RAF COLLEGE CRANWELL

The Oldest Military Air Academy in the World

WELCOME TO THE CRANWELLIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY (CHS)

Conceived by Lord Hugh Trenchard, the RAF College was formed on 1 November 1919 and commenced training on 5 February 1920.

To mark the College's 100th anniversary, the CHS was set up to pay tribute to the RAF College's unrivalled heritage, inviting you to explore and enjoy its achievements and those of some of its legendary graduates. Please feel free to feedback comments or contributions to Ian at:

ibms520@gmail.com

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NEWS

Cranwellian

"High Flyers"

Cranwell's

Founders

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"Heroes"

Cranwellian

"Icons"

May's Feature of the Month

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Remembering VE Day, Cranwellian Dambusters and E28/39 Jet Flight

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Pre-WWII, WWII & Post WWII (1920-1979) 'LOOK UP' Tables

IOT/IOTC/SERE Preview now available

CORE VALUES INSTILLED INTO EVERY CRANWELLIAN:

RESPECT

INTEGRITY

SERVICE

EXCELLENCE

RESPECT INCLUDING SELF-RESPECT, MUTUAL RESPECT, HUMILITY AND INCLUSION. A symbol of our respect is chimed by the RAF College Bells on the hour, three times every day: Midnight, 0600, 1800 (Summer time) and 1600 (Winter time). Seldom heard unless you live in Cranwell or are employed at the College, the College Bells strike 'The Retreat' in commemoration of Cranwellians lost during WWII. Personnel in earshot are required to stand to attention whilst the bells complete this salute. RESPECT. Click on the Graphic.Info
INTEGRITY INCLUDNG MORAL COURAGE, JUSTICE AND HONESTY. The integrity of every Cranwellian is underscored by honesty and strong moral principles that engender trust and enable the RAF to operate effectively. Click on the graphic below for a summary of College throughput between 1920 and 2019, nearly 30,000 Cranwellians with INTEGRITY. Info
SERVICE INCLUDING PHYSICAL & MENTAL COURAGE, COMMITMENT, LOYALTY AND TEAMWORK. Service is the ultimate act of unselfish commitment, and military life is one of selfless service to the Crown and the Nation. Never more so is such selfless commitment demonstrated by the ultimate sacrifice made by brave service personnel in combat, or when training for combat. Click on the graphic (WIP) for a summary of Cranwellian losses in Service between 1920 and 2019. SERVICE.Info
EXCELLENCE INCLUDING PERSONAL EXCELLENCE, DISCIPLINE AND PRIDE. Cranwellians have much of which to be justifiably proud. A measure of excellence (and Respect, Integrity and Service) achieved by Cranwellians is exemplified by the Decorations and Honours recieved in combat and/or a lifetime of service commitment. Click on the graphic (COMING SOON) to see a summary of Cranwellians bestowed such awards for their commitment and dedication.Info
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Cranwellians Mike Horton, Mike Smith and Ian Steward have joined forces to celebrate the unrivalled 100 year history of the RAF College and its remarkable alumni. This album announces the launch of Project APOLLO, the worldwide promotion of RAF College History.Info

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