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TITLE
Royal Air Force men
EXTERNAL ID
PC_WGORDON3_009_011
PERIOD
1930s; 1940s
SOURCE
W Gordon
ASSET ID
30338
KEYWORDS
Royal Airforce Volunteer Reserve
Second World War
RAFVR
AAF
Auxiliary Air Force
Royal Air Force men

This photograph shows two airmen of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Pictured right is Peter McEwan, son of William and Helen McEwan of Highfield, Muir of Ord. Peter was killed in action during World War II, aged 25. No information is available about the airmen pictured with him and the location in which the photograph was taken in is unknown.

A strong RAF presence existed throughout the Highlands during World War II. There were several local bases including RAF Dalcross, Golspie, Evanton, Invergordon, Alness and Wick. The Royal Airforce Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR) was created in 1936 as a supplement to the Auxiliary Air Force (AAF). At the start of World War II the RAFVR was the main means by which volunteers could achieve aircrew entry to serve with the RAF. In 1941 it was recorded that more than 50% of Bomber Command aircrew were members of the RAFVR and in later years this percentage rose to more than 95%.

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Royal Air Force men

1930s; 1940s

Royal Airforce Volunteer Reserve; Second World War; RAFVR; AAF; Auxiliary Air Force

W Gordon

Winnie Gordon (photographs)

This photograph shows two airmen of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Pictured right is Peter McEwan, son of William and Helen McEwan of Highfield, Muir of Ord. Peter was killed in action during World War II, aged 25. No information is available about the airmen pictured with him and the location in which the photograph was taken in is unknown.<br /> <br /> A strong RAF presence existed throughout the Highlands during World War II. There were several local bases including RAF Dalcross, Golspie, Evanton, Invergordon, Alness and Wick. The Royal Airforce Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR) was created in 1936 as a supplement to the Auxiliary Air Force (AAF). At the start of World War II the RAFVR was the main means by which volunteers could achieve aircrew entry to serve with the RAF. In 1941 it was recorded that more than 50% of Bomber Command aircrew were members of the RAFVR and in later years this percentage rose to more than 95%.