The RAF in a World Transformed, 1945–49

Date / time: 28 September - 29 September, 9:45 am - 3:45 pm

The RAF in a World Transformed, 1945–49

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The Royal Air Force Museum will host a Virtual Conference exploring the RAF’s transition from war to peace on 28–29 September 2020.

The Conference is FREE to attend and consists of an exciting line-up of speakers covering a wide range of areas including panels exploring Industry, Technology and Environmental Perspectives; RAF Operations in South-East Asia; Post-War Operational Design and Policy; and Fostering Air Forces? The RAF and its International Relationships. In addition to these panels, the conference will include papers which present research on The Potsdam raid, 1945; The Search for Missing Aircrew; From War to Windrush; Post-War Female RAF Service; Air Ministry Interpretations of the RAF’s wartime history; and Exercise Thunderbolt: Objective assessment of the Bomber Offensive or the Air Staff view of history?The conference will feature a keynote address on ‘The Flyer Confronts the Post-War Age: Survival, Guilt and Politics’ given by Martin Francis author of The Flyer: British Culture and the Royal Air Force, 1939–1949 and Ideas and Policies Under Labour, 1945–1951

The Conference Papers will explore themes related to:

  • The RAF in the Far East
  • Air Power
  • Science, Technology, and Industry
  • Environmental Perspectives
  • The RAF and Windrush
  • Research and Design
  • The RAF’s interpretation of role in the Second World War
  • Strategic Bombing
  • Post-War Operational Design and Policy
  • Social History
  • The RAF and International Relations

Speakers will be livestreamed from the RAF Museum lecture theatre and panels will be followed by a Q&A with the online audience