Mission Statement

“To tell the story of the RAF Regiment, its Associated Forces and forerunners, in order that this history of the Corps is preserved for the Nation. It will acquire, collect, preserve and display all manner of artefacts, documents and other items that pertain to the Corps and its forerunners which will remain the property of the Collection unless directed by its Board of Trustees. It will be aligned closely with the RAF Museum and seek to widen the perspectives of the Corps role to the General Public.”

A collection of military books covering the history of the RAF Regiment

In Every Place – The RAF Armoured Cars in The Middle East 1921-1953 – Dr. Nigel W. M. Warwick

A fascinating and compelling account of over 30 years of distinguished service by the Royal Air Force Armoured Cars operating in Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, Aden, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.

Drawing on official records, personal diaries, letters and reminiscences, as well as the Author’s interviews with officers and airmen who served on the Royal Air Force Armoured Cars. The story covers not only the political, strategic and tactical context of operations, but also gives the view from the turret and driver’s seat.

A collection of military books covering the history of the RAF Regiment

AIRCRAFTMAN 1ST CLASS ROBERT QUIGLEY MM

By early 1943 the RAF Regt units which had landed in North West Africa, as part of Operation TORCH, were well established. They had been allotted to RAF fighter and light bomber Wings, defending advanced landing grounds.

One such unit was No 2744 Field Squadron which, together with No 4091 AA Flight was responsible for the airfields at Bône and Souk el Arba defending No 324 Fighter Wing.

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GERMAN SPECIAL FORCES – BRANDENBURGERS

Brandenburgers were the brainchild of Theodore Hippel, a German Commander who had served in the First World War and who had been converted to the concept of small daring units on hit and run raids.

Like David Sterling of the SAS, the Regular German Army dismissed Hippel’s revolutionary ideas. However, the German military intelligence service, The Abwehr, recognised the potential in his ideas.

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Stylish clothing for every occasion embroidered with the RAF Regiment motif

2721 FIELD SQUADRON – OP TORCH 1942

Formed as No 2721 Squadron at Mildenhall in July 1941, having been unnumbered from the previous April and absorbed into the RAF Regiment on 1 Feb 1942. Numbered, it moved to RAF Kenley in 1942, converting to a Field Squadron in October 1942.

One of 5 Field Squadrons allocated to the invasion of Algeria and Tunisia, in November 1942 – Operation Torch. It was to support No 325 Wing operating out of Algiers as a Naval Cooperation Wing.

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From backpacks and torches to Regiment drinking vessels, you'll find it all here

RAF REGIMENT ARTEFACTS

Come and explore the collection of artefacts held by the Heritage Centre relating to the history of the RAF Regiment from its formation in 1942 to the present day.

RAF Regiment 25-POUNDER FIELD GUN
RAF Regiment ALVIS FV603 SARACEN
RAF Regiment BOFORS 40MM L40-70
RAF Regiment FV106 SAMSON