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The Berlin Air Lift

The questions we were looking to address here were: What were the logistical issues which confronted the RAF as the Berlin Airlift went on? Did the commissioning of new aircraft, …

The Relief of Germany

In these two videos we were thinking of covering: Reasons for the airlift; The RAF experience of the airlift; and The US deployment of atomic-capable aircraft to the UK. This …

The RAF in 1945 – part III

Notes We had three main questions in mind for this video: What were the logistical difficulties associated with the RAF’s geographic coverage – Britain was heavily in debt in 1945. …

The RAF in 1945 – part II

We split this initial discussion into two parts – we were aiming for six minutes of discussion per video, but somewhat rabbited on on this one. Here we pick up …

The RAF in 1945 – introduction

In this video, and the one after, we wanted to consider: The status of the RAF in 1945; its scope of operations; and demobilization. The questions we started out with …

Course introduction

Welcome to the course! Dr Ross Mahoney and I will be hosting the discussion for the six weeks of the course. Ross is the Aviation Historian for the RAF Museums, …

Memorials: Runnymede and London

Three memorials In this video I consider three very different types of memorials to airmen and airwomen – a cemetery, a statue, and a modern sculpture and memorial. Please add …

Founding the RAF Museum

The RAF Museum at Hendon In this video Peter and Ross consider the following statements and questions: Why was RAF Hendon decommissioned as an active RAF base? What other options …