The Royal Auxiliary Air Force (ePub)
Commemorating 100 Years of Service
Owing its origins to Lord Trenchard’s desire to establish an elite corps of civilians who would serve their country in flying squadrons during their spare time, the Auxiliary Air Force (AAF) was first formed in October 1924. Today, the Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF) is the primary reinforcement capability for the regular RAF. It consists of paid volunteers who, at weekends, evenings and holidays, train to support the RAF, particularly in times of national emergency and conflict.
This has seen the AAF play important roles in the Battle of Britain, its squadrons claiming 30 per cent of enemy ‘kills’. Other notable achievements by AAF pilots include the first German aircraft destroyed over the British mainland and its territorial waters, the first U-boat to be destroyed with the aid of airborne radar, the first destruction of a V-1 flying bomb, and an AAF squadron claimed the highest score of any British night fighter squadron. It was an AAF squadron which was the first to be equipped with jet-powered aircraft.
Receiving ‘Royal’ status in 1947 in recognition of its contribution to victory in the Second World War, the RAuxAF also came to the fore during the Cold War providing home defence as the regular squadrons were shipped to hotspots around the world. In more recent times, squadrons and personnel of the RAuxAF have seen action in Iraq and Afghanistan
This book presents, for the first time, the history and development of all the squadrons and units that made up the Auxiliary and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, including the Balloon Squadrons, the Maritime Headquarters Units, Fighter Control and Radar Reporting Units, Royal Auxiliary Air Force Regiments and of course the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force.
These devoted warriors continue to serve alongside the regular forces in defence of the United Kingdom, ready to be called into action whenever their country is in time of need.
"This book should take its place as a key reference work for any student of UK reserve service and wider military history."MJ WADE - Flight Lieutenant, No 614 (County of Glamorgan) Sqn RAF Reserves
This book is a well researched and excellent overview of 100 years of service of the Force in war and in peace.R G Kemp Gp Capt CBE QVRM AE DL
Overall Wilkinson’s / Freeman’s book is an excellent review of the AAF / RAuxAF to mark the centenary of the Force. I am sure that the book will be well sought after as we approach 2024.
Article: "The RAF’s supporting act always has plenty in reserve - Celebrating 100 years of Lord Trenchard’s RAuxAF"RAF New - September 8th 2023
Review as featured inThe Armourer
For the first time in recent years, we have a book which brings together not only the whole panoply of the RAuxAF’s peacetime and wartime activities throughout its illustrious history but also the very rationale for having and retaining a part-time volunteer air arm. It also provides a wealth of statistical data including a timeline about the Force, its units and its people which is not readily available elsewhere. Inasmuch, it is a perfect point-of-call for anyone wishing to find out more about the RAuxAF and its achievements over the past hundred years and will undoubtedly be regarded as a principal point of reference on the subject for many years come.RAuxAF Foundation - Gp Capt Richard Mighall
As featured byThe Royal Auxiliary Air Foundation
As featured byLondon Calling, the journal of the London at War Study Group.
"Well researched and readable."Battle of Britain Memorial Trust website
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