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RAF Historical Society

The RAF Historical Society: founded in 1986 and fully supported by the Air Force Board – “advancing the education of RAF history.” Registered charity No 299029

The Royal Air Force Historical Society was established in 1986 by the efforts of a small committee led by Air Mshl Sir Freddie Sowrey. A registered charity, it is entirely self-financing and has the full support of the Royal Air Force Board.

It was created because no organisation existed at the time to studying the history of the RAF and the contribution it has made to global peace and security since 1918. By bringing like-minded individuals together at a number of events throughout the year, the Society provides an excellent forum where specific historical events can be discussed and examined in detail.

To do this, it holds two seminars a year – one at the RAF Museum, Hendon, and one at another location such as BAWA, Bristol or RAF Cranwell and an Annual General Meeting held in the RAF Club in London. Each event explores a specific theme and consists of presentations by academic historians offering their views and veterans recalling their personal involvement. Provision for discussion is made via question and answer sessions and the entire proceedings are published in the thrice-yearly RAF Historical Society journals.

Membership of the Society costs £18 per year and enables you to be informed about the significant contribution the RAF has made to global peace and security since 1918. It entitles you to receive the 3 journals produced each year which contain submissions from leading academics and researchers who have studied specific RAF contributions to events.

The Society's primary charitable aim is “To advance the public’s education of Royal Air Force history.”

RAF AKROTIRI HERITAGE PROJECT

Have you ever served at RAF Akrotiri? If so, then you may be able to contribute to an ongoing project to improve the heritage of this famous RAF Station. It does not matter what job you did; whether aircrew, ground crew or support staff, if you were in the RAF and served at RAF Akrotiri between 1955 and 2010, please get in touch and tell us what you did and how you contributed to the history of RAF Akrotiri. If you have any interesting photos of Station life, people and aircraft we would especially like to hear from you. Please contact Wing Commander Steve Chappell on stevechap50@hotmail.com or write to him at COSU HQ, RAF Akrotiri, BFPO 57. Many thanks.

1956, Lincoln 49 Sqdn crews inspected by Lennox Boyd Eastlie

How to Join

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in RAF history, irrespective of whether they have ever had any direct connection with the Service

How to Join

Historical Society Two Air Forces Award - Wg Cdr Chappell with AVM Nigel Baldwin (Chairman of the RAF Historical Society)

The Two Air Forces Award

The Historical Society established the Two Air Forces Award in collaboration with the United States Air Force Historical Foundation...

The Two Air Forces Award

214 sqn lincolns in aden

The Committee

The Committee of the RAF Historical Society consists of Serving, ex-serving and civilian personnel...

The Committee

Lord Hugh Trenchard, Marshal of the Royal Air Force, inspecting a Guard of Honor during the passing out parade

Next Event

The next event will be our Annual General meeting on Weds 22nd June.

Next Event

Historical Society Journal 56

Society journals

The Society's back-catalogue of publications are made available on-line courtesy of the RAF Museum...

Society journals

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Links to AHB and RAF Museum

Links to the Air Historical Branch

Links to AHB and RAF Museum

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