The generations teamed up when Air Force veterans and cadets took part in a poignant celebration of the RAF's 100th anniversary at the Runnymede Memorial on Monday.

The event at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Runnymede Air Forces Memorial on Cooper's Hill, Englefield Green, was part of an international series of events marking the centenary.

Veterans, cadets and a team of RAF personnel running in the 100-day RAF100 Baton Relay joined a sunset ceremony led by Katy Harrison, the chaplain of 459 (Windsor) Squadron RAF Air Cadets.

Before the ceremony, new members of 459 Squadron were inducted in the hallowed walls of the memorial, where heroes such as Noor Inayat Khan are remembered.

Miss Khan was a Women’s Auxiliary Air Force servicewoman and secret agent, captured in France and executed by the Gestapo.

Veteran Bob Barwise said: “My career in the RAF, the future of the Air Force, the youngsters who will join and the cadets mean a lot to me. I am glad that the baton has come here, the spiritual home of the Royal Air Force. There are 20,000 plus names on the walls here including air cadets.”

Annalise Wicks, a Cadet Flight Sergeant in 459 Squadron said “This place is pretty amazing and it is a great experience for everyone to be here. I was surprised to hear there were four air cadets’ names on the memorial. It makes me feel quite proud to be in such an amazing organisation.”

Having run the baton 18 miles from Aldershot, RAF Flight Sergeant Jay Ferguson led the runners into the memorial. He said: “We brought the baton to Runnymede as part of the baton relay, for the significance of the site and to commemorate those who went before us and made the ultimate sacrifice for us to be here today. The baton is visiting 100 key RAF locations and many more with significance to the RAF.”

The Runnymede Memorial adjoins Windsor - where Sir Sydney Camm, the man who invented the Hawker Hurricane that played such a role in the last war grew up.

Many of the planes he developed were built at Parlaunt Farm in Langley.