The Headlines on this Day…

Monday 7th of December 1914 King George Meets King Albert and Reviews Belgium Soldiers King George Visits the Troops King George’s historic visit to his soldiers is at an end, and his majesty is back in London. Regardless of all personal danger, he visited trenches while shells were bursting but a little distance away. “That … Continue reading The Headlines on this Day…

25th of October – On this Day Special

World War 1 25th of October 1917 VC Hero at Passchendaele Passchendaele The third battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) is now into a third month. The British currently hold Hill 60, a spoil heap on the Ypres-Comines railway. It was during this battle that 2nd Lieutenant Hugh Colvin from Burnley Earned his Victoria Cross. Colvin started … Continue reading 25th of October – On this Day Special

October 15th – On this Day in…

Ajax Again – Sinks 3 Italians October 15th, 1940 HMS Ajax HMS Ajax, the famous cruiser which battered the Graf Spee in the River Plate battle , has sunk 2 Italian destroyers and, in the face of heavy odds, crippled another in two brilliant Mediterranean Actions. HMS York finished off the damaged vessel and then … Continue reading October 15th – On this Day in…

October 12th – On this Day in…

RAF Strike by Day and Night October 12th 1941 Blenheim Bombers After daylight sweeps over the channel in which RAF fighters shot down seven enemy fighter aircraft for the loss of two aircraft, the RAF carried out another fierce bombing raid on the French side of the channel the same night. Large fires were set … Continue reading October 12th – On this Day in…

October 11th – On this Day in…

October 11th, 1940 Navy Guns Nazi Port Royal Navy in Action Big guns of the Royal Navy carried out a terrific bombardment of the Nazi held port of Cherbourg. Helped by RAF spotting planes the Navy blazed away at the docks, and shipping, and the fires could be seen some forty miles away. An RAF … Continue reading October 11th – On this Day in…

On this Day in…

R.A.F. Harassing Italians Mussolini’s Desert Problems 8th of October 1940 British in Egypt The RAF has pursued its harassing of the Italians in Egypt with a bomber attack on a motor transport concentration and army tents near Sidi Barrani. Sidi Barrani is the farthest point attained by the Italians in last months advance into Egypt, … Continue reading On this Day in…

7th of October

One Fatality in Long Raid 7th of October 1940 - Liverpool Hit by Waves of Planes German Bombers Liverpool suffered a bombing raid for the first time in a week. Waves of enemy aircraft spent several hours over the city. Despite the extended raid there was only one reported fatality as well as slight damage … Continue reading 7th of October

Operation Biting: Stealing the German’s top secret radar apparatus

One of the major races of World War Two was the race to develop a reliable radar system to detect enemy aircraft early enough to send up the fighter intercept groups to shoot them down. Of course, both sides were determined to conceal their progress from the other, and the development of these systems was … Continue reading Operation Biting: Stealing the German’s top secret radar apparatus

WW2 Flying Accidents: The Enemy Within

During the war many pilots were lost to enemy action, but in the days before ground proximity radar, gps and electronic instruments, flying accidents were a real risk. The Forest of Bowland, an upland area consisting mainly of moorland in Lancashire gained a reputation as an area that caused pilots particular difficulties, mainly due to … Continue reading WW2 Flying Accidents: The Enemy Within

Overcoming Adversity: Group Captain Douglas Bader

Douglas Bader By the time of the Battle of Britain Douglas Bader had already fought a major battle, not with a foreign enemy, with adversity. At the age of just 21 Bader lost both his legs in a flying accident when his wing tip hit the ground during a display of aerobatics at the Reading … Continue reading Overcoming Adversity: Group Captain Douglas Bader