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Wing Tips

Roger Day’s memorial sculpture on Reigate Hill

An opening on Reigate Hill marks the spot where a B-17 Plane crashed on Monday 19 March 1945. All nine of the USAAF crew were tragically killed on their return route to Northamptonshire from Germany.

This memorial sculpture at the accident site was dedicated to the airmen on the 70th anniversary of the crash and was created by sculptor Roger Day. Made of ancient Surrey oak, the two pieces of the memorial are spaced the same distance apart as the aircraft’s wing tips, and are made to the exact dimensions. Buried deep in the sculpture is molten metal, recovered from the crash site and now forming part of the memorial itself.

About the Artist

Roger Day is a Surrey based wood sculptor creating site specific public artwork and seating. You can see more of his work here:


Reigate Hill, RH2 9LS
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Plan your visit

Wing Tips can be found on the North Downs Way between Reigate Fort and the Inglis Memorial. It is a 15 minute walk from the National Trust Margery Lane Car Park, KT20 7EJ.
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