Royal Air Force

The Royal Air Force aka RAF is a aerial warfare service branch for the British Military. It was formed on 1st April 1918. To-date, it's the oldest independent air force in the world

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Royal Air Force

How many members of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve were killed during world war 2?

As the majority of aircrew recruited during WWII were RAFVR (Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) I am trying to find out how many were killed during the war. I am an ex-member of 7006 Flt, RAFVR and have noticed that the majority of names on war memorials contain the service dedication of "RAFVR" and not "RAF". 95% of bomber command in 1943 were RAFVR, until an order issued by the Air Command allowing the removal of the brass "VR" collar dogs for officers and the cloth "VR" badge worn by the other ranks on the shoulders above the rank markings. As bomber command was 95% VR, I want to know how many "RAF" were actually "RAFVR".

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How big a part did the Royal Air Force play in world war 2?

They were enormously important they were responsible for the defeat of the Luftwaffe the German air force their los of air superiority meant the beginning of the end for Germany.

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Why are the royal air force in Canada?

For training purposes. The British Army also have a base there.

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How old in the royal air force?

The RAF was formed from the Royal Flying Corps on the 1st April 1918.

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Do the royal air force still have a bomber command?

No. In 1968 RAF Bomber Command was merged with RAF Fighter Command to create RAF Strike Command.

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How much money can you earn in the royal air force?

They get paid £23475

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In the battle out Britain the royal air force saved Britain from?

the German air force

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Why did the Germans need to destroy the royal air force?

in order to mount a seaborne invation of England. Germans had to have air superiorty for such an invastion

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Can you still be in the royal air force if your color blind?

Yes you can but you must pass a color vision test before becoming a pilot.

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Which Royal Air Force did Hitler wanted to destroy in 1939?

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) was upsetting Hitlers plans by steadfastly fighting back and refusing to be destroyed.

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The british royal air force was better known as?

RAF

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How did the use of radar by the British Royal Air Force save lives?

Because it gave them early warning when the Luftwaffe or German air force were about to attack somewhere across the English Chanel . the RAF had time to challenge them & down them before they got to there destination.

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What is the name of the 1963 movie based on Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Roger Bushnell's tunneling plan to escape from a German airman Prisoner of War camp on March 24 1944?

The Great Escape

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Was the royal air force around in 1960?

The Royal Air Force was established in 1916 as the Royal Flying Corps.

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Why did Hitler order an attack on the british royal air force?

Because they were a threat to his proposed invasion in 1940

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What are the ranks of the royal air force?

Starting at the bottom;

Aircraftman,

Leading Aircraftman,

Senior Aircraftman,

Lance Corporal,

Corporal,

Sergeant,

Flight Sergeant,

Warrant Officer,

Officer Cadet,

Pilot Officer,

Flying Officer,

Flight Lieutenant,

Squadron Leader,

Wing Commander,

Group Captain,

Air Commodore,

Air Vice-Marshal,

Air Marshal,

Air Chief Marshal,

Marshal of the RAF.

ANS 2 The "Lance Corporal" rank exists ONLY in the RAF Regiment. In general service in the RAF this position is " Junior Technician"

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What is the abbreviation for Royal Air Force?

The letters R A F, standing for Royal Air Force

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What is the highest ranking officer in the Royal Air Force?

Air Cheif Marshal in peace time, However there is an Honoray rank of "Marshal of the Royal Air Force" which is an active rank in war time.

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John coughlan royal air force?

29 Years as Royal Air Force Armourer: March 1977 to June 2006

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How much money do you earn in the royal air force?

It doesnt matter how much you earn because it all depends on your job in the Royal air force and which rank you are. As an NCO (non commitioned officer} you would probably earn the most at warrant officer rank and at Officer ranks it is probably one of the Air Marshals. But like i said it depends on the job you do in the air force but also the lenght of service you do.

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Can a naturalised not born British citizen rise up to the top level air ranks in Royal Air Force?

Yes, I remember a newspaper obituary suggesting just that concerning a veteran of WW2.

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How do you write the address on a letter to an air vice marshal of the royal air force?

The address, if a formal letter, should state the whole rank, Title, name and/or initials, surname and decorations, ending in RAF or RAF (Retd) as appropriate. Abbreviations may be used but should then be used throughout the body of the letter too, including the date. This is the old-school Service way of things though there are newer approaches I understand. Example 1: AVM Sir John Smith, AFC, BA, RAF The Lodge Crinkling in the Wold Example 2: Air Vice Marshal IM Grate VC, DFC, AFC, RAF (Retired) Etc, etc

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Royal Air Force

Why is it the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy but just the British Army?

Many Regiments and most Corps (eg Royal Artillery; Royal Engineers; Royal Logistic Corps; Royal Corps of Signals; Royal Irish Regt; Royal Tank Regt) have "Royal" as part of their titles; others (eg The Parachute Regt; The Rifles; The Intelligence Corps; the Guards Regts) do not.

Historically, the British Army is a "blended" army evolved over many centuries via the gradual merging of different elements: eg Royal Household Troops (ie the "personal" troops of the Monarch); the forces of Parliament (The New Model Army) of the Civil Wars period; the Scottish Armies; feudal levies, militia forces, and mercenary forces (especially Welsh and Irish), plus, more recently, residual elements of Empire forces - notably the Gurkhas (by treaty arrangement with the Government of Nepal), and also the thousands of Commonwealth Citizens (eg West Indians; Fijiians; Africans, and even some South Africans, Australians, New Zealanders, plus, of course, the numerous Irish Citizens) who continue to enlist today.

There have always been "armies" of various types throughout the long history of the British Isles, but to whom exactly they answered, and on what basis, varied considerably by time and place, and according to the politics of particular eras. The first truly "professional" army in England was Cromwell's "New Model Army" - a Parliamentarian army established to fight the Royalist Army of Charles I.

Strictly speaking, there has only been a "British Army" per se since the merging of the two kingdoms of Scotland and England by the Act of Union, 1707. Later in the C18th, the largely clan based Highland "Jacobite" forces (once defeated by Government forces) were incorporated into the British Army as essentially clan centred regiments, ensuring their loyalty to the "new order" by continuing emphasis on primary allegiance to "clan" rather than "Government" or "Crown" which they, henceforth, actually served.

Today, British soldiers (like all members of the British Armed Forces) swear allegiance to the Crown (ie the reigning monarch), who SYMBOLISES the British State, but who has VIRTUALLY NO POLITICAL POWER. Beyond this, however, the first loyalty of individual soldiers still tends to be to "The Regiment". The Army is under the control of the elected Government of the day: Parliament MUST confirm the continuing legitimacy of the Army by renewing "The Army Act" every 5 years - ie the Army only exists by consent of Parliament.

The British Army is, in many ways, a confederation of "tribes" and "clubs", all having unique and diverse histories and origins - some closely associated with the Royal Household, but others very much not so! In recognition of this very peculiar history, and in order not to upset the equilibrium of what eventually emerged as a fairly coherent "national army" (which is, in fact, very "multinational", and often quite "tribal"!), it was generally thought best not to give the "British Army" as a whole the "Royal" prefix.

The Royal Navy and Royal Air Force were, in contrast, founded at specific times either by ruling monarchs (ie the English and Scottish Medieval kings) or by the British Parliament (the RAF was formally established from Army and Royal Navy elements as an entirely new Armed Service in 1918), and, therefore, legally/ constitutionally were always "Forces of the Crown" from their creation.

In short, then, the RN and RAF were established by ruling monarchs, or rather their elected governments, at specific times, whereas the British Army evolved gradually over centuries from very diverse elements which were eventually taken under the full control and direction of the British State.

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What was the British Royal Air Force know as?

It was and still is known as the RAF.

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How much does a retired officer earn from the Royal Air Force?

That would depend on his rank when he left the RAF.

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