Second World War Lives

The Second World War was a momentous event in twentieth-century history and it is a fascinating period for family historians to explore. Numerous … [Read more...]





Missing Believed Killed – Casualty Policy and the Missing Research and Enquiry Service 1939-1952

During the early years of World War Two it soon became apparent that the system for tracing the whereabouts of the remains of RAF aircrew deemed … [Read more...]





Military Low-Flying Aircraft – The Men Who Fly and the Skill of the Photographers that Capture Them

Mainland UK has some of the most dramatic landscapes for RAF, RN, British Army, USAF and NATO pilots to train in the important skill of low … [Read more...]





Escape, Evasion and Revenge

Peter Stevens was a German-Jewish refugee who escaped Nazi persecution as a teenager in 1933. He joined the RAF in 1939 and after eighteen months … [Read more...]





The Forgotten Few – The Polish Air Force in World War II

By the beginning of 1941 there was a fully fledged Polish Air Force operating alongside the RAF. With 14 Squadrons it was larger than any other of … [Read more...]





Stay the Distance – The Life and Times of Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Michael Beetham

Sir Michael Beetham enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the Royal Air Force. He joined the RAF as a pilot in 1941 and was awarded the DFC … [Read more...]





The Reconstruction of Warriors – Archibald McIndoe, the Royal Air Force and the Guinea Pig Club

The history of the Guinea Pig Club, the band of airmen who were seriously burned in aeroplane fires, is a truly inspiring, spine-tingling … [Read more...]





The History of RAF Aerobatic Teams from 1920 – Smoke On…Go!

The Royal Air Force has long recognised the value of display flying for pilot training, prestige and recruiting purposes, and the standard of its … [Read more...]





Solway Aviation Museum

The Solway Aviation Museum is based at Carlisle Airport, just a few miles from the city of Carlisle on the A69. Situated in some old airport sheds, … [Read more...]