Who was Mick Mannock?

Introduction Edward Corringham “Mick” Mannock VC, DSO & Two Bars, MC & Bar (24 May 1887 to 26 July 1918) was a British flying ace in the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force during the First World War. Mannock was a pioneer of fighter aircraft tactics in aerial warfare. At the time of his… Read More

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Who was Alan Arnett McLeod?

Introduction Alan Arnett McLeod, VC (20 April 1899 to 06 November 1918) was a Canadian soldier, aviator, and a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. McLeod served as a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps and… Read More

Who was Laurence Wilfred Allen?

Introduction Laurence Wilfred Allen MC was an English World War I flying ace. He was credited with ten confirmed victories while serving as an observer/gunner in Bristol F.2 Fighters. Early Life Lieutenant Laurence Wilfred Allen, alias Laurence William Allen, was born in Coventry, England on 14 September 1892. World War I Allen was originally a… Read More

Celebrating 100 Years of The RAF’s Contribution to Medicine

Research Paper Title 100 years of the Royal Air Force’s contribution to medicine: providing care in the air and delivering care by air. Abstract The Royal Air Force (RAF) came into being during World War I as the world’s first independent air force on the 1 April 1918, amalgamating elements of the Royal Flying Corps… Read More

What is the Size of the British Armed Forces since 1700?

I have always been interested to know how the size of the British armed forces has fluctuated over the years, and the statistics in a FOI request from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) makes interesting reading. FOI – Size of the UK Armed Forces Since 1700. From 1700 to 1900, as you might expect, the… Read More