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.

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.

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.

Map of Sicily for Operation Husky

Operation Husky – Sicily and Italy

With the North African shore cleared, the whole of the Southern Europe landscape was open to the Allies for invasion. The decision was taken to take one of the Axis powers out of the coalition facing us – Italy. The traditional route of invasion through Sicily was chosen partly because of the airfields it would yield to support the main effort on mainland Italy later.

Calliope Jane

Calliope Jane

Caliope Jane, a 40mm Bofors and her crew from 2926 LAA Squadron initially began operations in Palestine and journeyed with the Desert Air Force until the eventual defeat of the Axis Forces at Tunis.