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.

WW2-era Distinguished Service Medal

Aircraftman 1st Class Richard O’Neill DSM

AC 1 O’Neill’s DSM is unique amongst all awards to RAF Regiment Gunners, in that he was awarded a Royal Navy other-ranks decoration for gallantry at sea.

Sergeant Overend receiving the US Soldier's Medal

Sergeant George Overend (US) Soldier’s Medal

By direction of the President, under the provisions of Army Regulations 600-45, as amended, the Soldiers Medal was awarded by the Theatre Commander to each of the following named enlisted men of 2867 LAA Squadron RAF Regiment for heroism on 26 Feb 1944 at Fomi, Ponza.

Squadron Leader Kenneth Godfrey

Squadron Leader Kenneth Godfrey, Croix de Guerre

Acting Squadron Leader Godfrey served as the Staff Officer to the Command RAF Regiment Officer (Colonel R Preston) when No 83 Group (later 83 Expeditionary Air Group) sailed with the first assaulting troops on D-Day 6 June 1944.

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 2721 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”.