Completed in 2017, the memorial in the Middle Wallop Army Aviation Centre is the only memorial to those who have died during service of British Army flying. Located next to the airfield and the Army Flying Museum, it is a powerfully expressive reminder of the sacrifice many have made for over 100 years.
Middle Wallop, a small village in Hampshire, has been a military air force base since the 1940s. Originally used for training new pilots in 1940, it was soon being used in the defence of the skies during the Battle of Britain, as well as defence against the Blitz. Initially belonging to the RAF, it was later used by the Royal Navy and the United States Air Force, until it was transferred to the Army Air Corps in the 1950s. Now known as the Army Aviation Centre, it is used for training personnel in both planes and helicopters.
The airfield sits next to the A343 main road between Salisbury and Andover, so it is quite common to have aircraft passing overhead as you drive along the road. The Army Flying War Memorial is in a small field next to the Army Flying Museum, where visitors can park for free.
From the car park a pathway leads to the circular memorial at the end, where the names of over 5000 pilots are inscribed. Along the pathway are a number of previously existing memorials to men who lost their lives in aviation. These memorials have been relocated here, and serve as a ‘processional route’. Opposite each of these memorials is a bench, for visitors to sit in q