On 15 August, I will be delivering as talk at the WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust Fly-In Weekend at Stow Maries aerodrome. This talk will explore the development of the Britain air defence system during the First World War. It will chart the challenges faced by the Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Flying Corps as they sought to deal with the threat posed by Germany’s Zeppelins and Gotha bombers. It will also examine the role that these challenges played in the decision to form an independent air service, the Royal Air Force, after the perceived failures of 1917. Finally, it will chart the evolution of the London Air Defence Area and consider its influence on the development of Britain’s air defences that were used so successfully during the Second Battle of Britain in 1940.
You can book tickets by visiting the WAHT website here.