I took the No. 303 bus from Mill Hill Broadway rail station.
Once you arrive at the main entrance you are then directed along a well-marked walkway. The Echo-Alpha-Tango Restaurant has been demolished and replaced with an expanded Wessex Cafe (in its usual place). The Battle of Britain hanger, which also contained the Sunderland flying-boat, is closed and its aircraft distributed throughout the remaining buildings; except the Sunderland which is too big to move. It was covered in orange plastic sheeting, while remaining in the hanger.
All the work is being done, to provide new and expanded facilities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Air Force, which is 1st April 2018.
It’s still an excellent museum and well worth visiting.