Royal Air Force Essays

  • The Role of the Royal Air Force in World War II

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    the Luftwaffe and the Third Reich. The Royal Air Force (RAF) provided the first successful display of air power in a defensive and offensive strategy. In the fall of 1940, the Battle of Britain was the first airpower only operation. The German objective was to gain air superiority over the Royal Air Force (RAF) by attacking military and civilian targets in and around the United Kingdom. The RAF defense of the homeland by tactical aircraft and ground anti-air weapons slowed German aggression. The success

  • The Few By Alex Kershaw Book Report

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    Act of 1939). Seven Americans, however, did not remain neutral and that’s what this book is about. They joined Britain's Royal Air Force to help save Britain in its darkest hour to fight off the skilled pilots of Germany's Luftwaffe in the blue skies over England, the English Channel, and North Europe. By October 1940, they had helped England succeed in one of the greatest air battles in the history of aviation, the Battle of Britain. This book helps to show the impact of the few Americans who joined

  • Battle of Britain

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    World War I and was now in charge of Germany’s air force, the Luftwaffe. He proposed that the Luftwaffe would need to wipe out the Royal Air Force before Germany could successfully invade Great Britain. Goering also suggested they begin immediately, before Britain had time to recover from the Battle of France. However, Hitler told Goering to wait. (Franks 9) (Mosley 19-21) The people of Great Britain were bracing themselves for attack. The Royal Air Force had lost about one thousand airplanes fighting

  • The Battle of Britain and Sir Winston Churchill

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    daunting task of repelling the massive offensive by the dreaded German air corps, the Luftwaffe. In the year 1940 Adolf Hitler ordered an offensive in coordination with an attempted invasion of the isle of Britain. The only way Hitler was going to accomplish this great feat was the assert the power of his Air Force. In November of 1940 after months of constant bombardment of the English coastal cities, the Royal Air Force of Britain was ordered to begin attack on Germany. This rather inexperienced

  • Guy Gibson, The Glorious WWII Pilot

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    Guy Gibson, the glorious WWII pilot, was not always the dashing manly hero he was known to be when he unfortunately was shot down. In fact, he was denied the first time he applied to the Royal Air Force because of his short stature; he was only 5’6” (Hickman, "World War II: Wing Commander Guy Gibson."). However, a determined “Gibson reapplied in 1936 and was accepted for flight training” (Hickman, "World War II: Wing Commander Guy Gibson."). The zenith of his career was when he successfully and

  • Air Chief Marshal Dowding Myth

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    During the movie, a concerned Air Chief Marshal Dowding is shown professing that the RAF is outnumbered 650 – 2500 . Dowding says," our young men will have to shoot down their young men at a rate of four to one just to keep pace." In fact, at the beginning of the battle, there was almost parity between the numbers of single seat fighter planes between the opposing sides. As attrition begin to take its toll the aircraft production of the British gave the Royal Air Force a big advantage in the last

  • the battle of britain

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    Battle of Britain”. ”Battle of Britain, in World War II, a series of air battles between Great Britain and Germany, fought over Britain from Aug. to Oct., 1940. As a prelude to a planned invasion of England, the German Luftwaffe attacked British coastal defenses, radar stations, and shipping. On Aug. 24 the attack was shifted inland to Royal Air Force installations and aircraft factories in an effort to gain control of the air over S England. Failing to destroy the RAF, the Germans began (Sept. 7)

  • The Decline of British Military Innovation

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    the largest navy in the world, a brand new Royal Air Force (RAF) and an army that had extended its technical, tactical and operational capabilities. Although the British military was strong, their economy was on the brink of collapse at the end of the war. The fiscal burdens of the rebuilding the economy required the British government to carefully consider their expenditures after the war. In 1919, it was decided for planning purposes the armed forces would not plan on fighting a major war for

  • The Strategic Bombing Campaign Of WWII

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    The Strategic Bombing Campaign of WWII The Strategic Bombing Campaign of WWII was divided into small separate campaigns that were carried out by the allied forces. Often times targets consisted of factories, headquarters, harbors, camps, and cities. The blows that the allies dealt to the axis payed a psychological and physical role in how the second World War turned out. European Theatre Kassel Germany, February of 1942 to March of 1945: One leg of the campaign on the eastern front was to take

  • Great Britain During World War II

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    attack, British soldiers on the home front were forced to perform one of the largest evacuations in history, The Evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk on the Belgian coast. From July through October, the British people suffered under the Battle of Britain, which was a lot of intense German bombings. But, the Royal Air Force successfully defended its homeland from the German Luftwaffe, and the Nazis were unable to crush British morale. In March 1941, the United States began giving

  • Volunteering Is Important in the Public Services

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    teachers, friends and family http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/resources/how-to-guides/volunteer/doc/benefits-of-volunteering.html Different types of voluntary work Public Sector police specials In the police the special constabulary are the volunteer force they have the same training as the police and the same powers they just can't go in the helicopters or with the armed response teams. but they can still arrest people. they come from all walks of life like teachers, taxi drivers, shop owners. they

  • Essay On Air Flight

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    On August 17th, 1917, General Jan Christian Smuts, of the Royal Flying Corps, explained the importance of airplanes that they would not just play a role as an auxiliary force within the military, but would create a new form of warfare in the skies: “There is absolutely no limit to the scale of its future independent war use. And the day may not be far off when aerial operations with their devastation of enemy lands and destruction of industries and populous centres on a vast scale may become one

  • The Battle of Britain

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    Pilots. New York: The McMillan Company, 1971. James, T.C.G. The Battle of Britain. Great Britain: Frank Cass Publishers, 2000. Macksey, Kenneth. Military Errors of World War Two. Great Britain: Arms and Armour Press, 1987. MacVane, John. On the Air in World War II. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1979. Mason, Travis K. Battle Over Britain. New York: Doubleday and Company Incorporated, 1969. Mosley, Leonard. Backs to the Wall. New York: Random House, 1971. Mosley, Leonard. The Battle of

  • Why Britain Won the Battle of Britain

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    evacuation of Dunkirk and the surrender of France, Britain was by herself. However, before Hitler could contemplate undertaking an invasion he was advised by his generals that Germany had to destroy the Fighter Command of the Royal Air Force in order to gain superiority in the air. This would in turn enable him to gain control of the English Channel in order to transfer the 160,000 German troops on the 2000 invasion barges, which had been assembled in German, French and Belgian harbors, over the

  • Why Did Britain Win The Battle Of Britain?

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    In the summer and fall of 1940, German and British air forces clashed in the skies over the U.K. The Battle of Britain ended when Germany’s air force failed to gain superiority over the Royal Air Force despite months of targeting Britain’s air bases, military posts and, its civilian population. Britain’s ‘’victory’’ saved the country from a ground invasion and possible occupation by German forces. While this is true, Britain lost many innocent lives and many cities were destroyed, Britain had temporarily

  • Battle of Britain

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    The Battle of Britain took place during World War II and was Germany’s attempt to dominate the skies of Great Britain. The Royal Air Force (RAF) was significantly outnumbered in one of the biggest air battles in history and managed to emerge victorious against the German air force, the Luftwaffe. German’s unexpected defeat was attributable to their underestimation of Britain’s strength, their inexperience in aerial warfare and their tactical and technological liabilities. The fall of France was

  • The Battle of Britain and RAF

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    ideas such as the role of the Navy in comparison with the Kriegsmarine, the events of Dunkirk and the role of certain personalities throughout 1940. Germany had many options in the Summer of 1940 and it is questionable as to whether a 'Strategic Air War' was the route that should have been taken. Similarly, it is debatable as to whether the success of Britain was due to the faults of the enemy or the strength of the RAF. However, overall it is important to realise that one of the reasons why

  • Personal Statement for ICT Specialist in Computer Science

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    I first discovered my passion for computers in 1999, when we bought our first household PC. I remember sitting down on occasions waiting for Windows 98 to boot up and the dialup modem to connect to the internet. Although this almost now seems primitive, that technology caused my enthusiasm to understand the inside workings of computers to spark. Since then, I have striven to broaden my knowledge and skills in this area in any way possible. The world of technology has always intrigued me, from the

  • Beechcraft King Air 200 Case Study

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    REQUIREMENT DOCUMENT Beechcraft King Air Model 200 Engine Modification Revision: 1.0 DATE: February 2014 Author(s): Shane Huffer REVISION HISTORY Revision Level Date Description 1.0 Draft February 2014 Initial Release (By Shane Huffer) Marketing Sign-Off R/D Sign-Off Director of Marketing Director of Engineering Date Date A. BACKGROUND The Beechcraft King Air Model 200 (formerly the Super King Air 200) is a part of a line of twin-turboprop

  • Winston Churchill

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    still regard him as the greatest British leader of the last century. Winston Churchill had already demonstrated he had the aptitude for being a leader by holding positions such as serving as a member of parliament, acting as a secretary for war and air, and the colonial office; However, what made him such an excellent leader was that he was not concerned about his own welfare politically, but rather about the welfare of his country. This was demonstrated by his warnings which were addressed to the