20 October 1986 ‒ Inaugural Meeting
THE INTELLIGENCE WAR AND THE ROYAL AIR FORCE
by Prof R V Jones
RAF HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The RAF Historical Society: founded in 1986 and fully supported by the Air Force Board – “advancing the education of RAF history.” Registered charity No 299029
The Royal Air Force Historical Society was established in 1986 by the efforts of a small committee led by Air Mshl Sir Freddie Sowrey. A registered charity, it is entirely self-financing and has the full support of the Royal Air Force Board.
It was created because no organisation existed at the time to studying the history of the RAF and the contribution it has made to global peace and security since 1918. By bringing like-minded individuals together at a number of events throughout the year, the Society provides an excellent forum where specific historical events can be discussed and examined in detail.
To do this, it holds two seminars a year – one at the RAF Museum, Hendon, and one at another location such as BAWA, Bristol or RAF Cranwell and an Annual General Meeting held in the RAF Club in London. Each event explores a specific theme and consists of presentations by academic historians offering their views and veterans recalling their personal involvement. Provision for discussion is made via question and answer sessions and the entire proceedings are published in the thrice-yearly RAF Historical Society journals.
Membership of the Society costs £18 per year and enables you to be informed about the significant contribution the RAF has made to global peace and security since 1918. It entitles you to receive the 3 journals produced each year which contain submissions from leading academics and researchers who have studied specific RAF contributions to events.
The Society's primary charitable aim is “To advance the public’s education of Royal Air Force history.”