Welcome to ‘RAF OUTPOSTS OF EMPIRE’ HOME PAGE.
VE-Day 75th Anniversary tribute; RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire. A short video telling the history in archive film, interview and narration telling the history of the 2,000 men and women of Bomber Command who served at Oakington. This famous airfield housed No 7 and 571 Pathfinder Squadrons who fought and, sadly, often died, in the night sky over Europe flying Blenheim, Stirling, Mosquito and Lancaster bombers so that we can live our lives in freedom today.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission restoration of RAF Habbaniya cemetery: I am very pleased to be able, by kind permission of the CWGC, to include on this website a video featuring photographs from the CWGC showing their incredible work at Habbaniya to renovate the cemetery and replace the headstones that were disintegrating and vandalised over the past 60 years.
RAF Singapore and other forthcoming films and research update: After some delays 'RAF Singapore' research and film production is now moving ahead; further interviews have been recorded for the documentary and the archive research and scrip writing will continue in 2019/20. I am also continuing to interviews former RAF personnel and their families who served in the well-known and lesser known 'RAF Outposts of Empire' both for the archives and film releases.
‘Outposts of Empire’ films on HD Memory Sticks: As from now all the films will be available in High Definition on USB Memory Stick (Flash Drives) as 1920 X 1080 MPEG HD files which will play in televisions or other devices with USB sockets giving a sharper clearer picture quality.
Available from the DVD and USB SHOP, above they are a bit more expensive due to the cost of the 16 GB USB Sticks but the added quality is really worth it, just go to the DVD and USB SHOP above and follow the on-screen instructions..
‘Outposts of Empire’ films on DVD: Never fear, for those who still prefer DVDs they will remain available, just go to the DVD and USB SHOP page above and follow the on-screen instructions. ‘Outposts of Empire’ on Amazon Prime and You Tube: 'RAF Malta' and 'RAF Habbaniya' are now available on AMAZON PRIME and YOU TUBE, either as free to view documentaries with advertising or as pay to view downloads.
‘RAF HABBANIYA, IRAQ, JEWEL OF THE DESERT' is a 105-minute programme that reveals the story of the Kingdom of Iraq and the part the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force played in forming and maintaining peace in the new country from 1915 to the final bloody end of the Hashemite Monarchy in 1958. Available on USB Stick (in HD) and DVD through the DVD and USB SHOP above and to view on Amazon Prime and You Tube.
Recent RAF Habbaniya reviews and articles:
The Aviation Historian Review: “The film uses extensive photographic and film archive material (along with first-hand accounts from some of those stationed there) to tell the full story of the strategically vital base, from the early days of aviation in the region, through the legendary siege during the Second World War, to its important role as a bulwark against Soviet aggression during the Cold War. It wasn’t only military activity either; BOAC flying-boats were regular visitors to the nearby lake. Extremely well-curated film with much to delight any aviation enthusiast with an interest in the RAF’s adventures in the Middle East”.
‘RAF MALTA, GEORGE CROSS ISLAND: has been re-mastered (HD version available on USB Only) and extended to a full 105-minutes with extra interviews and archive material; the documentary tells the story of the RAF on Malta from its humble beginnings at Royal Naval Air Station at Kalafrana during the First World War, to its final days at RAF Luqa, prior to the British withdrawal. Available on USB Stick (in HD) and DVD through the DVD and USB SHOP above and to view on Amazon Prime and You Tube.
‘MARCHING OUT, Kay and the RAF’: Leading Aircraft Woman, Kay Malone joined the RAF in 1967 and trained as a Teleprinter Operator, two years later she married a Corporal in the photographic section, reluctantly Kay gave up her career in the RAF and married Ray so she could join him on an accompanied posting to Singapore, resulting in a happy decade moving from one RAF Post to the next in a whirlwind of new experiences, friends and foreign lands both in the UK, Europe as well as in the further Outposts of the Empire. Available on USB Stick (in HD) and DVD through the DVD and USB SHOP above.
RAF LUQA (Malta) REMEMBERED: raf-luqa.weebly.com
RAF Habbaniya Association: www.habbaniya.org
The Shackleton Association, the” Growler” www.thegrowler.org.uk
Six Squadron Association, the “Tin-opener”: [email protected]
Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Website: www.cwgc.org Last updated 07/05/2020