Campaign for WWII memorial at Greenham Common airbase
- 22 November 2010
- From the section Berkshire
Campaigners in Berkshire are trying to raise £25,000 to erect a memorial to US troops based at Greenham Common during World War II.
The site was a major US airforce base, with thousands of US troops stationed there in the run-up to D-Day.
The Royal British Legion in Newbury wants a memorial to honour everyone who died while based there.
The site stopped being used for military operations in 1992 and is now a nature reserve and business park.
The Royal British Legion has been selling a book about Greenham Common's time as an airbase to raise the funds for the memorial.
Keith Williams, of Royal British Legion, said: "If you walked through Newbury today and you stopped the average person in the street and said Greenham Common - they say: 'Oh yes, peace women'.
"They don't even remember the lads that paid the ultimate sacrifice, who left here, went over to France and that was their last landing place and their last resting place."
There is already a memorial to the victims of a Horsa glider crash in WWII.
Greenham Common also housed nuclear weapons, which famously sparked protests in the 1980s.