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Enjoy lunch in the Refuel Restaurant with views overlooking the airfield. The Citroen Van in the National Cold War Exhibition is ideal for morning coffee and a cake.
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When you need to refuel during your visit why not visit the Wessex Café in Historic Hangars? At this eatery you will find a variety of delicious home-made offerings to suit all tastes and pockets
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Two of our Trustees set out on an epic walk-a-thon in aid of the RAF Museum Centenary Programme.
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The Royal Air Force Museum American Foundation ensures that the shared aviation heritage of the USA and the UK is kept alive in the memories of our two great nations.
"If Fighter Command was the defensive guard, Bomber Command would supply 'a straight left'."
Richard Overy, The Battle (2000)
During the Battle RAF Fighter Command defended the British Isles against German attacks but it was left to RAF Bomber Command to maintain the long-held faith in the Trenchard Doctrine of strategic bombing that attack was the best form of defence.
Bomber Command, although poorly equipped with medium bombers and lacking sufficient technology to bomb accurately, continually assaulted German military and industrial targets. However the appearance of taking the fight to the enemy was just as important in raising the morale of the British population as was the actual damage inflicted on the enemy.
Like the RAF the Luftwaffe struggled to create a viable night fighter defence. In these early days adverse weather and flak defences were responsible for many of the British losses.
It is questionable how effective bombing attacks against German industrial targets was at this time but certainly the relentless campaign waged by RAF bombers against German forward airfields, invasion ports, barges and vessels in France, Belgium and Holland placed a significant check on Hitler's invasion plans.
Bomber Command suffered heavier casualties than any other RAF command during the Battle of Britain, with a total of 718 personnel lost.
Bristol Blenheim IV aircraft of 40 Squadron taxying at RAF Wyton, July 1940.
During the Battle Bomber Command relied on medium bombers such as the Blenheim, Hampden, Wellington and Whitley to take the fight into Germany.
The five-man crew of an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk. V walk away from their aircraft at RAF Driffield, 1940.
They wear various items of flying clothing including the Irvin Harnessuit which was issued to Bomber Command crews from May 1940.
German Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels inspects a bomb damaged street in Berlin following the first RAF raids on the city.
The bombing of Berlin marked a turning point in the Battle of Britain and Hitler's demands that the Luftwaffe retaliate against London provided Fighter Command's stations and squadrons with much needed relief at a critical time.
An aerial reconnaissance photograph of German invasion barges in Boulogne harbour
An aerial reconnaissance photograph of German invasion barges in Boulogne harbour.
These invasion barges were a prime target for Bomber Command during the Battle of Britain and the damage they inflicted on them was a critical factor in Hitler's decision to postpone the invasion of Britain on 17 September 1940.
The shell-torn rear gunner's compartment of an 83 Squadron Handley Page Hampden Mk. I
The shell-torn rear gunner's compartment of an 83 Squadron Handley Page Hampden Mk. I.
It was during this sortie against invasion barges in the port of Antwerp on 15 September 1940 that the aircraft's wireless operator/air gunner, FS John Hannah, earned the Victoria Cross for saving the burning aircraft.
Flt Lt Roderick "Babe" Learoyd of 49 Squadron was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery during an attack on the Dortmund-Ems Canal on 12 August 1940. The raid put the canal out of action for ten days and seriously impeded the movement of invasion barges to the coast.
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