Pocket Britain

Hidden RAF Heritage in the Nations Capital

The Royal Air Force was founded in 1918, towards the end of the First World War, by merging the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. During the inter-war years, the RAF was greatly reduced in size and it was used to "police" the British Empire. The RAF underwent rapid expansion prior to and during the Second World War. During the war it was responsible for the aerial defence of Great Britain, the strategic bombing campaign against Germany and tactical support to the British Army around the world. This role was undertaken with great effect and using the words of Churchill, the Battle of the Britain was the RAF's finest hour.
During the Cold War, the main role of the RAF was the defence of the continent of Europe against potential attack by the Soviet Union, including holding the UK's nuclear deterrent for a number of years. After the Cold War, the RAF was involved in several large scale operations, including the Gulf War, the Kosovo War, the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War.
The RAF is the oldest independent air force and its amazing history continues into the 21st century as one of the worlds most capable and technologically sophisticated air forces.
Battle of Britain Monument
A physical memory of World War II's crucial conflict
London During the Blitz
A failed attempt to break the morale of the British people by indiscriminate bombing and an important phase of WW2
St Clement Danes
An ancient church, which is now the RAF's central church
RAF Museum London
One of the greatest aviation museums in the world

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