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.

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.

Map of Palestine

Palestine 1946-49 End Game

Even as the war in Europe ended, the pre-war violence between Arab and Jew returned. The wartime ceasefire was broken early and 1946 saw new active terrorism by Jewish activists against the British.

Map of the German landing sites for the invasion of Kos

Letters from Kos

Dear Brother Tom,

Where to start, this has been one of the worst days of my life. How I wish we were still doing escorts in the desert to Derna, but that is long past now.

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.