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Latest Issue: September 2014 - Issue 89

FEATURES

A UNIQUE GATHERING
On 8 August 2014, under leaden skies, an Avro Lancaster emerged from the gloom to touch down at RAF Coningsby; no unusual sight at the station that houses the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. This was, however, an exceptional event. As Rob Pritchard explains, the arrival was not the BBMF’s familiar City of Lincoln but rather the Lancaster belonging to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at the end of a transatlantic flight from its base in Ontario.

D-DAY DAY TRIP
The images that are usually portrayed of the Normandy landing beaches in June 1944 are of men leaping from landing craft. Some, though, had a far different experience, as Richard Polglaze describes.

TRAPPED
Seventy years ago this month, the British 1st Airborne Division had landed to the west of Arnhem. The division's commander, Major General Roy Urquhart, soon found himself stranded.

MASSACRE OF THE MUNSTERS
As the BEF continued its withdrawal in August 1914, command of I Corps’ rearguard was handed to Brigadier-General Ivor Maxse’s Brigade, which included the 2nd Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers.

LEFT BEHIND
Chris Goss presents a selection of images depicting some RAF fighters that were shot down or abandoned during the Battle of France.

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
The remarkable story of a how a note written to the editor of the Daily Mirror in August 1914 was thrown overboard in the English Channel.

THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS GOES TO WAR
Stuart Hadaway relates how the RFC prepared for war in 1914.

THE DAY THEY BOMBED THE STATION
One date stands out in the history of Middlesbrough in the Second World War – 3 August 1942. The target, as Bill Norman describes, was the town’s Railway Station.

THE NETTLETON ROOM
Twenty-one years ago the main briefing room at RAF Waddington was dedicated as “The Nettleton Room”. Andrew Thomas explains the background to the ceremony.

HEROES IN DISGUISE
Steve Snelling charts the story of one of the most remarkable sea duels of the First World War – an epic encounter between a British Q-ship and a German U-boat.

THE HIDDEN SECRET OF THE HUMBIE HEINKEL
In the case of the very first enemy aircraft to come down intact on the mainland of the British Isles in the Second World War, a highly significant discovery was made by RAF investigators – albeit one that had initially been overlooked.

REGULARS

BRIEFING ROOM
News, Restorations, Discoveries and Events from around the UK.

FIELDPOST
Your letters.

WHAT I WOULD SAVE IN A FIRE
A pair of autograph books in an exhibition at the British Schools Museum in Hitchin, Hertfordshire would be saved from a fire if Andy Gibbs, the museum manager, had his way.

IMAGE OF WAR
November 1941 – “A Slugging Match”.

DATES THAT SHAPED THE WAR
We chart some of the key moments and events that affected the United Kingdom in September 1944.

RECONNAISSANCE REPORT
A look at new books and products.

THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN OBJECTS
The gun that defied a division – a surviving QF 13 pounder Mk.I gun which remained in operation at Néry.

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