“Tradition does not die in the ashes but is carried forward in the flames”

Royal Auxiliary Air Force Foundation

 Patron:  HRH  The  Duke  of  Gloucester

ROLL OF HONOUR


Painstaking research to determine the names to be entered in the RoH was undertaken by two of the Foundation’s Trustees, Squadron Leaders Tony Freeman and r Bruce Blanche. The scroll work was undertaken by John Mash and the the book cover and binding by Tony Smith. The Trustees acknowledge the valuable assistance provided by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the PMA Casualty Branch (RAF)  and the staff of the National Memorial Arboretum. They are also extremely grateful to the RAF Charitable Trust and the RAF Central Fund who respectively provided the funding for the RoH book and for the cabinet in which it is housed.; without this support, the project could not have been undertaken.

BACKGROUND

Although the names of Auxiliary Air Force (AAF)  and Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF) personnel who have died in combat are listed in the Rolls of Honour (RoH) located in the Royal Air Force (RAF) Church of St Clement Danes, they were not listed in a separate and discrete RoH in the Church.  Accordingly, in 2010 the Foundation’s Trustees began the process of compiling such a document. It was agreed it should contain the names of those Auxiliaries who had died in combat and, in peacetime, whilst on duty.. Their names were written on vellum and were bound in a white leather cover in the style of the RAF RoHs in the Church but with the RAuxAF Badge on the Front rather than that of the RAF. The document is housed in a fine oak cabinet located at in a prominent position at the front of the northern aisle.

The RoH was dedicated at a Service held in St Clement Danes on 28 October 2012. The Service included the laying up of the RAuxAF’s first Sovereign’s Colour.  The Foundation’s Patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester was present..