Sergeant Norman Gerrish, 2798 Squadron RAF Regiment.

Norman Gerrish, Military Medal recipient for actions at Meiktila

Citation for the award of the Military Medal – 1408185 Sergeant Norman Phillip Gerrish 2708 Squadron RAF Regiment.

Gunners wave as a Spitfire performs a low flyby

The Battle for Meiktila

By December 1944 the XIVth Army was across the Chindwin River and preparing for what the Japanese General Kimura termed “the battle of the Irrawaddy shore” as part of his plan for the defence of Mandalay. Kimura had concentrated the bulk of his forces to defend Mandalay in the belief that it was to be attacked by the whole of the British XIVth Army.

Front-left view of the Alvis FV603 Saracen APC

Alvis FV603 Saracen

The Alvis FV603 Saracen is a six-wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) used by the British Army and RAF Regiment mainly between 1952 and 1976, although some units retained them until the early 1980s.

Front-right view of a FV101 Scorpion

FV101 Scorpion

The FV101 Scorpion was the lead vehicle and the fire support type in the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked), CVR(T), family of seven armoured vehicles. Manufactured by Alvis, it was introduced into service with the British Army in 1973 and served until 1994.

Front-right view of the Oerlikon 35mm anti-air gun

Oerlikon 35mm Anti-Aircraft Gun

2729 (City of Lincoln) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force Regiment was a Short Range Air Defence Squadron manned by Auxiliary Regiment personnel. It was equipped with the Swiss manufactured Skyguard radars and Oerlikon guns which were captured from the Argentine Forces during the Falklands Campaign of 1982.

Front-left view of a FV105 Sultan

FV105 Sultan

When the CVR(T) series of aluminum light armoured vehicles was designed, a full range of variants was considered including the FV105 Sultan command vehicle.

Front-left view of a FV106 Samson

FV106 Samson

When the CVR(T) series of aluminum light armoured vehicles was designed, a full range of variants was considered including the FV106 Samson Armoured Recovery Vehicle.

Tigercat short-range anti-aircraft missile system outside the Heritage Centre

Tigercat Short Range Anti-Aircraft Missile

The Shorts Tigercat is the land-use variant of the popular and widely used Shorts Seacat anti-aircraft missile, developed and manufactured by Short Brothers, Harland and Marconi.

Bofors 40mm L40/70 anti-aircraft gun in a sandbagged diorama

Bofors 40mm L40/70

More complex and more effective than the 40/60 which saw distinguished service in WW2, the 40/70 served the Regiment well in many parts of the world from 1957 until 1978 and the introduction of the Rapier missile system.

Members of 2742 Squadron pose next to a destroyed German tank in the Ardennes

The Battle of the Ardennes

Detachments of the RAF Regiment were involved in their first defensive battle in Western Europe during the Battle of the Ardennes. Those units present at the time were employed to protect RADAR stations – one of the chief commitments of 85 Group.