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20 August 1897 Cpl / Flt.Cdt John Arthur Wilson MM: Durham Light Infantry, Machine Gun Corps, Royal Air Force

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As a boy, after Sunday lunch, I recall sitting on my grandfather's knee and he would start off with the line ‘have I told you about the time ...' and he'd then add, ‘.... we were gassed' or '.... we took a German prisoner' or '..... I was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps'. Perhaps this started my interest in history. In his 96th year Jack ret…


'Bloody Paralyser: The Giant Handley Page Bombers of World War 1' a talk by Rob Langham

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Rob Langham, the author of Bloody Paralyser: The Giant Handley Page Bombers of the First World War will be giving a presentation. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm for a 8:00pm start.    


'The Royal Naval Air Service' a talk by Phil Tomaselli

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The Royal Naval Air Service, the air arm of the Royal Navy, came into existence in July 1914. The early RNAS pioneers first flew off ships, they developed the first proper bombers, shot down the first Zeppelin, hunted German cruisers in East Africa and flew fighters over the trenches alongside the Royal Flying Corps. The two were merged as the RAF…


‘At the Top of the Curve? - The BEF Striding Towards Victory in 1918’ - 8 September

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The Northumberland Regional Conference   Conference Chairman - Professor John Derry   PROGRAMME Colin Buxton (Branch member): ‘RAF involvement at the Battle of Amiens, 1918’ Andy Robertshaw (University College London): ‘Sinews of Victory! – Logistics & the 100 Days’ Richard van Emden (World War 1 Expert & Author): ‘1918: The Decisive…


The RAF Centenary Anthology 1918-2018

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This massive commemorative RAF Centenary Anthology 1918-2018 has been an enormous undertaking.

It comprises 650 pages of documents, orders, diaries, letters and ephemera to mark 100 years of of service by the Royal Air Force. It weighs 7kg.

You can see its size from the photograph it is a whopping 39cm x 27cm (15.35 inches x 10.63 inches).

T…


'Formation of the RAF' with Stuart Hadaway

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The Suffolk branch hold monthly meetings, which are open to members and non-members of the association. The meetings include a talk on a Great War related subject, given by branch members or well established historians and authors. 'The Formation of the RAF' is the subject for April given by historian Stuart Hadaway. Most talks are usually an hour …


AGM Meeting followed by 'RFC/RNAS to the RAF 1918' with Ian Massey

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After the AGM, Ian Massey will give a talk on the RFC and RNAS as they became the RAF in 1918.    IMAGE: Officers and S.E.5a Scouts of No. 1 Squadron, RAF at Clairmarais aerodrome near Ypres. IWM Q12063


Northumberland Branch Conference: 8 September

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‘At the top of the curve? – the BEF striding towards victory in 1918’  Venue: The Northumberland Hall, Market Street, Alnwick, NE66 1TN 09:30-16:30 (Doors open 09:00)   Guest Speakers & Subjects:  Colin Buxton (Branch member) - ‘RAF involvement at the Battle of Amiens, 1918’ Andy Robertshaw (University College London) - ‘Sinews of Victor…



Captain Horace Coomber

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Captain Horace Coomber By Gareth Morgan    This article first appeared in the Australian Society of WWI Aero Historians and is published with the kind permission of the author.    The Manchester Regiment and 45 Squadron R.F.C. By Gareth Morgan   “The most popular officer we ever had” Many airmen who lost their lives during the Great War …



'Aces Falling: War over the Trenches,1918' by Peter Hart

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At the beginning of 1918 the great aces seemed invincible. Flying above the battlefields of the Western Front, they cut a deadly swathe through the ranks of their enemies, as each side struggled to keep control of the air. Some were little more than boys when they started to fly, yet they were respected and feared as some of the deadliest killers i…



Relearning the Lessons. John Terraine’s 1984 WFA Address

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Relearning the Lessons. John Terraine’s 1984 WFA Address (This article, a transcript of John Terraine's 1984 Address first appeared in Stand To! 1985 No.13  pp4-7)   Mr. Chairman, fellow-members of the WFA: I hope you will forgive me if today - contrary to my usual practice - I strike a personal note in my address to you. Before we go any furt…


The Gallipoli Conference 2018 : 3 November

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To honour the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the RAF this year's Gallipoli Conference is being held at the prestigious RAF Club.  A subsidised rate is also offered to members of The Western Front Association.  To book a place, all Western Front Association members need to do is email conference@gallipoli-association.org. The subjects be…