What’s it about? The Royal Air Force may be the youngest of the three-armed services but its near century-old history ranks amongst the finest annals of our national heritage. The sacrifice, skill & bravery of those who have worn 'light blue' in many forms are legendary. It is therefore vital that the tens of thousands of men & women who have given the RAF its world-renowned reputation should not be over-shadowed by the aircraft they have flown in or supported on the ground.
In the decade before World War One the race was on for man to take flight! The Wright Brothers conquered this in 1903 when their aircraft reached a height of 10 feet & travelled a distance of 200 feet. Many other inventors tried to make better & faster machines, including Robert ‘Rab’ Black a cousin of my Great Grandmother! As a young boy my Grandfather & his brothers would stand in a field & watch Rab with his own flying machine reach the height of the telegraph poles. How e
You will remember my previous posts regarding the images of war graves found within my Husbands Grandfathers belongings. If you didn’t get the chance to read these you can at the following links: - Mystery War Dead Picture found among family belongings & Mystery War Dead Pictures a Follow Up Particulars of the Crash During the evening of 14 -15 May 1940 small forces of bombers operating from the UK are sent to Breda & the Ruhr in an attempt to disrupt communications in Hollan
At the end of last year I heard a news report on the BBC that a new Virtual Reality Experience which allowed viewers to be transported back in time to the 3rd September 1943 when a Lancaster Bomber took off from 207 Squadrons base at RAF Langar in Nottinghamshire to take part in a raid to Bomb Berlin. Given my special interest in Bomber Command and the fact that my Great Uncle had been taking part in Missions to bomb Berlin about this time I just knew that I wanted to experie
You might remember my recent post regarding finding war dead photographs within my Husbands Grandfather’s belongings if you didn’t get a chance to read this article then you can access it via this link John Lawson Richards You will remember the Black and White photo taken in 23/10/1969. A high-resolution scan of this image revealed that this grave belonged to John Lawson Richards a Lieutenant who served with Andrew in the 240th Field Company, Royal Engineers. A search of the
It was during the recent passing of my Husbands Grandmother that we decided to have a look through some of their old family photographs I am sure that lots of us have piles of old family photos in our possession with many that are unmarked with details of who is in the photograph or when and where it was taken. As the Family Historian many sets of photographs have fallen into my possession and when I do receive them I try to ask what family I can if they know any of the peopl