1944: Members of a British Royal Air Force ground crew sing Christmas carols for an officer and guard while stationed at Volkel Air Base in the Netherlands during the Second World War. The Wing’s Padre, Squadron Leader K J Morgan conducts.
The British Empire Exhibition ran at Wembley Park in London over 1924 and 1925, showcasing Britain’s might to any world leaders who thought to overpower them.
One of the displays was an air display simulating battle-like conditions, and featuring No. 32 Squadron in a show titled “London Defended”. The display was first shown on the 9th of May, 1925 and continued until the 1st of June. Part of the show involved blank ammunition being fired into the arena.
This display was a precursor to today’s Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force’s aerial display team that was founded in the 1960s and today still performs.