No. 151 Wing RAF - Eastern Front

rampant

LE
Kit Reviewer
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On an internet wander, staring from the Berlin Airlift Thread on here: http://www.arrse.co.uk/community/threads/the-reunion-bbc-r4-berlin-airlift.217863/

I ended up looking "discovering" No 151 Wing RAF which flew on the Eastern Front. Beyond the brief wiki can any of ARRSE Historical Society provide more detail?

How much of an impact do think that this somewhat brief tour had on the war effort on the Eastern Front?

And further to that, the somewhat distasteful in hindsight, though politicalally necessary, attacks on Finland by UK forces.

The wander flowed this path:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Blockade#The_April_Crisis_and_the_Little_Air_Lift
to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakovlev_Yak-3
to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Albert
to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normandie-Niemen_Regiment
to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._151_Wing_RAF

Seems an interesting small topic for dissection, any takers?
 
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bokkatankie

Guest
Not WW2 but post WW1 the RAF were engaged in the civil war, this is a good fiction book about that largely unknown part of history:

A Splendid Little War [Kindle Edition]
Derek Robinson (Author)

Have to say I am a bit of a fan of DR.
 

Wordsmith

LE
Book Reviewer
I'd have to look up the references, but a number of RAF, Naval and Army units operated out of Murmansk and the surrounding areas. There was also a facility to handle merchant seamen rescued after their ships had been sunk in the Arctic convoys.

Another example was one of the bombing raids on the Tirpitz which was staged out of Russia because the Lancasters didn't have the range to fly from and return to the UK.

In the main Stalin was underwhelmed by the quality of the aircraft. The Hurricane and Hampden were obsolescent at that point in the war and no match for the Luftwaffe aircraft they would face. The missions were further hampered by Soviet suspicion about the motives of the military missions - the personnel were regarded as little better than spies and kept confined to specified areas.

Wordsmith
 
151 Wing's aircraft were handed over to the Russkies when they returned home and allocated to the Free French Normandie-Niemen squadron. If you're ever in Les Andelys (on the Seine in Normandy) there's a nice little museum just off the road into the centre from the river.
 

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