German marines in Kos

2909 Squadron – Last Stand on Cos

Formed at Gianallis in the Middle East in May 1943 in the Light Anti-Aircraft role, 2909 Squadron was selected to be part of Operation “Accolade” (the invasion of Cos), whilst based at Hadera.

Field Squadron 25-pounders in a camoflaged, sandbagged position..

2721 Field Squadron – Op Torch 1942

Formed as No 721 Squadron at Mildenhall in July 1941, having been unnumbered from the previous April and absorbed into the RAF Regiment on 1 Feb 1942. Numbered, it moved to RAF Kenley in 1942, converting to a Field Squadron in October 1942.

Squadron Leader Michael Peter Casano, MC with Butch the dog.

Squadron Leader M P Casano MC

Between April – June 1941, the Iraqis led by Rashid Ali, and with the backing of the Axis powers, rose againt the British in what became known as the “Iraqi Revolt”.

David Roberts, MBE, MM

Group Captain David Roberts, MBE, MM

During an air raid on RAF Kenley 18 Aug 1940, Aircraftman 2nd Class Roberts was in charge of a unit of the ground defences and, although under heavy fire, succeeded in destroying one enemy aircraft and causing damage to another. It was one of the hardest days fighting during the Battle of Britain.

Corporal George Wingate, RAF Regiment

Corporal George Henry Wingate MM

Operation MANNA was the introduction of British forces into Athens, with the strategic intention of re-establishing the Greek Government. On 19 Oct 1944 “Pompforce” was under command of Lieutenant Colonel Jellicoe. No 2903 Squadron RAF Regiment along with Corporal Wingate contributed one troop of Otter Armoured Fighting Vehicles, two 3-tonners, two 6-pounders and one 3-inch mortar to that force.

Flying Officer Angus Ian Mitchell MC pictured on the right of a column of troops marching towards the camera

Flying Officer ‘Mad Mitch’ Mitchell MC

No 2942 Field Squadron RAF Regiment, was one of a dozen RAF Regiment units deployed in the Arakan to defend airstrips and radar units. By the beginning of 1944, these units were concentrated on the Imphal Plain and in the Surma Valley.

Flight Sergeant Albert Greening MM

Flight Sergeant Albert Ernest Greening MM

In September 1944, RAF Regiment Squadrons had disembarked in Normandy and were moving against Antwerp, Eindoven and Volkel. September brought hard winter weather condtions that suited the German defenders. Victory in Europe was still far from certain, by September the Germans had begun to launch the powerful V2 rockets to very great effect from around the Leopold Canal area.

Corporal Alexander George Bradfield

Corporal Alexander George Bradfield MM

He is commemorated and remembered at each Trainee Gunner Graduation Parade in the award of the Corporal Bradfield Trophy. This is awarded to the JNCO instructor who has been voted by the Trainee Gunners as the most inspirational JNCO throughout their training.

Flying Officer Kenneth Gregson-Jones

Flying Officer Kenneth Gregson Jones

No 2816 Rifle Squadron RAF Regiment commanded by Sqn Ldr Edward Park landed in France on 24 Aug 1944. The Squadron’s main task was working in forward areas identified as V1 and V2 rocket sites. By mid-Sept 1944 the Force known as Bow Force part of No 1313 Wing RAF Regiment had moved in to Belgium east of Bruges.

An RAF Regiment crew mans a 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft gun near an advanced landing ground in Normandy.

Operation Overlord

Operation Overlord was the operational name for the largest invasion ever of a defended shoreline from the sea.