6 January
An agreement establishing exchange postings between the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the United States Army Air Force (later, the US Air Force) is announced.

Following unrest in Aden, a dissident fort at Jebel Jihaf is attacked by Royal Air Force (RAF) armoured cars and troops of the Aden Protectorate Levies. de Havilland Mosquitoes of No.8 Squadron also carried out a rocket attack on the fort.

Non-essential civilians are evacuated from Palestine aboard the Handley Page Halifax A9 transport aircraft of No.113 Squadron (Operation Polly). A total of 508 passengers were flown to Egypt in two days.

Following the murder of a political agent, RAF Hawker Tempest VI and de Havilland Mosquito FBVI aircraft of No.8 Squadron attack the village of Al Hussain near the Aden-Yemen border.

30 April – 1 May
A de Havilland Mosquito flown by Squadron Leader H.B. ‘Micky’ Martin (later, Air Marshal Sir Harold Martin) and Squadron Leader E.B. Sismore establish a new London-Cape Town record, covering a distance of 6,717 miles in 21 hours 31 minutes at an average speed of 279mph.

1 June
The first Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve flying squadron (No.1831 Squadron) is formed at Stretton. The squadron was equipped with Supermarine Seafire fighters.

15 August
The RAF School of Aeronautical Engineering at RAF Henlow is renamed the RAF Technical College.

31 August
de Havilland test pilot Group Captain John Cunningham establishes a new 100 kilometre closed circuit speed record of 496mph in a de Havilland Vampire 1.

18 September
The United States Air Force (USAF) becomes a separate military service.

Following a series of lootings, the village of Thumier in Aden is substantially destroyed in a punitive attack carried out by the Hawker Tempests of No.8 Squadron RAF, supported by Avro Lincoln heavy bombers belonging to a detachment of No.101 Squadron. In an effort to minimise civilian casualties, leaflets warning of the attack had been dropped on Thumier prior to this action.

29 November
The United Nations General Assembly passes the Plan of Partition, proposed by the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine, by a two-thirds majority. Under this plan, Palestine was to be partitioned into separate Arab and Jewish states, all British forces were to be withdrawn and all British military equipment removed or destroyed by 14 May 1948.

16 December
The Auxiliary Air Force was granted the prefix ‘Royal’.