Royal Air Force


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Characters Karen Gershon
This is a book about Inge's loves: her lost, buried love for her parents, her all-consuming love for her brother (to whom she feels deeply, inherently inferior), her love for baby Georgie (who, after they...
Characters Andrea Levy
The central events of the novel take place in postwar London over a few weeks during 1948, but those events are shaped by the separate experiences of the central characters before that time. The voices...
Cultural formation H. D.
H. D. first met, after an eighteen-month correspondence, with Hugh, Lord Dowding , who had headed the RAF 's Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain and was now an active spiritualist and theosophist.
Guest, Barbara. Herself Defined: The Poet H.D. and Her World. Collins, 1985.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
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Cultural formation H. D.
H. D. held seances during which believed that she had been given messages by dead RAF airmen warning of an imminent Third World War.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Friedman, Susan Stanford. “’Remembering Shakespeare Always, But Remembering Him Differently’: H.D.’s By Avon River”. Sagetrieb, No. 2, pp. 45 -70.
Family and Intimate relationships Anne Ridler
AR and her husband had two daughters and two sons, and in due course six or more grandchildren and the same number of great-grandchildren.
Shattock, Joanne. The Oxford Guide to British Women Writers. Oxford University Press, 1993.
Ridler, Anne. Memoirs. The Perpetua Press, 2004, p. 240 pp.
Their daughter Jane was born on the snowy night of...
Family and Intimate relationships Diana Athill
From the ages of nine to fifteen DA was chastely in love with a boy of her own age, kind, gentle, brave, honest and reliable: the most rational love of my life.
Athill, Diana. Life Class: The Selected Memoirs of Diana Athill. Granta, 2009.
After that...
Family and Intimate relationships Anna Kavan
AK 's son , a member of the RAF since the beginning of the war, was reported missing in action.
Callard, David. The Case of Anna Kavan. Peter Owen, 1993.
Family and Intimate relationships Margaret Laurence
Margaret Wemyss , a recent graduate, married Jack Laurence , a fellow-student whose subject was engineering. He was also a war veteran, having been a mechanic with the RAF .
Stovel, Nora Foster. Divining Margaret Laurence. A Study of Her Complete Writings. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008.
Laurence, Margaret. Dance on the Earth: A Memoir. McClelland and Stewart, 1989.
King, James. The Life of Margaret Laurence. Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.
Family and Intimate relationships Andrea Levy
AL 's father, Winston Levy , was one of those pioneers from the Caribbean (Jamaica) who came to Britain on the Empire Windrush in 1948. He kept a souvenir postcard he bought on the ship...
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Taylor
They had met as fellow members of High Wycombe Theatre Club;
Beauman, Nicola. The Other Elizabeth Taylor. Persephone Books, 2009.
John's father was then Mayor of High Wycombe. Elizabeth was strongly attracted to John, and was wildly excited when she found herself pregnant...
Family and Intimate relationships Margaret Drabble
MD 's father, barrister John Frederick Drabble , also attended Cambridge , and served in the RAF during the second world war. In 1945, newly demobbed, he stood as Labour candidate for the Tory seat...
Family and Intimate relationships Sarah Waters
Sarah was close to her father, Ron, an engineer working in oil refineries who had done his National Service with the RAF .
Allardice, Lisa. “Uncharted Waters”. The Guardian.
Waters, Sarah. The Little Stranger. Virago, 2010.
McCrum, Robert. “What lies beneath”.
She found him a great inspirer, who made up stories for...
Family and Intimate relationships Ruth Fainlight
RF married the man with whom she had been living for years, Alan Sillitoe (former RAF radio operator, now a suddenly successful novelist), at Marylebone Town Hall in London.
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.
Evans-Bush, Katy. “The Poet Realized. An Interview with Ruth Fainlight”. Contemporary Poetry Review.
Family and Intimate relationships Alison Fell
Alison's father, Andrew Fell, was an engine mechanic in peace-time and an airman in the RAF during the Second World War, when Alison was born. He bombed Hamburg and Dresden and D Day France, and...
Family and Intimate relationships Gwen Moffat
He had been diverted from physical training instruction in the RAF in 1951, following a horrific plane crash in Scotland, into the field of mountain rescue. From early 1952 he headed the RAF mountain rescue...


1 April 1918
The Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF) was founded to employ those women who had worked at air stations during the First World War as members of the British naval or military female forces, the Women's...
1 March 1919
The Royal Air Force began air-mail service between Folkestone in England, and Cologne in Germany, for the British occupation force in the Rhineland.
28 June 1939
The Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) was established for duty with the all-male Royal Air Force (RAF) in time of war. It was mobilized two months later, and in the Second World War gave a...
4 June 1940
Winston Churchill made one of his most famous war speeches in the House of Commons .
8 August-31 October 1940
The Battle of Britain was fought over Southeastern England between the German Luftwaffe and the English Royal Air Force Fighter Command .
24 August 1940
German bombs were dropped on London for the first time.
15 September 1940
This date later became unofficially known as Battle of Britain day: a massive Luftwaffe raid intended for the final defeat of the RAF was successfully countered with huge losses of German planes.
19 June 1941
The Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF, later the Women's Royal Air Force) and the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS, later the Women's Royal Army Corps) were granted military status.
28 March 1942
Arthur Bomber Harris began the RAF offensive against German cities: a night raid dropped incendiary bombs on residential areas in Lübeck.
30 May 1942
A thousand Royal Air Force bombers attacked Cologne in the first of a series of thousand-bomber raids.
5 September 1944
Ten days after Paris was liberated from the occupying Nazis , Le Havre on the French coast was flattened by RAF bombing.
22 June 1948
Passengers disembarked from the steamship Empire Windrush at Tilbury in Essex: four hundred and ninety young men from the Caribbean, especially Jamaica, most of them until recently servicemen with the RAF .
Phillips, Mark. “Windrush—the Passengers”. BBC History.
11 May 1963
The Committee of 100 (a disarmament group with which Pat Arrowsmith was associated, offshoot of CND ) held a demonstration at the RAF base at Marham in Norfolk.
27 August 1981
A group of thirty-six women left Cardiff on foot, to walk the 120 miles to the RAF base at Greenham Common near Newbury to protest against the plan for its use as a home for...
15 April 1986
Following years of deteriorating relations, the USA mounted bombing raids on Tripoli and other places in Libya in retaliation for alleged Libyan involvement in a discotheque bomb in West Berlin on 5 April.