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RAF Tempsford
RAF TEMPSFORD is a former Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
station located 2.3 miles (3.7 km) north east of Sandy , Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
, England
England
and 4.4 miles (7.1 km) south of St. Neots , Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
, England. The airfield was perhaps the most secret airfield in the Second World War . It was home to the Special
Special
Duties Squadrons, No. 138 , which dropped Special Operations Executive
Special Operations Executive
(SOE) agents and their supplies into occupied Europe, and No. 161 , which specialised in personnel delivery and retrieval by landing in occupied Europe
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Short Stirling
The SHORT 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 under Royal Canadian Air Force
Royal Canadian Air Force
, located at CFB Trenton
CFB Trenton
in Trenton , Ontario
Ontario
. It originated as a squadron in the 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. CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Second World War
Second World War
* 1.2 Peacetime * 1.3 Korean War
Korean War
* 1.4 Post- Korean War
Korean War
to present day * 1.5 Aircraft * 2 Battle honours * 3 Activities related to the squadron * 4 Notes and references * 5 External links HISTORYSECOND WORLD WARNO
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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
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. As of 2016 it is in the process of forming ahead of standing up in January 2018 as the first British frontline squadron with the F-35 Lightning II
F-35 Lightning II

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Avro Lancaster
The 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 Halifax
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 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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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. CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 World War I * 1.2 World War II * 1.3 Post war * 2 Popular culture * 3 Aircraft operated * 4 See also * 5 References * 5.1 Notes * 5.2 Bibliography * 6 External links HISTORYWORLD WAR IFormed on 3 March 1918 at RAF Ford , near Yapton , West Sussex
West Sussex
, as No. 149 (NB) Squadron RFC , 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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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, 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
Montreal
. The codes are published biannually in the IATA Airline Coding Directory. IATA also provides codes for railway stations and for airport handling entities. A list of airports sorted by IATA code is available
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Consolidated B-24 Liberator
The CONSOLIDATED B-24 LIBERATOR is an American heavy bomber , designed by Consolidated Aircraft
Consolidated Aircraft
of San Diego, California
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
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 . HISTORYThe 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. 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. In 1942 the squadron moved to 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. The first raid it led as a marker squadron was on Düsseldorf on 1 January 1943
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Vickers Wellington
The VICKERS WELLINGTON was a British twin-engined, long-range medium bomber . It was designed during the mid-1930s at Brooklands in Weybridge, Surrey , led by Vickers-Armstrongs ' Chief Designer Rex Pierson ; a key feature of the aircraft is its geodesic fuselage structure, principally designed by Barnes Wallis . Development had been started in response to Air Ministry
Air Ministry
Specification B.9/32 ; issued in the middle of 1932, this called for a twin-engined day bomber capable of delivering higher performance than any previous design. Other aircraft developed to the same specification include the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley and the Handley Page Hampden
Handley Page Hampden
. During the development process, performance requirements such as for the tare weight changed substantially, as well as the powerplant for the type being swapped
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Croix De Guerre
The CROIX DE GUERRE (French: , Cross of War) is a military decoration of France
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
World War I
, again in World War II
World War II
, and in other conflicts. The Croix de guerre was also commonly bestowed on foreign military forces allied to France. The 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 : La Résistance) was the collection of French resistance movements that fought against the Nazi German occupation of France and against the collaborationist Vichy régime during the Second World War
Second World War
. Résistance cells were small groups of armed men and women (called the Maquis in rural areas), 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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List Of Wings Of The Royal Air Force
WINGS within the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
have both administrative and tactical applications. Over the years, the structure and role of wings has changed to meet the demands placed on the RAF. Many of the RAF's numbered wings were originally Royal Flying Corps
Royal Flying Corps
(RFC) or Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) units. Wings can be found at every station in the RAF and also abroad, deployed on operations. CONTENTS* 1 Wings by number * 1.1 No. 1 Wing
Wing
– No. 99 Wing
Wing
* 1.2 No. 100 Wing
Wing
– No. 199 Wing
Wing
* 1.3 No. 200 Wing
Wing
– No. 299 Wing
Wing
* 1.4 No. 300 Wing
Wing
– No. 499 Wing
Wing
* 1.5 No. 500 Wing
Wing
– No
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List Of Royal Air Force Aircraft Squadrons
Squadrons are the main form of flying unit of the Royal Air Force (RAF). These include Royal Flying Corps
Royal Flying Corps
(RFC) and Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) squadrons incorporated into the RAF when it was formed on 1 April 1918, during the First World War
First World War
. Other squadrons of the RAF include those from Commonwealth air forces which have served within the RAF structure and squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm
Fleet Air Arm
before it transferred to the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
in 1939. Some squadrons have an individual tradition of presenting their squadron number in Roman numerals or using a suffix to their squadron number (such as "(F)" for "Fighter", "(B)" for "Bomber" or "(AC)" for "Army Co-operation") to indicate a past or present role. An example would be No. 18 (Bomber) Squadron RAF which currently actually operates the heavy-lift Chinook helicopter
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List Of Royal Air Force Aircraft Independent Flights
This is a LIST OF ROYAL AIR FORCE INDEPENDENT FLIGHTS. An independent Flight is a military administrative structure which is used to command flying units where the number of aircraft is not large enough to warrant a fully fledged squadron
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List Of Royal Air Force Stations
This LIST OF RAF STATIONS is a list of all current Royal Air Force stations , airfields , and administrative headquarters of the Royal Air Force . Also included are airfields operated by the Ministry of Defence but no longer considered as RAF stations, MOD air weapons ranges and stations operated by the US Visiting Forces. CONTENTS* 1 RAF stations and MOD airfields in the UK * 1.1 Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
(RAF) * 1.2 Ministry of Defence (MOD) * 2 RAF stations operated by the United States
United States
Visiting Forces * 3 MOD air weapons ranges * 4 RAF stations and locations overseas * 4.1 Permanent Joint Operating Bases * 4.2 Semi-permanent operations * 5 Map of stations within the UK * 6 See also * 7 References * 7.1 Citations * 7.2 Bibliography * 8 External links RAF STATIONS AND MOD AIRFIELDS IN THE UKROYAL AIR FORCE (RAF) Airbus A-330 Voyager at RAF Brize Norton
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