September 6 – Roll of Honour

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By the age of 22 a young Belfast RAF officer educated at Methody and Queen’s had been decorated three times for his service with Bomber Command. This is the anniversary of his death over Germany. Six of the twelve on today’s roll are infanteers who died on this day in 1916 mainly on the Somme. Photo – Bristol Blenheim bombers. This week in 1939 a formation of 10 Bristol Blenheim bombers attacked the German fleet anchored at Wilhelmshaven. It was the first British air raid of the Second World War. Five of the planes were lost. Continue reading

Armagh air crewman amongst first fatalities of RAF in WW2

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RAF crest and eagle above the gateway portico and the Per Ardua ad Astra Star above the central tower at the Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey – a memorial dedicated to some 20,456 men and women from air forces of the British Empire who were lost in air and other operations during WW2. Continue reading