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Sergeant Peter McEwan of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

This photograph shows Sergeant Peter McEwan of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Peter was the son of William and Helen McEwan of Highfield, Muir of Ord and was killed in action during World War II, aged 25. 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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Sergeant Peter McEwan of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

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

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This photograph shows Sergeant Peter McEwan of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Peter was the son of William and Helen McEwan of Highfield, Muir of Ord and was killed in action during World War II, aged 25. 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%.