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James Vidler: The Royal Air Force veteran with a distinguished career of 50 years
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James Vidler: The Royal Air Force veteran with a distinguished career of 50 years

Mr James Vidler, veteran from British Royal Air Force, breathed his last at the age of 92 on 13th November, 2014. He is survived by his wife Irene, daughter Samantha, and granddaughters, Larissa and Isabelle. Mr Vidler has had an unparalleled and distinguished career serving the Royal Air Force for […]

THE SKY THEIR BATTLEFIELD II – Review by Mark Barnes
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THE SKY THEIR BATTLEFIELD II – Review by Mark Barnes

Because I like such a wide range of military history I try to gather a broad knowledge of it but don’t suggest for one minute I am in any way an expert on a particular subject. The Great War has long been a fascination of mine since I first read […]

A Pair of Firsts?
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A Pair of Firsts?

Archibald Ashmore KcKellar. His name may not be familiar to many people nowadays. Seventy-five years ago, his was one of the most recognised names in Scotland. His claim to fame? Shooting down the first enemy aircraft over Britain, twice. Recently trained on the newest high-powered fighter type of the RAF, […]

WIND IN THE WIRES – Review by Mark Barnes
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WIND IN THE WIRES – Review by Mark Barnes

The gathering pace of events surrounding the centenary of the Great War have coincided with some difficult times in my world and, as a consequence, I have found it very difficult finding the motivation to read barely any of associated books in my ‘to do’ pile. A slight change in […]

Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown: The RAF man who seemed not to notice danger
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Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown: The RAF man who seemed not to notice danger

Brown’s exploits run through some of the most momentous events of world history. He was at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he interrogated Hermann Goering, helped liberate the Belsen concentration camp and by chance managed to sing with the Glenn Miller band. But his greatest achievements were as a Royal Navy […]

WWII enthusiast spends six months getting famous battle scenes inked on his back
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WWII enthusiast spends six months getting famous battle scenes inked on his back

A Second World War enthusiast endured 42 hours of pain to have two of the conflict’s most famous battles inked on his back – for his first ever tattoo. Jason Roff, from Bournemouth, Dorset, spent £1,500 having the elaborate portrayal of the Battle of Britain and the Battle of Villers-Bocage […]

Man obsessed with RAF grandfather’s WW2 bomber crash in German forest discovers wrecked plane after painstaking research
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Man obsessed with RAF grandfather’s WW2 bomber crash in German forest discovers wrecked plane after painstaking research

A man who was fascinated with his grandfather’s plane crash behind enemy lines during the Second World War has tracked down the wreckage in a forest in Germany after years of research. Front gunner Leslie Davenport, from Birmingham, was on a raid over Berlin on September 7, 1941 – one of […]

Last Remaining Lancaster Bombers Perform Tribute Flight
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Last Remaining Lancaster Bombers Perform Tribute Flight

Of the numerous Lancaster bombers that flew during the Second World War, two remain which are still capable of flight. These two aircraft recently flew together in honor of the famous Dambusters raid. Thousands of spectators gathered in order to witness the honorary flight of the two surviving Lancaster bombers, […]

Luftwaffe night fighter scores four RAF Lancasters
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Luftwaffe night fighter scores four RAF Lancasters

On the night of 27th January RAF Bomber Command were headed in strength for Berlin again, with 515 Lancaster bombers. So many factors decided how many of them would get through to bomb and back home safely. Much depended on the weather and the visibility, whether various feints, radar jamming […]

Luxury Homes Made from WWII Bunker
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Luxury Homes Made from WWII Bunker

At the site of a former RAF base in Oxfordshire, a WWII bunker has been renovated in order to create two high-cost luxury homes. Each of the homes costs nearly half a million pounds, having been refurbished to create a very different atmosphere than what one might generally associate with […]