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.

A 3-inch mortar crew of RAF Regiment bombarding enemy positions

The Battle of Monte Cassino

Both 2771 Squadron and 2788 Squadron RAF Regiment saw heavy fighting at Monte Cassino in an infantry role as part of the 2nd New Zealand Division and 4th British Division respectively. It was here that RAF Regiment Squadrons 3-inch mortars were a highly-valued asset by Commanders.

An RAF Regiment light anti-aircraft gun team man their Bofors 40mm LAA gun in a rain-sodden emplacement in south-east England.

Operation Diver

Intelligence sources had first reported in 1943, of the advanced work the Germans were carrying out on a variety of pilotless and guided weapons to bombard the UK and disrupt any invasion fleet from forming.

Wing Commander Laker

Wing Commander “Bill” Lander

Wing Commander Lander kept a diary of events that ran from the 1-16 March 1945. It gave a graphic description of almost-continuous Close Quarter Fighting, which characterised the struggle for the vital airfield of Meiktila.

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.