Royal air force ranks 1940
Southern Rhodesian-born Airmen in the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force during World War One. 1916-1919. By. Ross Dix-Peek. Almost One-Hundred years- ago, during the First World War (1914-1919), Rhodesian-born airmen were already to be found serving in the Royal Flying Corps (R.F.C.), and later the Royal Air Force (R.A.F.).
[DOC File]Battle of Britain
A British Force was sent to help the Norwegians, but the Allied Forces were outnumbered and quickly overwhelmed. Worse was to come. On 10 May 1940, Germany attacked Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg and France. Twelve fighter squadrons of Royal Air Force were based in France, the only truly modern fighter forces available to the Allies.
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German planes flew raids throughout the summer of 1940 and into the fall. They attacked British ships, ports, airfields, radar stations, and industrial centers. To counter this onslaught, the British sent up the fighter pilots of the Royal Air Force (RAF) in an engagement known as the Battle of Britain.
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In the summer and fall of 1940, German and British air forces clashed in the skies over the United Kingdom, locked in the largest sustained bombing campaign to that date. ... the Battle of Britain ended when Germany’s Luftwaffe failed to gain air superiority over the Royal Air Force despite months of targeting Britain’s air bases, military ...
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The operation continued as the perimeter around the port began to shrink and the Royal Air Force battled to keep German aircraft away from the embarkation areas. Hitting its stride, the evacuation effort began to peak as 47,310 men were rescued on May 29, followed by 120,927 over the next two days.
Lance Wade: World War II RAF Ace Fighter Pilot
As expected, I did not find Lance C. Wade listed in the American aces of World War II, nor in the listing of RAF aces. But then I spotted a footnote at the bottom of a page: "This list does not contain one of the Royal Air Force's greatest fighter aces, Lance C. Wade, an American who volunteered in 1940 to fly and fight for England."
[DOC File]WW2 Roll of Honour
He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in February 1941 and was posted to the U.K. in March 1942, joining No 106 Squadron RAF, based at RAF Syerston, as a flight engineer the following year. On the night of 1 May 1943, the Lancaster in which he was flying took off bound for Essen but was shot down over Wulfen on the east bank of the River Wient.
[DOC File]Battle of Britain
To oppose these forces, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) could muster no more than about 600 Hurricane and Spitfire fighters. Outnumbered as they were, these were excellent planes, and they were manned by superbly trained, highly skilled, and extraordinarily motivated pilots under the command of the venerable air chief marshall Hugh Dowding.
The Royal Air Force adopted this Army piece and tradition of playing it during Colour and Standard ceremonies. The Parachute Regiment Sir Edward Elgar intended to write six marches under the collective heading "Pomp and Circumstance", but after composing the first four between 1901 and 1907 and the fifth in 1930 the set was never completed.
On the whole, the British air force was ill-prepared. The government did well in making plans for new aircraft but they were delayed too long. Apart from the Navy, both the army and the Royal Air Force were much smaller than Germany’s, putting Britain at a disadvantage. Germany had 2800 front line planes whereas Britain had fewer than 1000.
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