Members of 2744 Squadron in North Africa circa 1942 with a captured Italian Light Armoured Vehicle.

Aircraftman 1st Class Robert Quigley MM

By early 1943 the RAF Regt units which had landed in North West Africa, as part of Operation TORCH, were well established. They had been allotted to RAF fighter and light bomber Wings, defending advanced landing grounds.

One such unit was No 2744 Field Squadron which, together with No 4091 AA Flight was responsible for the airfields at Bône and Souk el Arba defending No 324 Fighter Wing.

Corporal Harry Green (Military Medal)

Corporal Harry Green MM

In September 1944, No 2721 Field Squadron were acting in an infantry role on the Eighth Army’s front in Italy. On 2 October, the Squadron took over the commitments of the 8th Manchester Regiment with the Lovat Scouts on their right flank.

LAC William Tucker MM

LAC William Tucker MM

During enemy air attacks on the Greek island of Kos, during September and October 1943, Leading Aircraftman Tucker was No 1 gunner on an anti-aircraft gun (Hispano) which formed part of the defences of Antimachia airfield.

German marines in Kos

2909 Squadron – Last Stand on Cos

Formed at Gianallis in the Middle East in May 1943 in the Light Anti-Aircraft role, 2909 Squadron was selected to be part of Operation “Accolade” (the invasion of Cos), whilst based at Hadera.

Field Squadron 25-pounders in a camoflaged, sandbagged position..

2721 Field Squadron – Op Torch 1942

Formed as No 2721 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 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.

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.

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.