Overseas events

Saint-Omer RAF100 Celebrations

19- 21 September 2018

The citizens of Saint Omer will be celebrating the Centenary of the Royal Air Force with a Church Service, an exhibition displaying the history of the RAF, a Ceremony at the Commonwealth War Grave memorial and a parade to the local Airfield. Many of the Royal Flying Corp’s (RFC) squadrons are listed on the monument at Longuenesse airfield; with both No IX and No 41 squadrons tracing their formation to Saint Omer. To commemorate these historic links with the RAF, the Saint Omer Urban Community will seek to pay tribute to the men and women whose squadrons flew in the skies of Northern France in both World Wars. 

Events open to the public:

19 September

15:30-18:00 Crickets game SOCCS vs Ad Astrians held at Saint-Omer cricket field

20:00-21:00 Conference “Saint-Omer and the Royal Air Force” by Air Cdre Peter Dye at the Chapel of the Jesuits, Saint-Omer

20 September

11:00-12:30 Mass service as a tribute to Squadron 16 at Saint-Omer Cathedrale

16:15-17:00 Remeberance service in Saint-Omer Cemetery at Commonwealth War grave memorial.

17:00-17:30 March from Saint-Omer Cemetery to Aerodrome

18:00-19:30 Commemoration in front of memorial at the Saint-Omer Aerodrome, followed by an aircraft display and flypast.

Saint-Omer 14-18 phone app

01 January - 31 December 2018

Saint-Omer 14-18 is a smart phone app which takes you back to the Great War via three different tours. One tour in Saint-Omer itself and two others in the surrounding area will take you on a journey back to the places located at the rear of the conflict, where the British Army HQ was set up.

There is also a page designed to guide younger visitors and give them some clues to help them understand what they are seeing. As inhabitants during the war, meet the soldiers posted in the region.



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DACCC RAF 100th Celebrations

04 May - 14 September 2018

Various events throughout the summer to celebrate 100 years of the RAF with a particular focus on operations in Italy.

Poggio Renatico



RAF100 Mexico

25 August 2018

The Great Force of Mexico Air Show is a civic event created and organised by the Secretary of Defence and the Mexican Air Force.

Mexican military and air force personnel host this event, with the purpose of further strengthening the ties between the armed forces and the Mexican people.

The Defence Section (Mexico City) intends to raise the profile of the RAF in Mexico and with the Mexican Air Force during their annual Air Show.

Military Air Base No. 1

Santa Lucia, Tecámac

State of Mexico

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Bus tour: Douglas Bader

02 September 2018 14.00

This four-hour bus tour will look at the life of Douglas Bader, the famous pilot and ace of the RAF who was taken prisoner and sent to hospital in Saint-Omer.

First, visit the Centenary of the Royal Air Force exhibition at La Coupole, then make a stop at the Airfield of Saint-Omer, made famous for being the place where Douglas Bader and Adolf Galland met each other.

The tour begins at La Coupole's car park.

La Coupole, rue Andr Clabaux



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Mass for peace and concert

10 November 2018 18.00

With musicians of the conservatoire of Saint-Omer.

Immacule Conception Church, place de la Ghire

Saint-Omer, France


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