Malta – The Modern Crusaders I

Blenheim Mk.IV Unit: ex 431 Sqn, RAF Serial: N3688 This aircraft from OADU (Overseas Aircraft Delivery Unit) was located in Malta – on September 1940 due to navigator’s mistake has landed on Italian island Pantelleria where was captured. AAR from the demo for Battle for Malta. Flight Lieutenant James W. Moore DFC ‘I had no […]

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Beverley aircraft in RAF service

Despatchers of the Royal Army Service Corps load a Land Rover of the 1st Guards Brigade into a Beverley heavy-load transport during Exercise Starlight, near RAF El Adem, Libya, March 1960. El Adem, situated near Tobruk, was a hub for Transport Command exercises. In March 1960, Exercise Starlight, tested the RAF’s ability to supply an […]

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Operation Grapple 1957/58

Dropping Britain’s First H-Bomb: Story of Operation Grapple 1957 by Kenneth Hubbard (Author), Michael Simmons (Author) On May 15, 1957 Vickers Valiant XD818 under the command of Wg Cdr Kenneth Hubbard, OC 49 Sqn RAF, dropped Britain’s first live thermonuclear bomb. The success of Operation Grapple broadcast to the world that the UK had the […]

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Operation Jiu-Jitsu

English Electric Canberra PR.3 The RB-45C variant, also served with the RAF (35 and 115 Squadrons), as part of Opertation Jiu Jitsu. As the USAF was forbidden by the US President from overflying the Soviet Union, but the British Government had no such problems. Therefore, 4 RB-45C aircraft were operated to fly reconnaissance missions over […]

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