Gunners wave as a Spitfire performs a low flyby

The Regiment in Burma

In November 1942, a Regimental Centre was established at Secunderabad, where the first Field Squadrons and AA Flights for Service in Burma were formed. The training of these units was carried out initially by Army NCOs, and the assault course at Secunderabad gained the reputation for being the most exacting in the Far East.

A Hawker Hurricane attacks a bridge in Burma

Imphal

At the end of March 1944, No 2944 Field Squadron of the RAF Regiment was stationed near Maungdaw on the Arakan Front giving protection to AMES (Air Ministry Experimental Stations), these were mobile short range Radar Units giving early warning of approaching enemy aircraft to forward ground forces, they were normally positioned between forward Infantry and heavy Artillery.

Vickers medium machine gun

Vickers MMG

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