Category: Reference

SEAC Losses – Westland Lysander

Lysander N1273 , BF-C of No.28 Squadron.  Crashed on Take Off Kohat. Sgt RIDLEY attempted to take off in coarse pitch, failed to gain height and crashed outside the airfield perimeter. Pilot escaped unhurt, but aircraft was written off. In…

RAF personnel strength in the Second World War

Ross McNeil’s posts at http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?13206-RAF-Manpower-and-Deferred-Service Another table from the AHB Monograph on RAF Manning. This table gives snapshots of the number of Officers and Other Ranks serving in the R.A.F. Strength of Officers and Other Ranks (R.A.F. And W.A.A.F.) – September…

P-47 Thunderbolt with the RAF

Courtesy: Joe Baugher The Royal Air Force was supplied with a total of 830 P-47Ds. In RAF service, the “razorback” P-47D was known as the Thunderbolt I and the “bubble canopy” P-47D was known as Thunderbolt II. Thunderbolt Is were…

RAF War Dead in Asia during WW2

A related post elsewhere got me searching on the casualty figures that the RAF incurred in South East Asia  cover India, Burma and the Pacific. The main source that I could fall back on was the CWGC Database . Using…

War Establishment of a Hurricane Squadron

Ever wondered what was the Unit establishment of a Hurricane Squadron? How many pilots, Sgt Pilots, airmen, mechanics, warrant offices, fitters, armourers etc was it authorised? or how many Dhobis, Cooks, Sweepers and Mess Waiters it had on strength (only…