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Royal Air Force

noun
1.
the air force of the United Kingdom RAF
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  • Not just four ordinary flights, but four all-out invasion formations with all the punch the royal air force could put behind them.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F. Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • The embodiment of the fighting scout squadrons was part of the expansion and organisation of what became the royal air force.

    Sixty Squadron R.A.F. Group-Captain A. J. L. Scott
  • In 1918 the statutes were amended in order to admit officers of the royal air force to the military division.

  • The royal air force would blast every one of those air fields and get the enemy on the ground.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F. Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • The big show was on, the biggest the royal air force had ever planned.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F. Rutherford G. Montgomery
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Royal Air Force definition


The British air force, most famous for its performance in the Battle of Britain and other campaigns of World War II. Known as the RAF.

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