A collection of images taken at the Baston in the Blitz 2015 military show. All images were taken on August 1st 2015 and donated to Defence of the Realm by Andy Laing. If you would like to see more of his extensive military themed galleries then you can view and follow his Flickr account by clicking here.
Andy Laing writes extensively about the history of some of England’s air bases on his site Aviationtrails. If you have an interest in British and also American aviation history in the UK then I highly recommend you visit his site.
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David Chambers and his father are looking for supporters of their project to restore this 1944 GMC 353 H1 tipper that he and his father have saved from the scrapheap. Based in South Wales, the father and son duo have saved and restored several US World War II vehicles in the past and displayed them at numerous events for enthusiasts and the public alike to experience these pieces of history first hand.
As well as helping restore the vehicle, there are benefits to donating a list of which can be found on the group’s crowdfunder page which you can link to below.
Think the Panavia Tornado or Blackburn Buccaneer introduced the RAF to low level flying? Think again!
This remarkable footage from British Pathé news shows what it was like to fly at ultra-low level on a daylight raid over Holland in 1942. Aircraft include the Lockheed Ventura, the De Havilland Mossquito and the Douglas Boston. Flying low level helped the aircraft avoid German radar and improved their chances of hitting the target. It also made it harder for enemy aircraft to intercept them as they went in hugging the ground.
But of course low level flight has its own risks and as the narrator puts it;
Some of these planes returning to base have received hits while others have left bits of their fabric hanging on trees.