SPECIAL DELIVERY

THROUGH THE LOGBOOKS AND RECOLLECTIONS OF CANADIAN ALBEMARLE AND STIRLING PILOT RAE CHURCHILL, KEN WRIGHTREVEALS THE RISKY NATURE OF SPECIAL DUTIES OPERATIONS

SPECIAL DELIVERY 100 YEARS OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE

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Stirling IV LK117/V8-F of 570 Squadron returns from Arnhem on September 17, 1944. It was damaged by flak, a week later on a day the squadron suffered severe losses. VIA ANDY THOMAS
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A page from Rae Churchill’s logbook. Note how the summary of flying time is split to include glider towing

In Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, Mark Anthony said: “Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war”. This statement could very well describe 295 Squadron during World War Two. The unit’s ‘Special Delivery Service’ involved towing gliders full of troops or supplies, parachuting agents into enemyoccupied Europe or dropping men of the Special Air Service.

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