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TITLE
Members of the Royal Air Force
EXTERNAL ID
PC_WGORDON3_009_020
PERIOD
1930s; 1940s
SOURCE
W Gordon
ASSET ID
30347
KEYWORDS
RAF, Royal Airforce
airmen
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
RAFVR
AAF
Auxiliary Air Force
Members of the Royal Air Force

This photograph shows a group of Royal Air Force men outside a house. The location is unknown. In the second row, second from the left is Sergeant Peter McEwan of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, son of William and Helen McEwan of Highfield, Muir of Ord. Born in 1916, Peter was killed in action during World War II, aged 25.

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 Air Force 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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Members of the Royal Air Force

1930s; 1940s

RAF, Royal Airforce; airmen; Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve; RAFVR; AAF; Auxiliary Air Force

W Gordon

Winnie Gordon (photographs)

This photograph shows a group of Royal Air Force men outside a house. The location is unknown. In the second row, second from the left is Sergeant Peter McEwan of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, son of William and Helen McEwan of Highfield, Muir of Ord. Born in 1916, Peter was killed in action during World War II, aged 25. <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 Air Force 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%.