Old photos to help with celebration

OLD photographs are being sought to help celebrate 67 years since the RAF's ground fighting force was founded at RAF Hunmanby Moor.

The RAF Regiment, which was founded on February 1, 1942, deploys officers and gunners to provide protection to the force’s aircraft.

It has recently come under the spotlight in a new TV documentary called Warzone, which is being screened every Monday on Channel 5.

The programme – which takes a look at UK military operations in Afghanistan – has, in turn, sparked interest in England’s only exhibition of the RAF Regiment at the Yorkshire Air Museum in Elvington.

Museum staff are now hoping to expand the exhibition by adding more items connected to the Butlin’s Holiday Camp site.

Museum director Ian Reed said: “We seem to be devoid of anything from the early days, so we are looking for photographs or any other memorabilia connected to the site.

“We get tens of thousands of school children through our doors each year and it’s important that rather than memories being lost, they are preserved for others to learn from.”

The exhibition is open every day and includes a Japanese flag presented to the RAF Regiment in Singapore when they took the Japanese surrender in 1945.

The regiment served the RAF during the Second World War, seeing active service in North Africa, Middle and Far East, the Mediterranean, Italy and central Europe.

Today, members continue to be deployed all over the world to wherever there are airfields, installations or other elements of the RAF to defend.

l Anybody with photos of the Filey camp when it was used by the RAF Regiment, or other memorabilia, is asked to contact the Yorkshire Air Museum on (01904) 608595.