RAF 100 GROUP
Reasons to Remember
Secretary of the worldwide RAF 100 Group Association
Published: 23 August 2018 by FeedARead
Available through Amazon or main FeedARead.com website
Includes: Illustrations, maps, rare photos, shared wartime experiences
This year, 2018, is the 100th Year of the Royal Air Force.
2018 also marks the 75th Anniversary of the formation of a vital Group without which we would not have won the Second World War - RAF No.100 (Bomber Support) Group.
Today, this Group remains relatively unheard of and unknown, its activities still shrouded in secrecy stretching back over 70 years. Hundreds of men and women were involved, feeding and receiving information to and from Bletchley Park and the Y-Service, with airmen flying operations deep into the heart of Germany.
Too many veterans have taken their secrets to the grave, whereas these are people to whom we owe so much. Rather than letting them become forgotten we should be honouring their commitment and courage, respecting and remembering them, celebrating their achievements in this, their 75th Year.
By Autumn/Winter 1942, air battles over Germany were critical. Losses of RAF bombers had reached an all-time high against increasing effectiveness of the German Air Defence system. Something drastic and different was called for. It came in the form of this specialist Group, responsible for operational development, application and co-ordination of all Radar Countermeasure programmes from the air and from the ground.
Named RAF No.100 (Bomber Support) Group, it was formed in November 1943, based on airfields across Norfolk. While its people remained within the main Royal Air Force, they were set apart from it, specially chosen for unique visionary work and operations, which ultimately would lead to the defeat of the enemy, giving us the freedom we enjoy today.
This evocative book evidences the impact RAF 100 Group made in the global theatre of war, offering a unique and telling insight into what was happening prior to its inception, sharing the wartime journey of those who served under it.
FRONT COVER: one RAF 100 Group veteran comments: 'I think it was taken at Moncton, New Brunswick, showing NCO Graduates from an Observer School ... Rivers perhaps. Obviously, in the Canadian winter! We were issued with those caps with ear-flaps to stave off frostbite, which was common when the temperature dropped to about 50 below on the prairies. I did my Elementary Flying Training in Tiger Moths, fitted with skis instead of wheels in those conditions. Not pleasant!!'
The young man seated second from back without any head covering is William 'Bill' Foskett who went on to serve in RAF 100 Group, based at RAF Oulton, in 214 Squadron.
We WILL Remember Them!