News Latest News BOOKS AND ARTICLES: FEAF Eastward: A history of the RAF in the Far East 1945-1972 ACM Sir David Lee HMSO, 1984 Hardback... Read More HISTORICAL NOTES: FEAF Read More BOOKS AND ARTICLES: MEAF Wings in the Sun: A history of the RAF in the Mediterranean 1945-1985 ACM Sir David Lee HMSO, 1989 Hardback 265pp Flight from the Middle East: RAF in the Arabian Peninsula and adjacent territories 1945-1972 ACM Sir David Lee Ai Historical Branch, 1978 Hardback... Read More HISTORICAL NOTES: MEAF Read More Coastal Command: Books and Articles Coastal Command 1936-1969 Chris Ashworth PSL, 1992 Hardback 255pp Coastal Command Losses 1939-1941 Ross McNeill Midland, 2003 Softback... Read More Coastal Command: Historical Notes Read More No.205 Group: Books and Articles Bombers Over Sand and Snow: 205 Group RAF in World War II Alun Granfield Pen & Sword, 2011 Hardback 384pp It’s Dicey Flying Wimpeys Around Italian Skies Maurice Lihou Air Research, 1992 Hardback 221... Read More No.205 Group: Historical Notes Read More Bomber Command: Books and Articles RAF Bomber Command 1936-1968: An Operational & Historical Record Ken Delve Pen & Sword, 2005 Hardback, 256pp Bomber Command War Diaries Martin Middlebrook / Chris Everitt Viking, 1987 Hardback 804pp Bomber Command Losses Vol 1 1939-1940 WR Chorley Midland,... Read More Bomber Command: Historical Notes Read More Latest Badges St Andrews UAS Awarded: Blazon: A Saltire Argent fimbriated Azure interlaced with a Mascle Or Link: This squadron of St Andrews’ University adopted as its badge his Cross together with a Mascle taken from the Arms attributed to Bishop Wardlaw who founded this university in the... Read More Nicosia Awarded: April 1961 Blazon: In front of Wings conjoined in base Or a Lion couchant guardant Gules Link: This unit, being located in Cyprus, chose as its badge a Lion – an emblem long associated with the Island since the Venetian period – and also to symbolise that the... Read More Krendi (Qrendi) Awarded: June 1944 Blazon: In front of a Maltese Cross Argent Gules a Phoenix Or Link: The Maltese Cross is in reference to the location. The phoenix symbolises the establishment of the station on the site of a ‘shadow’ aerodrome. Motto: Latin: Ad... Read More No.1312 Flight Awarded: August 2002 Blazon: An Upland Goose in flight proper Link: The Upland Goose was chosen to symbolise 1312 Flight for a number of reasons; first, it is a large bird with an association with the larger aircraft types flown by the flight, the Hercules and VC10... Read More No.84 Group Awarded: September 1946 Blazon: A Beaver sejant Gules holding in the forepaws an Astral Crown Or Link: The Group was formed first to work with the Second British Army and in 1944 worked with the First Canadian Army. As the HQ was formed at Oxford, a beaver has been... Read More Stornoway Awarded: February 1845 Blazon: In front of a Beacon fired a dexter Hand grasping another in fesse Link: The function of this station is guiding aircraft flying over Stornoway from America to their bases in the south and the badge is indicative of that function.... Read More Bovingdon Awarded: May 1966 Blazon: In front of a Beech Tree issuant from a grassy Mount a Hart’s Head caboshed Link: The station is located in Hertfordshire and has adopted a hart’s head because this is associated with this county. The beech tree is introduced to... Read More RAF Benevolent Fund Blazon: On a Roundel Azure within an Annulet Argent edged Or inscribed ROYAL AIR FORCE BENEVOLENT FUND in letters also Or all within a Wreath of Laurel also Or ensigned by a representation of the Royal Crown proper and at the base a scroll Or inscribed THE DEBT WE OWE... Read More 318 (Gdanski) Squadron History: Formed at Detling on 20 March 1943 equipped with Hurricanes and left for the Middle East in August to take part in training with the Polish Army, converting to Spitfires in February 1944. In April 1944 it moved to Italy to fly ground attack missions in... Read More 317 (Wilenski) Squadron History: Formed at Acklington on 22 February 1941 equipped with Hurricanes, becoming operational in March. Moving south in June to take part in sweeps and bomber escort missions over France, it converted to Spitfires in October 1941 and joined other Polish units at... Read More Articles: Click the image to go to the list of articles The articles section of the website contains a selection of short articles on aviation topics, primarily connected with RAF units and their histories.