More great websites
The BBC History website ( bbc.co.uk/history/ battle_of_ britain) delves into the archives to present TV and radio clips relating to the Battle of Britain. It also links to the attractive Imperial War Museums’ site dedicated to 1940 ‘Britain’s Finest Hour’ ( 1940.iwm.org.uk), which has sections relating to Dunkirk, Churchill, the Blitz and, of course, the Battle of Britain.
The RAF Museum has two branches, in London and Cosford, and via rafmuseum.org.uk you can find out about artefacts, exhibitions and more. But there’s also the RAF Museum Navigator ( navigator.rafmuseum.org), a dedicated image-rich catalogue of the museum’s collections. You can also browse the museum’s Flickr stream at flickr.com/photos/royalairforcemuseum.
This month’s expert Phil Tomaselli (who kindly recommended most of the websites featured here), also pointed out that many key RAF Fighter Stations have their own dedicated websites. These include RAF Biggin Hill ( bigginhill.co.uk/ rafstation.htm), RAF Hornchurch ( rafhornchurch. thehumanjourney. net/index.htm) and RAF North Weald ( northwealdairfield history.org). Plus, via this page of the RAF’s own website ( raf.mod. uk/history/historicsquadrons.cfm) you can browse historic squadrons and explore details of their motto, badge and exploits.
Findmypast’s RAF Records ( findmypast.co.uk/content/ RAF_ Records) includes material from AIR 79 – Airmen’s records between 1912 and 1939. At Forces War Records ( forces-warrecords.co.uk) you can explore Fighter Command Losses 1940, and Family Relatives hosts RAF Casualties 1935-50 ( familyrelatives.com/search/search_wwiiairforce.php).
The Air Historical Branch of the RAF ( raf.mod.uk/ahb/ recordsofservice) gives information about records of service. You can also try the official Government guide to requesting more recent service records at www.gov.uk/requests-for- personaldata-and- servicerecords. The RAF Organisational History site ( rafweb.org) includes histories of squadrons and stations, plus lots of links. Finally, there’s the Battle of Britain London Monument ( bbm.org. uk/index.htm) and the Spitfire Museum ( spitfire museum.org.uk).
TV and radio clips about the Battle of Britain are on the BBC History site
North Weald Airfield was a famous Battle of Britain fighter base
The Air Historical Branch of the RAF’s site has service record information