Clicking on this slide will reveal clips of some of the music played by the College Band during graduation ceremonies
This is a recording of the Post Horn Gallop, played from the Gallery in the CHOM Dining Hall at every RAF College Dining In Night, usually to rapturous applause.
Clicking on this slide will reveal an extract from Sir Frank Whittle's explanation of his work developing the Jet Engine, He was the first Cranwellian cadet to be knighted.
This is a recording of the opening scene from the film Battle of Britain, where Laurence Olivier plays the part of Sir Hugh Dowding and recites an extract from his famous letter to Churchill. A copy of the actual letter hangs in the College Library.
Clicking on this slide will reveal a recording of the College bells donated by theShell Group, playing the Retreat. These chimes follow the hourly chimes at 0600, 1600 (Winter), 1800 (Summer) and midnight. On hearing them, cadets must stand to attention in respect of al the cadets who were killed during WWII.
Clicking on this slide will reveal one the very few recordings of Lord Trenchard, the founder of the RAF and of the RAF College.
Clicking on this slide will reveal a recording of another of the RAF College's founders, Gen Smutz, speaking to parliament in 1942 at the request of Churchill. If Churchill and the Cabinet had been lost to the Germans, Smutz would have taken over as leader.
Clicking on this slide will reveal a clip of Churchill's famous "Battle of Britain" speech.
Clicking on this slide will reveal an American news reel covering the sinking of the Tirpitz which involved 617 Sqn led by Cranwellian Wg Cdr Willie Tait DSO***.
Clicking on this slide will reveal Cranwellian AVM Professor Tony Mason interviewing Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris.
Clicking on this slide will reveal a news clip of the funeral of Cranwellian TE Lawrence (aka AC Shaw and Lawrence of Arabia).
Clicking on this slide will reveal an extract from an interview with Cranwellian fighter ace Sir Douglas Bader and people he worked with.
FIRST REVISION 20 SEPTEMBER 2021
The above audios kindly donated by Cranwellian Mike Smith. Click on the graphic to move to his website. You will be delighted you did.