Our purpose is to assist in raising the profile of the Corps with the General Service Community and the public at large by providing a focal point for the collection of artefacts and documents appertaining to, and acquired by, the RAF Regiment and its Associated Forces. The Heritage Centre will be the main exhibition area to display and preserve the story of the Regiment’s history and provide a learning resource.

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Members of 2744 Squadron in North Africa circa 1942 with a captured Italian Light Armoured Vehicle.

Aircraftman 1st Class Robert Quigley MM

By early 1943 the RAF Regt units which had landed in North West Africa, as part of Operation TORCH, were well established. They had been allotted to RAF fighter and light bomber Wings, defending advanced landing grounds.

One such unit was No 2744 Field Squadron which, together with No 4091 AA Flight was responsible for the airfields at Bône and Souk el Arba defending No 324 Fighter Wing.

Flight Lieutenant Arthur Langham VR MC

Flight Lieutenant Arthur Langham MC

83371 Flight Lieutenant Arthur Cuthbert Langham MC.

In addition to the 5 RAF Regiment Field Squadrons which landed in NW Africa, as part of Operation TORCH in November 1942, there were also 48 officers and 1519 men of the RAF Regiment who were attached to other units of the RAF.

These units were formed into flights and provided defence for RAF fighter wings and air installations – exactly the strategically-important roles for which the RAF Regiment had been formed.

Corporal Harry Green (Military Medal)

Corporal Harry Green MM

In September 1944, No 2721 Field Squadron were acting in an infantry role on the Eighth Army’s front in Italy. On 2 October, the Squadron took over the commitments of the 8th Manchester Regiment with the Lovat Scouts on their right flank.

Sergeant George Freeman BEM

Corporal George Henry Freeman BEM

Corporal George Henry Freeman was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) for gallantry. As such it was the first award made to a Gunner for gallantry after the formation of the RAF Regiment 1 February 1942. His citation was published in the London Gazette dated 10 July 1942.

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RAF Regiment Heritage Centre
RAF Honington
Bury St. Edmunds
Suffolk
IP31 1EE

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The RAF Regiment Heritage Centre is based at RAF Honington and is currently not open to the general public. Guided Tours for service groups can be arranged via the online booking form. Booking Enquiries ONLY: 01359 237963.

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