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100 years of the R.A.F. 09:38 - Jul 10 with 872 viewsLord_Bony

Huge fly past over Buck House today.

God bless all who have served in this great British institution.

Per ardua ad astra.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/986418/RAF-flypast-planes-route-London-RAF-cen


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100 years of the R.A.F. on 09:52 - Jul 10 with 860 viewsPegojack

If you haven't read it, try and get hold of a book by Worcester author Dilip Sarkar entitled ' The Few'.

It's a complete chronological account of the Battle of Britain. Truly inspirational, one of the key turning points of history.
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100 years of the R.A.F. on 10:07 - Jul 10 with 842 viewsjack2jack

Great to see The Commemorations every where, to honour and remember all the brave men, who have given their lives serving with The RAF.
Watching the Beeb ATM, moving tributes, together with interviews with some of the men who served during the war, truly remarkable human beings.
Hope all involved with today's celebrations have a wonderful day
Respect.
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100 years of the R.A.F. on 10:19 - Jul 10 with 831 viewsmoonie

Respect indeed.
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100 years of the R.A.F. on 10:23 - Jul 10 with 826 viewscontroversial_jack

100 years of the R.A.F. on 09:52 - Jul 10 by Pegojack

If you haven't read it, try and get hold of a book by Worcester author Dilip Sarkar entitled ' The Few'.

It's a complete chronological account of the Battle of Britain. Truly inspirational, one of the key turning points of history.


Not to disrespect those who took part etc, It's becoming clear that there was a lot of myth about the battle of Britain. It wasn't a few and this country wasn't on it's last legs,Britain was producing more aircraft and pilots than Germany
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100 years of the R.A.F. on 11:58 - Jul 10 with 778 viewsBrynCartwright

After having a huge interest in aircraft and being in Gorseinon ATC as a kid, my biggest regret in life is not joining the RAF after Uni. Apart from having a much more fulfilling career, I'm certain I'd have had a lot more fanny wearing that awesome blue uniform.

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100 years of the R.A.F. on 12:00 - Jul 10 with 773 viewsBatterseajack

Heading out to watch this at lunch time. Skies are a bit cloudy here in London though
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100 years of the R.A.F. (n/t) on 14:36 - Jul 10 with 724 viewsBatterseajack

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100 years of the R.A.F. on 15:36 - Jul 10 with 693 viewsirishswan546

Nothing but respect to all those brave Welsh Scottish English and Irish soldiers who fought in the British army and the other allied forces in ww I & II, I know we all take everything for granted these days but without their many sacrifices this planet would be a far different place.
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100 years of the R.A.F. on 15:38 - Jul 10 with 690 viewswaynekerr55

Saw them fly past Barons Court today. Fantastic to see the red arrows fly over the A4! 🇬🇧

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100 years of the R.A.F. on 15:40 - Jul 10 with 687 viewsSgorioFruit

As an ex RAF airman I’m gutted not to be at today’s parade in London.

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100 years of the R.A.F. on 15:44 - Jul 10 with 676 viewslondonlisa2001

100 years of the R.A.F. on 15:38 - Jul 10 by waynekerr55

Saw them fly past Barons Court today. Fantastic to see the red arrows fly over the A4! 🇬🇧


Do what we always do with a fly-by. Watched on tv until they fly over the palace, then step outside the front door to see them fly over the house 20 seconds later. Some of them came straight over the top of us.

Wonderful to see.
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100 years of the R.A.F. on 15:44 - Jul 10 with 677 viewsBatterseajack

It was a great display to be fair. Huge crowds along the river, and by the Tate modern where i was.
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100 years of the R.A.F. on 16:08 - Jul 10 with 653 viewsBadlands

I remember my old man telling me all about the great times he had in the RAF ... throughout WW2!!!
Liked the Poles & Czech airmen.
Never trusted the Americans.
Armed Spitfires and Hurricanes during what was to become known as the Battle of Britain.
Incredibly proud and earned the right to 'button down'.
When is was obvious the the war was coming to an end he planned to stay on for 18 - 27 years.
Then Dresden happened and he along with many others put in for demob the first day he could.
He and it seemed most of the fight crews aways considered Dresden a punishment bombing and a war crime.
The RAF with a few leadership exceptions has been the best airforce ever bar none.
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100 years of the R.A.F. on 10:12 - Jul 11 with 525 viewsLord_Bony

100 years of the R.A.F. on 16:08 - Jul 10 by Badlands

I remember my old man telling me all about the great times he had in the RAF ... throughout WW2!!!
Liked the Poles & Czech airmen.
Never trusted the Americans.
Armed Spitfires and Hurricanes during what was to become known as the Battle of Britain.
Incredibly proud and earned the right to 'button down'.
When is was obvious the the war was coming to an end he planned to stay on for 18 - 27 years.
Then Dresden happened and he along with many others put in for demob the first day he could.
He and it seemed most of the fight crews aways considered Dresden a punishment bombing and a war crime.
The RAF with a few leadership exceptions has been the best airforce ever bar none.


My old man was also in the raf for a few years.

The bombing of Dresden was a dreadful affair,as was many other raids afterwards regarding civilian casualties,but in my opinion it was justified as was Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to bring the war to a quicker end.

Many did not agree with it afterwards and Bomber Harris had a lot of criticism for these decisions,but most thought it was the right thing to do at the time.

Those aircrews of all nationalities were brave men indeed.






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100 years of the R.A.F. on 12:48 - Jul 11 with 483 viewsPegojack

100 years of the R.A.F. on 10:23 - Jul 10 by controversial_jack

Not to disrespect those who took part etc, It's becoming clear that there was a lot of myth about the battle of Britain. It wasn't a few and this country wasn't on it's last legs,Britain was producing more aircraft and pilots than Germany


The book I mentioned doesn't get bogged down by statistics, it gives a day by day account of what actually happened and focuses on individual stories, many of them incredible.
When I said it was inspirational, I'm talking about the raw courage of very young men of many nationalities jumping into fighter planes day after day to the point of exhaustion and getting airbourne in the full knowledge that many of them were going to their deaths.
We owe them so much.
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100 years of the R.A.F. on 14:35 - Jul 11 with 445 viewsdickythorpe

Read "An air fighter's scrapbook" by Ira Jones. He hailed from Llanddowror just outside St.Clears and was an ace in Ww1.
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100 years of the R.A.F. on 15:59 - Jul 11 with 421 viewsShaky

Have had significant aerial activity since yesterday afternoon round my way, in the form of several Apache gunships on patrol and just saw an Osprey earlier.

However, think this is more to do with preparations for Trump's arrival than any RAF pageant.

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100 years of the R.A.F. on 00:00 - Jul 12 with 343 viewsLohengrin

100 years of the R.A.F. on 15:59 - Jul 11 by Shaky

Have had significant aerial activity since yesterday afternoon round my way, in the form of several Apache gunships on patrol and just saw an Osprey earlier.

However, think this is more to do with preparations for Trump's arrival than any RAF pageant.


Sending Apache gunships on sorties, guns blazing, swooping down on red protestors is a cockle-warming thought but, alas, I can’t see it...

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100 years of the R.A.F. on 12:34 - Jul 12 with 257 viewsLord_Bony

Here it is then.

The R.A.F. Centinial Flypast in all its glory.


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100 years of the R.A.F. on 14:35 - Jul 12 with 229 viewscontroversial_jack

100 years of the R.A.F. on 12:48 - Jul 11 by Pegojack

The book I mentioned doesn't get bogged down by statistics, it gives a day by day account of what actually happened and focuses on individual stories, many of them incredible.
When I said it was inspirational, I'm talking about the raw courage of very young men of many nationalities jumping into fighter planes day after day to the point of exhaustion and getting airbourne in the full knowledge that many of them were going to their deaths.
We owe them so much.
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It doesn't even stop at the battle of Britain either. The RAF in N Africa, Malta and the med, the middle east etc all had the better of the Luftwaffe and victory wouldn't have been assured without these great men of many nations
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100 years of the R.A.F. on 16:02 - Jul 12 with 204 viewspeenemunde

100 years of the R.A.F. on 16:08 - Jul 10 by Badlands

I remember my old man telling me all about the great times he had in the RAF ... throughout WW2!!!
Liked the Poles & Czech airmen.
Never trusted the Americans.
Armed Spitfires and Hurricanes during what was to become known as the Battle of Britain.
Incredibly proud and earned the right to 'button down'.
When is was obvious the the war was coming to an end he planned to stay on for 18 - 27 years.
Then Dresden happened and he along with many others put in for demob the first day he could.
He and it seemed most of the fight crews aways considered Dresden a punishment bombing and a war crime.
The RAF with a few leadership exceptions has been the best airforce ever bar none.


Why didn’t he trust the Americans- without their help we’d have been fooked.
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100 years of the R.A.F. on 23:40 - Jul 12 with 145 viewscontroversial_jack

100 years of the R.A.F. on 16:02 - Jul 12 by peenemunde

Why didn’t he trust the Americans- without their help we’d have been fooked.


They would have been fooked without us too
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100 years of the R.A.F. on 03:24 - Jul 14 with 75 views1462jack

100 years of the R.A.F. on 14:35 - Jul 12 by controversial_jack

It doesn't even stop at the battle of Britain either. The RAF in N Africa, Malta and the med, the middle east etc all had the better of the Luftwaffe and victory wouldn't have been assured without these great men of many nations


Helped us out in some very sticky situations on Op Herric , be it dropping a 500lb , Apache , or helfire , their accuracy is absolutely amazing . I’m sure there would have been a lot more repatriations without their support , god bless them
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