RAF Museum Research Programme

Royal Air Force Museum 2016 Research Programme

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In 2016, the Royal Air Force Museum’s Research Programme consists of lectures, conferences and workshops that seek to bridge the gap between public and academic history. In 2016, the Museum is launching a new series of lectures at our Cosford site that focus on air power during the Cold War years.

The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies

The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies, which are held in conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Society and the University of Wolverhampton, will explore a variety of air power related topics ranging from historical themes to contemporary issues.

The Trenchard lectures are not held at the RAF Museum but at the Royal Aeronautical Society and University of Wolverhampton respectively. The lectures start at 18:30.

25 February – Harry Raffal (University of Hull), ‘Aerial Defeat? The Royal Air Force and the Luftwaffe in Operation DYNAMO, the 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk’ at the Royal Aeronautical Society

10 March – Dr Robert Owen (Official Historian, No. 617 Squadron Association), ‘Planned Development or Haphazard Evolution? No. 617 Squadron, 1943-45’ at the University of Wolverhampton

19 May – Dr Lynsey Shaw Cobden (Air Historical Branch), ‘The Nervous Flyer: Psychological Disorders and the Royal Air Force, 1939-1945’ at the Royal Aeronautical Society

9 June – Dr Matthew Powell (Independent Scholar), ‘Tactical Air Power Development in Britain, 1940-1943’ at the University of Wolverhampton

20 October – Dr Tim Benbow (King’s College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College), ‘The Suez Operation, 1956: Planning a Strategic Air Campaign’ at the Royal Aeronautical Society

10 November – Dr Viktoriya Fedorchak (University of Nottingham), ‘The Development of RAF Air Power Doctrine, 1999-2013’ at the University of Wolverhampton

The First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lectures

The First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lectures, part of the RAF Museum’s HLF funded exhibition of the same name, will explore key events and air power developments from the conflict. These lectures take place once every quarter at the Museum’s site in London. The lectures start at 12:30.

12 February – Dr Edward Bujak (Harlaxton College (British Campus of the University of Evansville, Indiana)), ‘Reckless Fellows: The Officers and Gentlemen of the Royal Flying Corps’

13 May – Dr Nicholas Martin (University of Birmingham), ‘The Red Baron: Manfred von Richthofen and the Creation of a Legend’

12 August – Dr Jonathan Black (Kingston University), “Havoc from the Heavens’: The Contribution of British Air Power to the Destruction of Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Turkish Forces in 1918 through the eyes of British War Artist Lieutenant Sydney Carline RAF’

11 November – Dr Niall Barr (King’s College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College), ‘Night Owls: Lieutenant William Aitken and No. 151 Squadron in 1918’

The Cold War Lunchtime Lectures

The Cold War Lunchtime Lectures will explore key events and air power developments from the Cold War period. These lectures take place once every quarter at the Museum’s site at Cosford. The lectures start at 12:30.

19 February – Air Commodore (ret’d) Dr Peter Gray (University of Birmingham), ‘The Mighty Phantom: Personal Recollections of the F-4 during the Cold War’

20 May – Ewan Burnet (Royal Air Force Museum), ‘The RAF in the Korean War, 1950-1953’

19 August – Dr Ross Mahoney (Royal Air Force Museum), ‘The RAF and Counterinsurgency Warfare in Oman during the Cold War’

18 November – Colonel Edward Kaplan PhD (United States Air Force Academy), ‘Coming to Terms with the Air-Atomic Age’

All lectures are free of charge but you will need to pre-book online. Lectures are subject to change. Please visit our website for more details:- www.rafmuseum.org.uk

Researchers wishing to contribute papers to either lecture series should email a title and 300 word abstract of their proposed paper, plus a one-page CV to me at ross.mahoney@rafmuseum.org

 

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  6. Recently discovered in attic, old photo album 1915, of my grandfather Joseph Bertram Haley of no. 2 Aerial wing B flight, France then Gallipoli.
    It shows Pom Pom in Dunkirk, then various planes over islands in Greece, with aerial views and wide views of encampments and planes in Imbros, view of Mudros, Cape Hellas, Various group photos of “the Boys”, (some possibly in France), D Flight men posed in dugout, aerial photos of B,C and D flights. Photo on board Ark Royal. Boxing match on HMS Russell, flying over White Cliffs of Dover.

    (Joseph’s son RAF Sqn Ldr RVH Haley MBE BEM career officer, fought Africa, Palestine WW2. Also have many photos of that, including bombing of next Ark Royal in Mediterranean)

    Want them? I know that my father and grandfather would be pleased that they were kept for posterity.

    I’m looking for help in locating the service records of my Grandfather
    Joseph Bertram Haley, born 1885, who was in the medical corps as nurse/orderly
    He worked at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Southampton, as well as in Portsmouth. Joined Army by 1911 in Fulham London. I have searched the usual sites. Don’t even have service no. Any suggestions?

  7. Shiela,

    I am sure the Museum would be interested. You need to email our curatorial team who will deal with this. They can be contacted at research@rafmuseum.org

    As for your grandfather, have you tried the National Archives? This is the most likely place for his service record to be held.

    I hope this helps.

    Ross

  8. Sheila. You could do worse than start with file WO 363/H72 at The National Archive, Kew. It is part of ‘The Burnt Records” Series covering Haley Francis P – Haley James W and may contain something useful. Again at TNA, there is a record at WO 372/8/201855 of a medal card for Cpl Joseph B Haley, Serial No18648 of the Royal Army Medical Corps/2nd General Hospital. That is probably him and I would start there. You now potentially have his army number and at least one of the places where he served. If you do not wish to leave the comfort of your armchair, I believe that you can view the first reference by paying vast sums of money to “Ancestry” or similar commercial enterprise. The second is available on line from TNA for a more reasonable £3.50. If the 2nd General Hospital takes your fancy, then there are over 200 files in the MH/106 series at TNA covering everything from “Volunteer American Servicewomen” to “Kaffirs”. The Hospital may have been a part of the “Salonika Expeditionary Force”, which would tie in perhaps with some of your photograph locations? Caution here, though, as there was definitely a No 2 General Hospital at Le Havre in France and it is not possible to disentangle this with the details I have at my disposal tonight. A few thoughts. Good Luck. Adam

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