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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 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...

  • 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. ...

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  • 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"...

  • Jay Musler

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    American RAF bomber pilot based in England 1942-1943.

  • William Taylor

    Military | Pilot Officer | Pilot
    Joined RAF, assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF. Whilst piloting Spitfire BM305, hit by ground fire on Rhubarb mission and abandoned 20 miles off Blankenberg 31-8-42. Killed in action (KIA).




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