Britain at War - April 2008

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FEATURES

RAF 90 ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
The Royal Air Force is 90! Formed on 1 April 1918, the RAF is the oldest independent air force in the world. Its ninety year existence has its aircraft and personnel involved in a multitude of conflicts big and small.

SO WHO REALLY WON THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN?
In September 2006, an article in the magazine History Today claimed that the Battle of Britain was not won by the brave men of Fighter Command but by the Royal Navy. Yet, as historian and author John Grehan explains in this thought-provoking investigation, it was neither of these two forces that saved Britain from invasion in 1940.

TARGET BERCHTESGADEN!
The war was almost at an end when the men and aircraft of No.460 Squadron took off, as part of a much larger Bomber Command force, on their last bombing mission. One of the crews, however, would earn themselves the dubious distinction of not only being the second to last Bomber Command crew shot down in the Second World War, but also the very last on operations from No. 460 Squadron. The target for that raid had been, writes Ken Wright, Hitler's Alpine Fortress.

TRAIN AND DIE
Over 55,000 members of the RAF's Bomber Command were killed during the Second World War. While the vast majority of these were killed during the operations against targets in Europe, a fair proportion died while in training squadrons. It is somewhat ironic, writes James Hendrie, that these young aircrews had to dice with death even before they took part in their missions over enemy territory.

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