100th Anniversary of the RAF

The great British institution that is the RAF celebrates its Centenary today 1st April 2018 and I am so proud that my daughter serves in the RAF as did both her grandfather’s my father during WW2_in a covert squadron RAF Tempsford out of Downham Market in Norfolk from where they dropped SOE operatives from Westland Lysander aircraft. Her maternal grandfather did his National Service after WW2 in the RAF and her cousin flew RAF Tornadoes before being made redundant in the Labour Defence Cuts under Gordon Brown…..#Proudtoserve

The Iron Room

Royal Air Force Birmingham wireless telegrapher appeal, a recruitment appeal for ‘Young Men, 17 1/2 years and upwards’(MS 2966/3/1).

The 1st of April 2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force (RAF), when the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps merged to become the first independent airforce in the world, following the passing of the Air Force (Constitution Act) 1917.  In this week’s blog post, I thought I’d take a look at some of the varied sources we hold here in Archives & Collections at the Library of Birmingham, relating to the RAF.

To start with, some of the earliest material I found comes from a collection called ‘Circulars relating to recruitment, fund raising and coal rationing from the First World War, 1917-1919’ (MS2966).  These circulars were sent from various sources to the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham for the purpose of supporting the…

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