Corporal Saleh Haiderah Yafai, Military Medal pictured wearing 1939-45 Defence and War ribbons.

Corporal Saleh Haiderah Yafai MM

The lack of political cohesion in the region made the South Arabian scene very confused, with fragmented, rival groups contending for power in the Yemen. Some tribes such as the Upper Yafai were out of reach of any power block. Consequently, members of the Yafai tribe were highly valued members of the Aden Protectorate Levies (APL) predominantly for their reliability and independence.

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.

Squadron Leader Archibald Alexander Stewart, Military Cross

Squadron Leader “Jock” Stewart MC

On 15 June 1955, Squadron Leader Archibald Alexander “Jock” Stewart, RAF Regiment was the second in command of a force of Aden Protectorate Levies operating in Wadi Hatib, a disturbed tribal area of the Western Aden Protectorate.

Front-right view of the Rolls Royce Armoured Car

Tin Can Trams

From 1922 until they were formally absorbed into the RAF Regiment in 1946, the Armoured Car Companies of the RAF provided an unbroken period of distinguished service throughout the Middle East. This service ranged from the fertile valleys of Iraq to the history rich settlements of Palestine, from the West Bank of Jordan to the barren hills of Dhala in Aden.

Ferret MKII Scout Car

Ferret Mark II Scout Car

The Ferret Mark II Scout Car entered service in 1955 with No. 10 (Armoured Car) Squadron of the Aden Protectorate Levies who were the first unit to be so equipped.

Vickers medium machine gun in a sand-bagged diorama

Vickers Medium Machine Gun

The .303 Vickers MMG was used extensively by the RAF Regiment and its forebears in the Armoured Car Companies and Ground Gunner Defence Squadrons.