The Royal Air Force Museum ( RAFM, R.A.F.M)

The Royal Air Force Museum ( RAFM, R.A.F.M) Our purpose is to tell the story of the R.A.F through its people and collections. Our ambition is to ensure that the R.A.F's story endures. Our purpose is to tell the story of the Royal Air Force through its people and collections. - For our visitors, we make our collections and the RAF story relevant and stimulating - For current and former RAF personnel and their families, we preserve, honour and share the stories of their service - For our nation, we help people to understand the impact of the RAF in the world Our ambition is to ensure that the Royal Air Force's story endures and enriches future generations.
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The Museum occupies two public sites at Colindale in North London, and Cosford in Shropshire, West Midlands. Each site offers a unique experience to the visitor and the exhibits complement each other. Both Museums are free to enter and tell the story of the people who moulded the world of aviation from the daredevil early aviators to wartime heroes and the thousands of ordinary Service men and women who have served in the RAF and whose contribution has shaped the world that we live in today.

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While our doors are temporarily closed to visitors, we will continue to share #OurAmazingCollection at both London and C...
15/11/2020

While our doors are temporarily closed to visitors, we will continue to share #OurAmazingCollection at both London and Cosford online, with a series of photo highlights.

Today’s photo is of the Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina on display at Cosford. The Catalinas of RAF Coastal Command played a key role in the Battle of the Atlantic, sinking a number of German submarines. Beyond Europe, RAF and Commonwealth Catalinas patrolled the Indian and Pacific Oceans and flew in support of the Allied landings in North Africa. Today, a small number of civilian Catalinas are used as transport and fire fighting aircraft.

#WeMissYou and look forward to welcoming visitors back to the Museum when we re-open our doors on Saturday 5 December. Admission is free, simply book your arrival time online https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/, then it's chocks away as you explore the Museum’s vast collection of aircraft, vehicles, artefacts and the fascinating story of the RAF!

We look forward to seeing you soon ✈️

Today we are back at the RAF Museum London. Its Hangar 1 holds the new RAF Stories and First to the Future exhibitions. ...
14/11/2020

Today we are back at the RAF Museum London. Its Hangar 1 holds the new RAF Stories and First to the Future exhibitions. Come and explore its themes and aircraft when we re-open our doors on Saturday 5 December. Simply book your arrival time online http://ow.ly/cqJ650Cj41j

14/11/2020

‘Behind the Enigma. The Authorised History of GCHQ, Britain’s Secret Cyber-Intelligence Agency’ tells the first-ever authorised history of Britain's secret cyber-intelligence agency GCHQ, Government Communications Headquarters. Famed for its codebreaking achievements during the Second World War, and essential to the Allied victory, GCHQ also held a critical role in both the Falklands War and Cold War.

Crack the code and be one of the lucky 10 who will win a free copy of this book. What's more we will be providing a 20% discount code for 100 runner ups.

To see the puzzle and enter our competition, please visit our website: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/competition.aspx Hurry as tomorrow is the last day of the competition!Bloomsbury Books

While our doors are temporarily closed to visitors, we will be sharing #OurAmazingCollection at both London and Cosford ...
13/11/2020

While our doors are temporarily closed to visitors, we will be sharing #OurAmazingCollection at both London and Cosford online, with a series of photo highlights.

Today’s photo was taken inside the National Cold War Exhibition at Cosford, where you will discover Cold War stories in immersive Hotspots and explore exciting displays of aircraft, iconic cars, models, tanks and even life-sized Russian dolls. Aircraft not to be missed include all three British V Bombers; Vulcan, Victor and Valiant!

Wing your way to the RAF Museum when we re-open our doors on Saturday 5 December and enjoy a great day out for all the family. While still offering FREE entry to all, we kindly asked that you pre-book your arrival time online at https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/.

#WeMissYou and look forward to seeing you soon ✈️

Over the next few weeks, while our doors are temporarily closed to visitors, we will be sharing #OurAmazingCollection at...
12/11/2020

Over the next few weeks, while our doors are temporarily closed to visitors, we will be sharing #OurAmazingCollection at both London and Cosford online, with a series of photo highlights.

Today we are taking you onboard the Armstrong Whitworth Argosy C1, displayed in Hangar 1 at Cosford, with this 360 cockpit image for you to explore.

This medium range transport, paratroop and supply aircraft was operational in the RAF during the 60s and 70s. The Museum's example served in Aden, Bahrein, and later in the Persian Gulf. Following its retirement, the aircraft was used for ground training at RAF Cosford until transferred to the Museum in 1987.

#WeMissYou and we cannot wait to re-open our doors to visitors on Saturday 5 December. While still offering FREE entry to all, we kindly asked that you pre-book your arrival time online at https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/.

We look forward to seeing you soon ✈️

Remembering the British Jewish Women who served in the UK Forces during WW2Chelsea Women’s Academy team were due to play...
11/11/2020

Remembering the British Jewish Women who served in the UK Forces during WW2

Chelsea Women’s Academy team were due to play a friendly match today with UK Armed Forces Women at Kingsmeadow to mark Remembrance Day 2020. Unfortunately, due to the implemented national lockdown, Chelsea made the decision to cancel the match, with the health and safety of participants remaining paramount to this decision.

The match, which was to be dedicated to the British Jewish women who served in the UK forces during the Second World War, is part of the club’s partnership with the Royal Air Force Museum and our ‘Hidden Heroes’ project, which seeks to raise awareness of the vital roles played by Jewish personnel in the RAF during the Second World War. The initiative is sponsored by club owner Roman Abramovich.

Five to six thousand British Jewish women joined the forces during the Second World War and, in addition, nearly 4,000 women living in Palestine joined the British Services in the Middle East. These women all joined to fight against tyranny, racism and antisemitism, fully aware that due to their heritage, they risked torture and execution if captured.

As part of this tribute, the remarkable stories of three Jewish women will be highlighted through a special publication issued in partnership with the Royal Air Force Museum, to raise awareness of the bravery of these women who served during WW2, Muriel Byck, Hannah Szenes and Vera Atkins.

At the age of 25, Muriel Byck was recruited as a secret agent by the Special Operations Executive (SOE). She was sent to Nazi occupied France where she helped gather intelligence for the allied forces as well as help the local resistance movement.

Hannah Szenes was only 22 when she joined the RAF and was parachuted into Yugoslavia, with the aim to enter Hungary to rescue Jews facing deportation to the death camp at Auschwitz.

Hannah was arrested during her mission and executed a year later, at the age of 23.

Vera Atkins was recruited as an intelligence agent before the war and quickly rose through the ranks to become an intelligence officer. After the war, Vera went to Germany to interrogate Nazi officials and concentration camp guards to establish what had become of the SOE agents that failed to return.

Emma Hayes, manager of Chelsea Women, was also invited to virtually interview Jewish veteran, Ruth Bourne. Ruth joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service in 1944 before transferring over for ‘special duties’ at Eastcote in Bletchley, the secret centre for Britain’s codebreakers who worked day and night to break the encrypted codes used by the German military.

During the interview, Hayes learned about Ruth’s fascinating life at Bletchley, how she kept her work life secret from friends and family for over 35 years, and the important role that women played during the war. It has been said that the intelligence produced at Bletchley Park shortened the war by two to four years, and without it the outcome of the war would have been uncertain.

Hayes was proud to be part of the project and spoke powerfully about its importance.

“Through our partnership with the RAF Museum, we are committed to sharing the important story of the critical role the Jewish personnel played in winning the Second World War” she said. “While it’s disappointing the Remembrance match cannot take place, it’s important we still share these fascinating stories such as Ruth’s, as they offer a powerful window to the past, through which we can make links to today and use their stories to inspire future generations and ensure their legacy continues.”

UK Armed Forces commented: “Every year, UKAF Football along with our colleagues across Defence, join with the country to remember British and Commonwealth Armed Forces personnel who died in the Service of their country since the beginning of the First World War. We will remember them.”

Maggie Appleton MBE, CEO, Royal Air Force Museum added: “The stories of these exceptional Jewish women are an inspiration to us all. Their determination to stand up to fascism and contribute to a future that was free from hatred and discrimination is a legacy we all have the responsibility to live up to. Their future is our present, and the Royal Air Force Museum is delighted to work with Chelsea FC to ensure we share – and strive to live up to – their brilliance.”

You can view the ‘Hidden Heroes’ book and learn more about the remarkable stories of Muriel Byck, Hannah Szenes and Vera Atkins at:https://theblues.chelseafc.com/documents/pdf-viewer/web/viewer.html?file=2020/Remembrance_Day_2020.pdf

Hear the story of John Watts, born eight months after his father was killed in a Hampden, returning from a bombing missi...
11/11/2020
Searching for My Father: The Story of 144 Squadron

Hear the story of John Watts, born eight months after his father was killed in a Hampden, returning from a bombing mission over occupied Europe.

Sadly, he never got to meet his father, but after discovering a bomber from his father's 144 Squadron had been recovered and is now being restored by the RAF Museum, he made an emotional visit to Cosford to view the Handley Page Hampden from his father's Squadron.

See the moment he lays eyes on the Hampden for the very first time.

https://tv.historyhit.com/watch/37303292

80 years ago Wing Commander Joseph Watts was killed when his RAF Hampden Bomber crashed, as it returned from a bombing raid in Occupied Europe. He left behind a daughter, and also an unborn son. John Watts, born 8 months later, would never meet his father. But recently he discovered that at the RAF....

09/11/2020

Warrant Officer Balbir S Flora MBE and Squadron Leader Amir Khan came to the RAF Museum to make a special donation.

'Bali' has served in the RAF for over 37 years. For most of these years he wore the light blue turban but, as these got dirty rather quickly, he requested a change of colour. In 2006, the dark blue turban design was accepted.

They presented the RAF Museum with three turbans:
1. RAF light blue colour turban (pre 2006) with RAF metal badge
2. RAF dark blue colour turban (post 2006) with RAF cloth No 1 hat badge (post 1996)
3. RAF dark blue colour turban with RAF WO No 1 hat badge

Sikhs have been serving since 1917, the days of the Royal Flying Corps. As such, we are thrilled to add the missing headdress to our collection.

The RAF Museum is wishing you a Diwali that brings happiness prosperity and joy to you and all your family!

This Armistice Day the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is calling upon members of the public to partake in a form of ...
08/11/2020
ShineOn | CWGC

This Armistice Day the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is calling upon members of the public to partake in a form of remembrance like no other.

At 7pm on 11 November they are asking you to look up to the stars to remember those who died during the two World Wars. Find out more, and learn how you can name a star to help their names Shine On, via the link below.

#ShineOn #ArmisticeDay #RemembranceDay

To join CWGC’s Remembrance initiative, visit www.cwgc.org/ShineOn and name a star in remembrance.

I’ve just named a star in CWGC’s virtual sky after somebody who died in the two World Wars.

08/11/2020
We Will Remember Them

On 11 November at 11.00am we will be sharing a virtual #Remembrance Service on our website and on social media to remember those service men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty. Here is an excerpt from 2018's Service held at our London site, of the North London Military Wives Choir singing 'We Will Remember Them' #LestWeForget . We hope that you might be able to join us virtually on Wednesday.

On Wednesday 11 November 2020 at 11.00am we will be sharing a virtual Remembrance Service on our website and on social media to remember the service men and ...

05/11/2020
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Now this is what we call a birthday surprise - even in a pandemic, the 100th birthday of a war hero can't go ignored. ❤️👏

On sale now, exclusive to The Royal Air Force Museum, our 2020 Advent Calendar. Let the excitement build as you count do...
05/11/2020

On sale now, exclusive to The Royal Air Force Museum, our 2020 Advent Calendar.

Let the excitement build as you count down to the big day and test your knowledge of what you might see at both our London and Cosford sites.

Open a door each day and learn a different fact about the Museum and its collections. Only £6.00 plus postage and packaging.

Buy yours from our online shop at https://www.rafmuseumshop.com/2019-advent-calendar-with-hanging-card-a3.html

The RAF Museum is a registered charity (no 244708) through your purchase you will be supporting us during these challenging times.

Our London and Cosford sites are now temporarily closed.We are planning to reopen our doors at 10.00am on 5 December, so...
05/11/2020

Our London and Cosford sites are now temporarily closed.

We are planning to reopen our doors at 10.00am on 5 December, so please pre-book your tickets now at www.rafmuseum.org

Our London site is now temporarily closed.We are planning to reopen our doors at 10.00am on 5 December, so please pre-bo...
05/11/2020

Our London site is now temporarily closed.

We are planning to reopen our doors at 10.00am on 5 December, so please pre-book your tickets now at www.rafmuseum.org

Both our London and Cosford sites are temporarily closed. We are planning to reopen our doors on 5 December, so please p...
04/11/2020

Both our London and Cosford sites are temporarily closed.

We are planning to reopen our doors on 5 December, so please pre-book your tickets now.

#OnThisDay in 1957 : the last RAF flying unit at RAF Hendon, the Metropolitan Communications Squadron, departed for RAF ...
04/11/2020

#OnThisDay in 1957 : the last RAF flying unit at RAF Hendon, the Metropolitan Communications Squadron, departed for RAF Northolt. This is a de Havilland C1 Devon of the Metropolitan Communication Squadron over Battersea and river Thames.

Further to the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday evening, the Royal Air Force Museums at both London and Cosford w...
01/11/2020

Further to the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday evening, the Royal Air Force Museums at both London and Cosford will be closed from 5.00pm from Wednesday 4 November until 10.00am on Thursday 3 December.

If you have booked your free ticket to visit the Museum during this period, please do not visit us. Refunds will be issued to those who have pre-booked their parking and guidebooks for a visit during these dates.

Over the next few days we will send out further messaging for those who have booked paid for events at the Museum during the lockdown period.

Our intent will be to arrange alternative dates for any such events and we will contact all ticket holders directly, in the next few days, giving them the opportunity to either transfer their ticket to the new event date or to obtain a full refund.

In the meantime, we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

Further to the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday evening, the Royal Air Force Museums at both London and Cosford w...
01/11/2020

Further to the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday evening, the Royal Air Force Museums at both London and Cosford will be closed from 5.00pm from Wednesday 4 November until 10.00am on Thursday 3 December.

If you have booked your free ticket to visit the Museum on these dates, please do not visit us. Refunds will be issued to those who have pre-booked their parking and guidebooks for a visit during these dates.

Over the next few days we will send out further messaging for those who have booked paid for events at the Museum during the lockdown period.

Our intent will be to arrange alternative dates for any such events and we will contact all ticket holders directly, in the next few days, giving them the opportunity to either transfer their ticket to the new event date or to obtain a full refund.

In the meantime, we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

No. 16 (Reserve) Squadron trained crews on the Sepecat Jaguar at RAF Coltishall until it was disbanded in 2005, since wh...
01/11/2020

No. 16 (Reserve) Squadron trained crews on the Sepecat Jaguar at RAF Coltishall until it was disbanded in 2005, since when Roland has been enjoying his retirement at the RAF Museum Cosford.

Put your code-breaking skills to the test with our deciphering puzzle. If you crack the code, you might be one of the lu...
31/10/2020

Put your code-breaking skills to the test with our deciphering puzzle. If you crack the code, you might be one of the lucky ten who will win a free copy of ‘Behind the Enigma. The Authorised History of GCHQ, Britain’s Secret Cyber-Intelligence Agency’.

This book tells the first-ever authorised history of Britain's secret cyber-intelligence agency GCHQ, Government Communications Headquarters. Famed for its codebreaking achievements during the Second World War, and essential to the Allied victory, GCHQ also held a critical role in both the Falklands War and Cold War.

Send us you answer by Sunday 15 November midnight by selecting one of the options given below and you can be one of the ten lucky winners who will win a free copy of the book. What's more, we will be providing a 20% discount code for 100 runner ups. The discount code can be redeemed through the Bloomsbury website @bloomsburybooks.

For more information, including the Terms and Conditions, and to enter the competition, please visit our website: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/competition.aspx

#OnThisDay in 1940 : The Battle of Britain is officially regarded as having come to an end on this date. On the ground a...
31/10/2020

#OnThisDay in 1940 : The Battle of Britain is officially regarded as having come to an end on this date. On the ground and in the air, no apparent change was noticeable. Fighting continued although the emphasis had already shifted toward the night bombing of the Blitz. #BoB80

Another new addition to the Conservation Centre is the Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka II, previously on loan and display at the Mus...
30/10/2020

Another new addition to the Conservation Centre is the Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka II, previously on loan and display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

The Yokosuka MXY-7 II Japanese Ohka or 'Cherry Blossom', shows the desperate Japanese attempts to defend the home islands as the allies advanced through the Pacific from late 1944. It was a rocket powered piloted aircraft to be carried and launched from a 'Mother' aircraft, glide as far as possible before making a final rocket powered approach to impact on its target.

Aviation fans will be able to view the Ohka during the Conservation Centre Open Week from 9-14 November between 10.15am and 3.00pm each day.

The number of tickets available for each 45-minute time slot are limited and must be booked in advance. Tickets are now available to purchase online, admission is £6.00 per person (children under 11 are free and must be accompanied by an adult).

TICKETS AND INFO: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/.../conservation-centre-o/

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The Royal Air Force Museum hosts a unique collection of iconic aircraft at two main sites, Colindale in North London and Cosford near Birmingham in the West Midlands. Admission and Parking to both sites are free, and both sites host throughout the year a series of free family orientated events. For further details, please visit the What's On section of our website www.rafmuseum.org.

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 17:00
Thursday 11:00 - 17:00
Friday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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Entry is free yet must be pre books and is a timed entry - 10 minutes late and you don't get in. If you do get in you have to stand at attention in the rain for half an hour. Well I won't be visiting.
Hello. We are visiting tomorrow and would like to know if food is available on site. Thanks!
How wound you find a certain pilot during 1968-69, who trained in Louisiana with the Flying Tigers for about 6months.
Bought this a few years back don't know if it's real but the name is familiar
A huge thank you from this little one. He was super impressed with his Red Arrow brick building kit! We will hope to visit you soon 😊
Hi there, I'm attaching a video regarding a portrait in our possession a WW2 RAF pilot that we believe may be Roy Minifie. We would ideally like to find a photo of Roy so that we can confirm it is him and try to trace his extended family. I have been directed to this page by 22 Squadron members. I would appreciate it if you could help rather than direct me to somewhere else as I am disabled myself, and have 2 children, so this quest is not something I can do alone. Thank you.
This was my late mothers
A photo of a Proctor? taken by my father in Egypt. It was marked "the CO's kite". He was stationed near the Great Bitter Lake so I'm guessing it's Aboukir. Also a Dakota, a JU52 and a very distant Sunderland.
Is there any interest in that?
I wonder if anyone might have any information about the raf on the ards pennisula in norther n ireland in ww2 ...a couple of airfields at kirkstone, ballyhalbert and ards airfield...also stationed in mount stewart along with the American s. Grateful if anyone could shed a bit of light on this ...
Wish I was on your side of the Pond so I could visit.
Every time I visit, half the museum is closed off and the half feels like it's suffering from a power cut it is so dark. I have given up going.