Unless you are defending your family/friend/nation against evil – it is wrong for war and to shed blood.

Psalms 11:5 – The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

Those serving with the RFC or RNAS, then with the RAF, might have records at more than one location. To determine the records of certain squadrons, look for just numbers, leaving out Royal Air Force, Royal Flying Corps, and Royal Naval Air Service (and variations thereof) entirely. For suggestions about searching for photographs of operations, installations and planes in the Royal Air Force, see our photographs guide, and Roy Conyers Nesbit is The Royal Air Force in Camera 1939-1945, which includes suggestions about records held at the Public Record Office, which became the National Archives.

The Royal Air Force (RAF) came into existence as the worlds first independent air force in the First World War, on the 1 April 1918, by merging elements of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), which had been established itself in 1912, and Royal Naval Air Service, which had been formally separated from the air wings operated by the Admiralty in 1915. The Royal Air Force was formed on the 1 April 1918, through a merger between the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), which had been the aircraft operations branch of the British Army, and the Royal Naval Air Service, the aviation branch of the Royal Navy. The Royal Air Force (RAF), the youngest of Britains three Armed Services, was charged with air defence of the UK and with meeting international defence obligations.

Isaiah 60:18 – Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

RAF regiments continued post-World War II as a conventional arm of the service, charged with providing security for airfields and providing forward-operating air control personnel for British Army and Royal Marine Ground Forces. Over the following twenty years, the RAF was developed into a strategic bombing force. By the wars end, November 1918, the RAF had achieved aerial supremacy along the Western Front. General Hugh Trenchard was appointed Chief of Staff, and by December 1918, the RAF had over 22,000 planes and 291,000 men, making it the largest air force in the world.

Proverbs 3:31 – Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

The British Government became increasingly concerned with the growing strength of the Nazi German Luftwaffe, and Vice-Marshall Charles Portal, director of organisation in the Ministry of Air, was given the task of setting up 30 new airbases in the UK in 1938. Winston Churchill intervened personally, clearing the way for the Air Ministry to formally organise the US-based – or “Eagle” – squadrons in September 1940. The US therefore decided to request that the British, who had several Handley Page Hastings 4-engine transport planes from the Royal Air Forces 48th squadron, based at the RAF Changi in Singapore, carry out a series of missions from neighbouring Thailand to Laos, carrying troops and supplies to aid hill tribes in a covert war that was then underway. Although the FBI tried hard to impose strict compliance with the U.S. Neutrality Act, Americans found their way into the British, usually via the Royal Canadian Air Force.

According to the memories of my father, the reason American officials asked the British for covert missions from time to time was because, by that time, the air force operated by the U.S. and the Central Intelligence Agency included helicopters and single-engine and twin-engine planes, but not any four-engine jets. By the end of the war, the Royal Canadian Air Force had contributed over 30 squadrons for the service in the Royal Air Forces lineup, similarly, about one-quarter of personnel of the three-service joint helicopter command were Canadians. Under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in December 1939, air forces from the British Commonwealth countries trained for and formed Article XV Squadrons to service in RAF formations. University air squadrons, the first formed shortly after World War I, were established to train undergraduates in flying, and encourage them to enlist in the RAF as regular officers, the WWI-era graduates of which expanded greatly the activities of the university air squadrons.

Hebrews 10:30 – For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

The Womens Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF), a revival of the World War I-era Womens Royal Air Force (WRAF), came into existence as an independent service in June 1939, from the Army-sponsored Auxiliary Territorial Service, a body that had been formed a year before, and recruited Special Air Service companies. In April 1911, eight years after the American Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first flights in an independently powered, heavier-than-air plane, a British Army air battalion, Royal Engineers, was formed at Larkhill, Wiltshire. Before Britain developed its own nuclear weapons, the Royal Air Force was supplied with American nuclear weapons as part of the Project E. However, following development of its own arsenal, the British government elected to split the nations nuclear deterrent between the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navys submarines, on 16 February 1960, choosing at first to focus exclusively on the Air Forces V Bomber Fleet. Royal Air Force aircraft and equipment The Hawker Hurricane; Royal Air Force Although the majority of the Second World War was fought in the air by planes powered by piston engines, the final years of combat saw both sides adopting newly developed jet engines, and by the early 1960s had all but completely eliminated the piston engines from the Royal Air Force.

Romans 13:4 – For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

One of the most significant figures in development was Air Chief Marshal Edgar Ludlow-Hewitt, who was the commandant of the Royal Air Force Staff College (1926-30) and director of operations and intelligence in the Ministry of Air, then appointed commander-in-chief of Bomber Command in 1937.

You would get some of the best training, and as well as being paid for your learning, you would have a chance to travel around the world, participate in sports, and take on important roles within the Royal Air Force.

Titus 3:2 – To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.