The RAF in World War Two

Personal accounts of men and women who served in the Royal Air Force in various capacities during the Second World War


RAF history
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60 Aviation Experiences

edited by Jack Burgess
80+ years of aviation recalled by members of the Aircrew Association
RAF and aviation history
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60 More Aviation Experiences

by Jack Burgess et al
Another collection of true stories by members of the Aircrew Association
RAF history
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619 : The History of a Forgotten Squadron

by Bryan Clark


The rediscovered history of a WW2 bomber squadron
RAF memoir
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A Bird Over Berlin

by Tony Bird DFC


Experiences of a 61 Squadron Lancaster pilot who later became a POW at Stalag Luft III 
RAF History
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A History of RAF Waddington 1916-1945

by Raymond Leach


A detailed history of this important RAF base in Lincolnshire spanning two world wars
RAF history
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A History of The King's / Queen's Flight

Sowerby & Frost (eds)


Chronicle of the elite RAF unit responsible for the air transport of the Royal Family from 1936-1995
RAF memoir
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A Member of the RAF of Indeterminate Race

by Cy Grant
The wartime experiences of a West Indian officer in the RAF
Poetry/humour
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A Pilot's Notes

by Ian Rae


Poems of a World War 2 Royal Air Force Flying Instructor
RAF memoir
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A Shilling's Worth of Promises

by Fred Hitchcock

Escapades of an RAF airman in the UK and Egypt in WW2
RAF memoir
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A Virginian in Best Blue

by Parke F Smith


An American pilot's experiences in the RAF 1942-46
RAF memoir
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A WAAF at War

by Diana Lindo


A former WAAF recalls her eventful wartime years
RAF memoir
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Adventures of a Trenchard Brat

by Ken Bartrop
A former Royal Air Force Apprentice’s experiences before, during and after World War II
RAF memoir
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Adventures on the Infinite Highway

by Peter Rivington


The airborne experiences of an RAF and airline pilot 1938-62
Aviation history
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Air Navigation from Balloons to Concorde

Walter Blanchard (ed)
A definitive history of air navigation ~ from its primitive beginnings to satellite technology
military history WW2 / pets
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Airborne Animals and Cockpit Companions

by Colin Pateman
An illustrated account of the various animals kept as pets and mascots by wartime airmen
RAF memoir WW2
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Algiers to Anzio with 72 & 111 Squadrons

by Greggs Farish and Mike McCaul


The diaries and letters of a Spitfire squadron Engineer Officer in Africa and Italy during WW2
RAF memoirs
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An Erk's-Eye View

by Ted Mawdsley


Recalling the invaluable work of RAF Bomber Command groundcrew in WW2
military biography WW2
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Arnhem Pilot

by Christopher Ian McArthur
The wartime exploits of Flight Lieutenant Fred Mortimore, 570 Squadron RAF
RAF memoir
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As We Were

Beryl R Williams (ed.)


Former members of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force recall their experiences in World War Two
military/civilian memoir
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At Your Service

by David Seeney 
Tracing the author's rise from footman to Lord Beaverbrook via the RAF to Senior Police officer 1930s-80s
RAF/aviation memoir
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Beaufighters BOAC & Me

by Sam Wright


Experiences of a 254 Squadron Beaufighter navigator during WW2 and postwar with BOAC
military history
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Bentwaters & Woodbridge

by Graham Haynes
An illustrated history of the 40-year tenure of the twin air bases in East Anglia by the US Air Force
RAF biography
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Brief Sweet Life

by Glen Rose


The wartime exploits of a 50 Squadron Lancaster crew
RAF biography
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Carried on the Wind

by Sean Feast


The wartime exploits of a Special Duties Operator with 101 Squadron
RAF biography
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Chocks Away!

by Wing Commander John Leighton Beck DFC*
The memoirs and letters of  a WW2 bomber pilot with 214 and 159 Squadrons
RAF/aviation memoir
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Circuits and Bumps

by Gerhard Heilig
An aviator's progress from bombers to airliners with the RAF and commercial airlines 1944-65
RAF memoir
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Circuses, Beats and Blenheims

by Gordon Shackleton
Memoirs of a World War II Blenheim pilot who flew with 114 Squadron RAF
RAF memoir
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Coastal Command Pilot

by Ted Rayner


WW2 experiences of a Hudson pilot with 269 Squadron in Norway, Iceland and Greenand
RAF / WW2 memoir
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Corkscrew to Safety

by Thomas G Quinlan
A Lancaster tail-gunner’s tour with 103 Squadron RAF 1944/5
RAF History
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Crash Boats of Gorleston

by Tony Overill
The WW2 exploits of of No.24 Air Sea Rescue Unit of the RAF Marine Branch
RAF memoir
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Desert War Diary: 213 Squadron

by John Walton


A former armourer recalls life on a Hurricane squadron in North Africa and Cyprus in WW2
RAF history
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Desert Wheels

by Bryan Blow
A pictorial history of No.51 (RAF) MT Company/Squadron of the Middle East Air Force (MEAF) 1942-56
RAF biography
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Fly High - Fly Low

by Eric Morgan


The three remarkable aviation careers of Leslie R Colquhoun DFC, GM, DFM - WW2  Reconnaissance Pilot; Supermarine Test Pilot and Vickers Hovercraft Pioneer
Biography/World War II history
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Flying Boats, Fathers & Fate

by Trevor Richter
A tale of two RAF pilots in the Far East during World War IIand the remarkable coincidence that connected them
RAF memoir
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From 1 to 1000 Horsepower

by Fergus Davidson


Experiences of a Scottish WW2 fighter pilot with 534, 91 and 229 Squadrons of the RAF
RAF memoir
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From Fiji to Balkan Skies

by Dennis McCaig


The WW2 experiences of a 249 Squadron Spitfire/Mustang pilot 1943/4
RAF History
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From Port T to RAF Gan

by Peter Doling


Colourful history of the remote military base at Addu Atoll in the Maldive Islands 1941-76
Autobiography / WW2
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From Ypres to Georgetown

by Bob Simmons (with Sheryl Sinclair)
An Englishman’s adventures in Europe & the Far East during World War II& postwar career in Television
RAF memoir
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Get Some In

by Mervyn Base


The hair-raising adventures of a wartime bomb-disposal expert
RAF biography
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Gunnery Leader

by Tom Williams
The WW2 achievements of Wing Cdr Ken Bastin DFC
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Halton Drums

compiled by Keith Youldon
The History of the RAF Halton Aircraft Apprentice Pipe Band
Autobiography / WW2 RAF
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How I Became a Pathfinder Navigator

by Peter D Saville
My aircrew training and subsequent activities with No.35 Squadron RAF during and after World War II
WW2 RAF memoir
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How I Got My Knees Brown

by Rupert C Extence
The Overseas Experiences of an Erk (RAF Serviceman) from Devonshire during World War Two
RAF History
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Hunt Like a Tiger

by Tom Docherty


Illustrated history of 230 Squadron and its Sunderland flying boats 1939-45
RAF memoir
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In The Nick of Time

by Nick Berryman


The experiences of an RAF pilot with 276 (Air Sea Rescue) Squadron in WW2
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Just a Survivor

by Phil Potts


The WW2 experiences of a 103 Squadron Lancaster navigator who later became a POW at Stalag Luft 7
RAF memoir
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Lambs in Blue

by Rebecca Barnett


The adventures of three Tyneside lasses who joined the WAAF and were posted to Ceylon in WW2
RAF biography
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Lance On High

by Humphrey Wynn


The wartime exploits of Wing Commander Lance C Wade DSO DFC ~ a Texan Spitfire pilot in the RAF
RAF memoir
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Looking Backwards Over Burma

by Dennis Spencer DFC
A former Beaufighter navigator with 211 Squadron RAF recalls his full tour of duty on ops over Burma and Thailand in 1944/5
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Lost In Training

by Harry Green 
By charting the final hours of a single Lancaster and its crew, this book pays tribute to the thousands of young RAF airmen killed during aircrew training in World War II
RAF in WW2
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Love is in the Air

edited by Jeff Pack


The revealing wartime letters and memories of an RAF pilot and his WAAF officer fiancée
WW2 memoirs
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Malta Remembered

edited by Frank Rixon
A collection of stories about the George Cross Island of Malta contributed by military personnel who served there during World War 2
RAF memoir
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Memoirs of a Goldfish

by Jim Burtt-Smith


The WW2 exploits of a 115 Squadron Wellington pilot who was later a POW at Stalag Luft 8b Lamsdorf
RAF memoir
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Mike's Memoirs

by FW 'Mike' Hunt


Experiences of an airman with 615 Squadron 1934-46
Military memoir
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Moose's War

by Richard Pike


The wartime exploits of ‘Moose’ Fumerton ~ Canada’s highest-scoring night-fighter pilot of WW2
RAF memoir
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More Tales of a Bomber Command WAAF

by Sylvia Pickering


Further recollections of a WAAF posted to 5 Group Headquarters, Moreton Hall
RAF memoir
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No Brylcreem, No Medals

by Jack Hambleton


The WW2 exploits of a RAF MT driver at home and abroad
RAF History
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Nobody Unprepared

by Vernon Holland


A record of the activities of 78 Squadron RAF Bomber Command in WW2
RAF memoirs
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Nobody's Hero

by Bernard Hart Hallam


Experiences of an RAF police officer in WW2 in the UK and subsequently France, Holland and Germany after D-Day
RAF memoir
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Of Ploughs, Planes & Palliasses

by Percy Wilson Carruthers


WW2 experiences of a 223 Sqn DAF Baltimore pilot in North Africa and then as a POW at Stalag Lufts 1 & 6
RAF/aviation memoir
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On Laughter-Silvered Wings

by Howard A Hughes
Entertaining biography of charismatic Irish aviator Paddy Kirkwood ~ a WW2 bomber pilot and postwar airline captain with BEA
RAF biography
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One of Butch's Boys

by Philip Turner


The wartime exploits of a Bomber Command Navigator with 218 Squadron
RAF History
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Operation Pharos

by Ken Rosam


A history of the WW2 Allied airbase on the Cocos Keeling Islands in the Indian Ocean
RAF memoir
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Over Hell and High Water

by Leslie Parsons


The author's two full tours as an RAF navigator in WW2 ~ with 622 Sqn in the UK and 99 Sqn in SE Asia
RAF memoir
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Pathfinder Force Balkans

by Geoff Curtis


WW2 exploits of a 614 (Pathfinder) squadron flight engineer in the air and as a POW in Hungary
RAF memoir
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People, Planes & Providence

by Ian Roxburgh


Former RAF pilot recalls flying many of the most famous aircraft of the 40s and 50s
RAF memoir
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Per Ardua Pro Patria

by Dennis Wiltshire


The traumatic experiences of an RAF airman in WW2
RAF memoir
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Percy's Piece of the War

by Percy Shipperbottom


Exploits of an RAF High Speed Launch Wireless Operator in the UK and Far East during World War 2
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Prestwick's Pioneer

by Dougal McIntyre


Biography of David F. McIntyre, first pilot to fly over Everest and founder of Scottish Aviation
RAF memoir
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Radar Days

by Gwen Arnold


A former WAAF RDF Operator recalls her experiences in WW2
RAF bomb disposal
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RAF / UXB

Jim Jenkinson (ed)


A collection of stories from former RAF Bomb Disposal personnel during WW2
RAF biography
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Railway to Runway

by Leslie Harris


How the wartime journal of an RAF navigator killed in WW2 revealed a family secret kept hidden for 40 years...
RAF memoir
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Searching in the Dark

by Peggy Butler


An evocative diary composed while the author was a WAAF Radar Operator (1942-46)
RAF History
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Seletar: Crowning Glory

by David Taylor


An informal history of RAF Seletar, the Royal Air Force base in Singapore, from its earliest origins to the departure of the RAF in 1971, illustrated with many vintage photos
RAF memoir
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Tales of a Bomber Command WAAF

by Sylvia Pickering


 A former WAAF recalls life at wartime RAF bomber airfields Cottesmore and Coningsby
RAF history
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The Battle of Britain: Victory & Defeat

by Jack Dixon


A detailed study of the controversial dismissal of Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding after the Battle of Britain
Fiction/RAF
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The Cry of the Nightjar

by Gerhard Heilig
A fictionalised but highly realistic account  of the life of a WW2 bomber pilot
RAF biography
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The Elephant On My Wing

by Peter A Wright
The WW2 exploits of a 211 Squadron Blenheim pilot subsequently a POW and successful escapee
RAF memoir
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The Long Haul

by William Bloxham
An aviator's memories of WW2 138 (Special Duties) Squadron and as a POW
RAF memoir
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The RAF and Me

by Gordon Frost


Experiences of a former Stirling navigator with 570 Squadron at RAF Harwell during WW2
RAF History
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To Strive and not to Yield

by Dennis West


The activities of 626 Squadron RAF during the Battle of Berlin in WW2
RAF History
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Training for Triumph

by Tom Docherty


An illustrated history of RAF aircrew training in the UK during WW2
Military history
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Twin Bases Remembered

by Norman Rose
A personal history of the RAF and USAF
at Bentwaters & Woodbridge 1943-1993
RAF memoir
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Un Grand Bordel

by Norman Lee & Geoffrey French


A 428 Sqn air gunner's adventures with the Maquis and US Special Forces after being shot down
RAF History
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Under the Red Eagle

by Frank Pearce


A personal perspective on the activities of 239 Wing of the Desert Air Force in North Africa and Italy 1942-45
RAF bomb disposal
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UXB Volume 2

Jim Jenkinson (ed)


Our second book saluting the hazardous work of RAF Bomb Disposal crews
RAF WW2 memoir
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Wartime Jottings of an RAF Airman

by Griffith J Evans
A young man's experiences in the Royal Air Force 1941-46
RAF memoirs
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Well, You Wanted to Fly!

edited by Jack Burgess
Aviation tales contributed by members of the Aircrew Association
RAF memoir
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While Others Slept

by Eric Woods


An RAF observer/navigator's experiences with 106 Squadron, 144 Squadron and 61 Squadron during World War Two 1940/41
RAF memoirs
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Why Did We Join?

by Eileen Smith


An entertaining account of the author's wartime years as a WAAF at RAF East Kirkby in Lincolnshire
RAF memoir
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Wings Without Weapons

by Humphrey Wynn


Memoirs of a ferry pilot with RAF Transport Command in Africa, the Middle East and India during World War 2
RAF History
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Wot? No Engines?

by Alan Cooper


First-hand accounts from airborne participants in Operation 'Varsity' ~ the Rhine crossing of March 1945