Fleet Air Arm Memorial (Daedalus)

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Victoria Embankment Gardens

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Allegory (eg: Victory)
  • Metal Bronze
  • Stone Portland stone
Lettering: Unknown
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
  • Falklands Conflict (1982)
  • Gulf Conflict (1990-1991)
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
About the memorial: Fleet Air Arm memorial unveiled on 1 June 2000 by Prince Charles. Between the River Thames and MOD building. Bronze figure of Daedalus, on Portland stone column.----------------------------------------------------------------- Westminster Walk: The Fleet Air Arm was formed in 1924 as part of the Royal Air Force having evolved out of the joining of the Royal Naval Air Service and British Army’s Royal Flying Corp in 1918. During the 2nd World War the Fleet Air Arm operated fighters, bombers and reconnaissance aircraft in waters around the UK and into the Atlantic. Around a third of those who died have no graves except for the sea. Daedalus, in the Greek legend, created wings to escape from King Minos of Crete, but lost his son when he flew too close to the sun and his wings melted, Icarus plunged into the sea. Butler, the sculptor, described the statue “ I wanted Daedalus to appear mighty, strong and capable, a man yet half a machine …He must have an air of tragedy…mourning the death of his colleagues…his head slightly bowed….there are suggestions of crucifixion which signal the sacrifice of brave men and women.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Route: Proceed further to find Korean memorial. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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