The RAF Regiment at War, 1942-1946 by Kingsley M. Oliver

By Kingsley M. Oliver

Born out of necessity at midnight days of the conflict, the RAF Regiment stumbled on itself within the thick of the motion helping the very important operations in all theaters. This complete checklist in their operations supplies the clearest indication of the contribution that the Regiment made and contains many first hand debts of the scuffling with, together with the 1st shooting-down of a jet airplane, the Me 262A-2a Sturmvogel in November 1944. due to their notable contributions to the luck of RAF operations in WW2, the Regiment turned an enduring a part of the RAF.

this is often the authentic heritage of the RAF Regiment from its starting place 60 years in the past to the aftermath of hostilities.

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