By Kingsley M. Oliver

Born out of necessity at nighttime days of the warfare, the RAF Regiment came upon itself within the thick of the motion assisting the very important operations in all theaters. This accomplished checklist in their operations offers the clearest indication of the contribution that the Regiment made and comprises many first hand debts of the combating, together with the 1st shooting-down of a jet plane, the Me 262A-2a Sturmvogel in November 1944. because of their impressive contributions to the luck of RAF operations in WW2, the Regiment turned an everlasting a part of the RAF.

this can be the authentic heritage of the RAF Regiment from its starting place 60 years in the past to the aftermath of hostilities.

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