9 places that tell the story of the Royal Air Force

Both my father and father – in -law served in the RAF and my daughter has followed suit and I am so proud of her……the RAF is a great British institution and saved Britain from domination by the Nazis in 1940

Heritage Calling

On 1 April 2018, the Royal Air Force (RAF) celebrated its 100th anniversary.

The formation of a new and separate service was, at the time, a controversial decision and it reflected the growing role of airpower in warfare, and the need for a single command of air research, training, resources and operations.

Historic England has helped protect some of the structures that illustrate key achievements of the RAF during the twentieth century. Here we take a look at 9 of them:

1. RAF Stow Maries, Essex

stow maries RAF Stow Maries. Copyright Mapio.net

Towards the end of the First World War the newly formed RAF took over a number of airfields that had been used to protect London from the new threat of aerial attack from airships and Gotha bombers. RAF Stow Maries, listed Grade II*, is a well preserved example of this type of base, and illustrates the…

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