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RAF Tempsford
RAF Tempsford
Tempsford
is a former Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
station located 2.3 miles (3.7 km) north east of Sandy, Bedfordshire, England
England
and 4.4 miles (7.1 km) south of St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, England. As part of the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
Special
Special
Duty Service, the airfield was perhaps the most secret airfield of the Second World War. It was home to 138 ( Special
Special
Duty) Squadron and 161 ( Special
Special
Duty) Squadron, which dropped supplies and agents into occupied Europe for the Special Operations Executive (SOE)
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International Air Transport Association Airport Code
An IATA airport code, also known as an IATA location identifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier,[1] is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association
International Air Transport Association
(IATA). The characters prominently displayed on baggage tags attached at airport check-in desks are an example of a way these codes are used. The assignment of these codes is governed by IATA Resolution 763, and it is administered by IATA headquarters in Montreal. The codes are published semiannually in the IATA Airline Coding Directory.[2] IATA also provides codes for railway stations and for airport handling entities. A list of airports sorted by IATA code is available. A list of railway station codes, shared in agreements between airlines and rail lines such as Amtrak, SNCF
SNCF
French Rail, and Deutsche Bahn, is available
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No. 617 Squadron RAF
No. 617 Squadron was a Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
aircraft squadron based at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. It is commonly known as the "Dambusters", for its actions during Operation Chastise
Operation Chastise
against German dams during the Second World War. In the early 21st century it operated the Tornado GR4 in the ground attack and reconnaissance role until being disbanded in the Spring of 2014. The squadron is expected to return to RAF Marham during 2018 as the first British frontline squadron with the F-35 Lightning II.Contents1 History1.1 Between the wars 1.2 Second World War 1.3 Post-war2 Aircraft operated 3 Battle honours 4 Commanding officers4.1 1943 – 1955 4.2 1958 – 1981 4.3 1983 – 20145 See also 6 References6.1 Notes 6.2 Bibliography7 External linksHistory[edit]This section needs additional citations for verification
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Consolidated B-24 Liberator
The Consolidated B-24 Liberator
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
is an American heavy bomber, designed by Consolidated Aircraft
Consolidated Aircraft
of San Diego, California. It was known within the company as the Model 32, and some initial models were laid down as export models designated as various LB-30s, in the Land Bomber design category. At its inception, the B-24 was a modern design featuring a highly efficient shoulder-mounted, high aspect ratio Davis wing. The wing gave the Liberator a high cruise speed, long range and the ability to carry a heavy bomb load. Early RAF Liberators were the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
as a matter of routine. However, the type was difficult to fly and had poor low speed performance. It also had a lower ceiling and was less robust than the Boeing
Boeing
B-17 Flying Fortress
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No. 109 Squadron RAF
No. 109 Squadron RAF was an aircraft squadron of the Royal Air Force. History[edit] The squadron first formed on 1 November 1917 as 109 Squadron Royal Flying Corps at South Carlton and began training on the de Havilland DH.9 bomber but was disbanded on 19 August 1918 without becoming operational.[2] Reformed on 10 December 1940 from the Wireless Intelligence Development Unit at RAF Boscombe Down
RAF Boscombe Down
operating a variety of aircraft. The main task was to identify German radio beams and to develop methods to jam them, its secondary role was to develop wireless and radar navigation aids for Bomber Command.[3] In 1942 the squadron moved to RAF Stradishall
RAF Stradishall
with the twin-engined Mosquito light bomber fitted with Oboe and then, soon, to RAF Wyton
RAF Wyton
where it operated as part of the Pathfinder Force
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International Civil Aviation Organization Airport Code
The ICAO (/ˌaɪˌkeɪˈoʊ/, eye-KAY-oh) airport code or location indicator is a four-letter code designating aerodromes around the world. These codes are defined by the International Civil Aviation Organization, and published in ICAO Document 7910: Location Indicators are used by air traffic control and airline operations such as flight planning. ICAO codes are also used to identify other aviation facilities such as weather stations, International Flight Service Stations or Area Control Centers, whether or not they are located at airports. Flight information regions are also identified by a unique ICAO-code.Contents1 History 2 ICAO codes vs
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Handley Page Halifax
The Handley Page
Handley Page
Halifax was a Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
(RAF) four-engined heavy bomber of the Second World War. It was developed by Handley Page to the same specification as the contemporary of the Avro Lancaster, and the Short Stirling, all three aircraft being four-engined heavy bombers. The Halifax has its origins in the twin-engine HP56 proposal of the late 1930s, which had been produced in response to the British Air Ministry's Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use"
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No. 149 Squadron RAF
No. 149 Squadron RAF
No. 149 Squadron RAF
was a Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
Squadron between 1918 and 1956. Formed 1918 in the Royal Flying Corps
Royal Flying Corps
as a night-bomber unit, it remained in that role for the rest of its existence which spanned three periods between 1918 and 1956.Contents1 History1.1 World War I 1.2 World War II 1.3 Post war2 Popular culture 3 Aircraft operated 4 See also 5 References5.1 Notes 5.2 Bibliography6 External linksHistory[edit] World War I[edit] Formed on 3 March 1918 at RAF Ford, near Yapton, West Sussex, as No. 149 (NB) Squadron RFC,[8] the squadron soon moved to France for night bombing missions above occupied France and Belgium, flying Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2s
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Short Stirling
The Short Stirling
Stirling
was a British four-engined heavy bomber of the Second World War. It has the distinction of being the first four-engined bomber to be introduced into service with the Royal Air Force (RAF). The Stirling
Stirling
was designed during the late 1930s by Short Brothers
Short Brothers
to conform with the requirements laid out in Air Ministry
Air Ministry
Specification B.12/36. Prior to this, the RAF had been primarily interested in developing increasingly capable twin-engined bombers but had been persuaded to investigate a prospective four-engined bomber as a result of promising foreign developments in the field. Out of the submissions made to the specification, Supermarine
Supermarine
proposed the Type 317 which was viewed as the favourite, while Short's submission, named the S.29, was selected as an alternative
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No. 426 Squadron RCAF
426 Transport Training Squadron is a unit of the Canadian Forces
Canadian Forces
under Royal Canadian Air Force, located at CFB Trenton
CFB Trenton
in Trenton, Ontario. It originated as a squadron in the Royal Canadian Air Force
Royal Canadian Air Force
(RCAF) that fought during the Second World War
Second World War
as a bomber squadron. The motto of the squadron is "On Wings of Fire" and the squadron's badge contains a Thunderbird. The badge refers to the squadron's Thunderbird designation.[3]Contents1 History1.1 Second World War 1.2 Peacetime 1.3 Korean War 1.4 Post- Korean War
Korean War
to present day 1.5 Aircraft2 Battle honours 3 Activities related to the squadron 4 Notes and references 5 External linksHistory[edit] Second World War[edit] No
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Avro Lancaster
The Avro
Avro
Lancaster is a British four-engined Second World War heavy bomber. It was designed and manufactured by Avro
Avro
as a contemporary of the Handley Page
Handley Page
Halifax, both bombers having been developed to the same specification, as well as the Short Stirling, all three aircraft being four-engined heavy bombers adopted by the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
(RAF) during the same wartime era. The Lancaster has its origins in the twin-engine Avro
Avro
Manchester
Manchester
which had been developed during the late 1930s in response to the Air Ministry Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use"
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RAF Bourn
Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
Bourn
Bourn
or more simply RAF Bourn
Bourn
is a former Royal Air Force station located 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Bourn, Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
and 6.9 miles (11.1 km) west of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.Contents1 History 2 Post-war 3 Current use 4 See also 5 References5.1 Bibliography6 External linksHistory[edit]The crew of the Short Stirling
Short Stirling
Mark I, N3669 'LS-H', of No. 15 Squadron RAF watch as the scoreboard tally on their aircraft is chalked up with their 62nd raid, at Bourn, Cambridgeshire
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Croix De Guerre
The Croix de Guerre
Croix de Guerre
(French: [kʁwa də ɡɛʁ], Cross of War) is a military decoration of France. It was first created in 1915 and consists of a square-cross medal on two crossed swords, hanging from a ribbon with various degree pins. The decoration was awarded during World War I, again in World War II, and in other conflicts. The Croix de Guerre was also commonly bestowed on foreign military forces allied to France.[1] The Croix de Guerre
Croix de Guerre
may either be awarded as an individual or unit award to those soldiers who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism involving combat with the enemy. The medal is awarded to those who have been "mentioned in dispatches", meaning a heroic deed or deeds were performed meriting a citation from an individual's headquarters unit
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French Resistance
The French Resistance
French Resistance
(French: La Résistance) was the collection of French movements that fought against the Nazi German occupation of France and against the collaborationist Vichy régime during the Second World War. Resistance cells were small groups of armed men and women (called the Maquis in rural areas),[2][3] who, in addition to their guerrilla warfare activities, were also publishers of underground newspapers, providers of first-hand intelligence information, and maintainers of escape networks that helped Allied soldiers and airmen trapped behind enemy lines
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International Standard Book Number
"ISBN" redirects here. For other uses, see ISBN (other).International Standard Book
Book
NumberA 13-digit ISBN, 978-3-16-148410-0, as represented by an EAN-13 bar codeAcronym ISBNIntroduced 1970; 48 years ago (1970)Managing organisation International ISBN AgencyNo. of digits 13 (formerly 10)Check digit Weighted sumExample 978-3-16-148410-0Website www.isbn-international.orgThe International Standard Book
Book
Number (ISBN) is a unique[a][b] numeric commercial book identifier. Publishers purchase ISBNs from an affiliate of the International ISBN Agency.[1] An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation (except reprintings) of a book. For example, an e-book, a paperback and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, and 10 digits long if assigned before 2007
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Special
Special
Special
or specials may refer to:Contents1 Music 2 Film and television 3 Other uses 4 See alsoMusic[edit] Special
Special
(album), a 1992
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