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Royal Air Force

Formed on 1 April 1918, The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the UK's aerial warfare force. The RAF has undertaken support, combat and reconnaissance roles in conflict since 1918, and continues to do so today.


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  • No 464 Squadron

    No 464 Squadron

    Formed on 1 September 1942 and equipped with Lockheed Ventura light bombers. Assigned to 2 Group of Bomber Command, the squadron undertook tactical Ramrod and Flying Circus operations to destroy and engage enemy fighters. ...

  • No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...

  • No 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...

  • No 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    'On 1 August 1941, No. 133 reformed at Coltishall as the third 'Eagle' Squadron manned by American personnel. Equipped with Hurricanes it became operational at the end of September. The next month the Squadron moved to Northern Ireland, returning to...

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  • Harry Abrin

    Military | Electrical Engineer
    Harry Leo Abrin was an Electrical Engineer with 45 Group RAF Ferry Command. He was the son of George and Rebecca Abrin, and husband of Bernice M. Abrin. ...

  • Horace Bowley-Booth

    Aircraftman 2nd Class, 1816282. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 21. Son of Horace and Audrey E. Bowley-Booth, of Birch Cross, Staffordshire, England. ...

  • Thomas Calderhead

    Aircraftman 2nd Class, 1573752. Royal Air Force Volunteer Re-serve. Age 20. Son of John and Jessie Wallace Calderhead, of Methil, Fife, Scotland. ...

  • Henry Chappell

    Military | Sergeant | RAF - Mid-upper Gunner
    Henry Chappel evaded capture after being shot down in Lancaster Bomber LL787. He subsequently joined the French Resistance and fought alongside William A. Kray of the USAAF, who had also evaded capture after being shot down. These two airmen, “evaders"...

  • Derek Clandillon

    Leading Aircraftman, 1394558. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 19. Son of Mrs. F. D. Clandillon, of Seven Kings, Essex, England. ...

  • John Clay

    Leading Aircraftman, 1395220. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 19. Son of Maj. and Mrs. Percy G. Clay, of Southall, Middlesex, England. ...

  • Roger Crosskey

    Leading Aircraftman, 1315702. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 20. Son of Dr. John Henry Crosskey and Evelyn Margaret Crosskey, of Edgbaston, Birming-ham, Warwickshire, England. ...

  • Aleksander Gabszewicz

    Military | General | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Aleksander Gabszewicz joined the Polish Army in 1931, he trained as a pilot and joined the Air Wing of the Polish Defence Corps. He claimed his first aerial victory on 1 September 1939 during the invasion of Poland, some have suggested this was the...

  • Bolesław Gladych

    Military | Squadron Leader | Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Gladych was commissioned into the Polish Air Force on 1 September 1939, too late to see active service during the invasion of Poland, he escaped to Romania, and eventually France where he joined the Armee de l'Air. After reaching the UK in 1940, he...

  • Michael Hinds

    Aircraftman 2nd Class, 1675666. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 20. Son of Michael and Anne Hinds, of Burnopfield, Co. Durham England. Crashed in landing overshoot after pull-up in SW quadrant of Riddle Field.

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  • 42-52731 Mike- Spirit of LSU

    B-24 Liberator
    Delivered to Britain by Alfred M Sanders who named the aircraft after Louisiana State University's mascot, Mike the tiger (Mike I). The aircraft was never used by the USAAF in combat and was later transferred to RAF service.




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