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.

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.

Members of 2742 Squadron pose next to a destroyed German tank in the Ardennes

The Battle of the Ardennes

Detachments of the RAF Regiment were involved in their first defensive battle in Western Europe during the Battle of the Ardennes. Those units present at the time were employed to protect RADAR stations – one of the chief commitments of 85 Group.