I have discovered these books - The Solomon Gray books by Keith Nixon and find them excellent. So I recommend them

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Launched today......... A CONCISE GLOBAL HISTORY OF THE RAF POLICE 1918 - 2018 Kindle Edition by Stephen R Davies (Author) 493 pages - £7.......... Written by Stephen R Davies, who served with the RAF Police for 25 years, this informative book is a concise global history of the Royal Air Force Police in the lead-up to the Centenary on 1 April 2018. The full history is related in 6 e-books that are available on-line from the Amazon Kindle Store. Although a relatively small cadre, the force has excelled as a professional military police and security service during its first 100 years. Whether the reader is a serving or former member of the RAF Police, or anyone with an interest in modern military history, I am sure that all will enjoy this account of a unique branch of the Royal Air Force.

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Kindly light: the story of Blind Veterans UK

Arthur Pearson
In this picture: Sir Arthur Pearson, the charity's founder


The history of Blind Veterans UK (formerly known as St Dunstan's) is expertly told in this new biography by author Andrew Norman. 

He explores the history of the charity's founder Sir Arthur Pearson and the impact his ideas have had on veterans with sight loss over the last 100 years. 

Kindly Light: The Story of Blind Veterans UK

The book Kindly Light: The Story of Blind Veterans UK was written by Andrew Norman, the grandson of one of our First World War blind veterans, Thomas Waldin. Andrew is an established author who has produced many biographies, including one of his grandfather, 'A Brummie Boy Goes to War'. Kindly Light is another great addition to his collection, but it also has the special significance of connecting him to his family's past.

                                          Kindly light: a book about Blind Veterans UK

About the book

The book tells the story of the charity Blind Veterans UK, formerly known as St Dunstan's from its origins in 1915 to the present day. Our charity was founded over 100 years ago during the First World War by Sir Arthur Pearson (who was himself blind) to bring hope and practical support to service-men blinded in conflict.

Now, a hundred years later his achievement has lived on and today thousands of veterans and their families from benefit from his early vision, through training and rehabilitation.

Many inspiring stories of our veterans over the 100 years are retold in this book, alongside a great account of the charity's history.

About the author

Andrew Norman was born in Newbury, Berkshire, in 1943. He was educated in Zimbabwe and Oxford and qualified in medicine at the Radcliffe Infirmary. From 1972 to 1983, Norman worked as a general practitioner in Dorset before a spinal injury cut short his medical career.

He is now an established writer whose published works include biographies of Thomas Hardy, Adolf Hitler, Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Mugabe and Charles Darwin.


Buster by Will Barrow and Isabel George

Buster by Will Barrow and Isabel George


Most dogs are special to their owners, but here’s a dog that is extra special.


Beautiful brown and white springer spaniel Buster is a military hero… he has a nose for danger, a heart of pure gold and during active service with the RAF, he saved thousands of lives.

Described by his many admiring ‘colleagues’ as a best friend in dog’s clothing and ‘a real person trapped in a fur coat,’ Buster served in three separate wars in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, an unparalleled achievement for a military dog.

He retired in 2010 and the following year he was showered with tributes and won the Crufts Friends for Life Award and a nomination for the prestigious Sun Military Award. Buster is also the official lifetime mascot of the RAF Police.

Throughout his long and perilous career, Buster had several handlers but there was one man with whom he built up a mutually adoring relationship – RAF Police Flight Sergeant Michael ‘Will’ Barrow.

Buster, who saw Will through some of his darkest hours in Afghanistan, ‘the most dangerous place on God’s earth,’ now has a permanent home with the RAF serviceman and his family in Lincoln.

Their partnership under fire produced some heroic feats in the dust and desert heat of Afghanistan – and beyond – and now Will’s amazing and moving story of enduring loyalty and a life-saving friendship has been told to Isabel George.

‘With some dogs you share a boil in the bag breakfast and maybe a blanket on a cold desert floor… but, if you’re very, very lucky there will be the one dog you would lay down your life for – and for me that dog is Buster,’ he reveals in a book that will have readers gasping in awe one minute and wiping away a tear in the next.

This inspirational man-dog friendship began in 2007 after Will completed a course as an Arms and Explosives Search (AES) dog handler and was introduced to his new partner, three-year-old Buster who had already completed two tours of Bosnia with two different handlers.

It was an emotional moment for Buster’s previous handler who had the heartbreak of seeing his special dog disappearing off with someone else. ‘It’s like seeing your wife with another bloke!’ jokes Will.

It was tough for Buster too but this dog was a military ‘professional’ … after giving his new ‘master’ a very cool once-over and enjoying a bit of bribery (dog treats), he was the happy, bouncy, proud and confident dog that had already marked him out as the perfect search dog.

Will knew that this tour of duty in war-torn Afghanistan was ‘going to be like nothing else ever’ and he would need a dog that not just coped, but thrived. Buster was that dog, wise beyond his years and a cut above any animal he had worked with before.

Buster got to know Will better than Will knew himself, he was his ‘hairy comfort blanket,’ his closest companion with whom he witnessed Taliban ambushes, dodged bullets, carried out dangerous night searches and endured terrifying rides in the sweaty belly of lumbering Viking tanks.

When their tour of duty ended, the two friends returned home but within a few months Buster was back on duty with a new handler in Afghanistan because another search dog had failed its licensing.

But it wasn’t the end of their partnership… the two were reunited and in 2009 Buster became the last British Military Working Dog to leave Iraq. A year later, he officially became a permanent member of the Barrow household.

The two are still the best of friends, a relationship built on trust and loyalty. Throughout the danger, the heat, the discomfort, the fear, Will Barrow says that he knew that if he died, whether it was that day or that night, he would not be alone – his best pal would be watching over him.

An emotional and uplifting story about a dog in a million.

(Virgin Books, hardback, £9.99)

“A Snowdrop in Salalah, The Full Circle” by  Rob Wharton

25% of all monies raised will be divided equally between the Royal British Legion and the RAF Benevolent fund. 

Thank you for your offer of posting it on your website! That will certainly help to get other folk interested.
The publication date will be some time towards the end of the month as I’ve still to get my final proof copy before approving it for general release. However, the blurb on the back is:

When William ‘Bill’ Goodman died in 2002 little did his daughters know the extent of the memoirs he had been writing in the few years before his death.

Bill’s life, from joining the RAF in 1941 at the age of 18 to his demob in 1948, was fraught with adventure. He describes his service with 7 Squadron at Oakington; he then highlights the terrifying events of the night their Stirling was shot down over Holland, his subsequent incarceration at Stalag Luft 3, periods in other camps and, finally, the long debilitating march back home. All this with fascinating commentary, vivid description and the intimacy of his experience. The reader will meet his fellow airmen and POWs, the man who shot down their Stirling on that eventful night, the heroes of the Dutch resistance and, surprisingly, a kindly and caring guard in Stalag Luft 3!

A fascinating first-hand account of a young man’s wartime experience.

This is Brandon Soale from the Stalag Luft III group on facebook. My book is called From Foggia to Freedom and it includes the stories of 15th Air Force airmen. I covered the history of the combined bomber offensive and how the invasion of Italy led to the establishment of airfields around Foggia, Italy. I covered the development of the B-17 from the Y1B to the B-17G and included interviews with veterans who flew combat missions on them. The second half of the book includes interviews with veterans about a missions that took place on Friday, Oct. 13, 1944 when five B-17s were shot down. I interviewed members of a crew that was shot down and rescued by Yugo partisans and returned to Italy and members of a crew that was captured. They spent the rest of the war in Stalag Luft III or IV.

The book is available on Amazon for $19.99

You can also purchase it from me directly for $18 by mailing a request to:

CrabApple Books
PO Box 12
Camden, Ohio 45311

I can also be contacted via email at I would be happy to mail the book with an invoice and the payment can be sent upon receipt. I will also sign it and inscribe it for people if they wish.

I hope this helps and thank you for putting it on the website.


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By Stephen R Davies

A Royal Air Force Policeman’s experiences at home and abroad, 1975-2000

In this entertaining and impressively extensive 940,00-word memoir, Stephen R Davies looks back on his eventful 25-year career in the RAF Police from 1975 to 2000, during which time he worked at various locations in the United Kingdom and overseas as far afield as Germany, Belize and Ascension Island.

In the course of his career Steve would be involved in a wide variety of police work, from basic guard and security duties to specialist criminal investigation and anti-drug operations. Along the way he would learn a great deal about police procedures, teamwork and personnel management, knowledge which was later put to good use when he became an instructor at RAF Police Training School.

Policing is, of course, serious work and this is reflected in much of the narrative, in which Steve details the challenges and problems he faced, both in fighting crime and maintaining good working relationships with colleagues, subordinates and superiors, which frequently called for all the inventiveness and ingenuity he could muster.

There are many lighter moments too, when Steve recalls some of the humorous situations he encountered in the line of duty and these are described with a mischievous sense of humour that is also evident the pranks and practical jokes that he and his colleagues were fond of playing on one another.

This book is, of course, highly recommended to any former RAF policemen, who will no doubt find within its pages much to remind them of their own experiences, while those who are young and inexperienced will find that it contains a great deal of valuable information and good advice.

But you do not have to be a policeman or even a military veteran to enjoy Steve’s articulate and amusing tales of his years in uniform, which contain plenty of entertainment value for readers of all ages and persuasions.

I have now republished my original book, 'Fiat Justitia - A History of the RAF Police' in e-format via Amazon Kindle. If you are interested you can see the details and read a preview of the book on this link....


The e-book "ROYAL AIR FORCE POLICE - AT WAR" has been published to the Kindle Store and is already available for readers to purchase here:
This book takes you on a journey from construction in the late 1930s through to the ultimate closure in 2001. Along the way, read about the wartime years, the rescue of a Wellington Bomber crew from the ice cold North Sea, the post-war missile training era, the Vulcan landing and Josef Warchal's amazing jorney from Poland across war torn Europe to RAF Newton.
First (collectors) edition was published in November 2008. Second (revised) edition published in August 2009 and the Third (revised) edition published in September 2010.
Hardback (size 175 x 245mm)
Colour throughout
Over 200 illustrations, photographs, paintings and pen drawings.
288 pages
Foreward by Group Captain C B Sid Adcock (Ret'd) the Last Station Commander, RAF Newton 1993-1995.
Introduction by Group Captain Hugh F O'Neil (Ret'd) No 12 Group HQ, Newton 1947-1950.
I am able to negotiate a reduced price on this book which normally sells at £25 + £5.50 postage. The author Tim wishes to support me in my fund raising for Help for Heroes (Charity No 1120920). The Royal Air Force Police Dog Handlers' charity Project has raised money at all of the QPD Reunions held in 2008, 2009 & 2011. We have been granted Charity of the Year status by Help for Heroes. This means I am fund raising from September 2011 - September 2012. (This will be renewed each year). I have been working on numerous exciting initiatives which will enable me to offer all the RAF Police Family a range of items donated by businesses large and small at attractive rates. This will give the businesses and more importantly Help for Heroes an income stream.
If you are interested in the RAF Newton book please email me or call 0116 2740443. The price I am to sell the book at is £20 + £2.50 postage. (It is hoped based on interest shown to be less). The Author has a book about the history of RAF Syerston coming out approximately February 2012. I will keep you informed when published.
Tim is also a member of The Guild of Aviation Artists, please look at his website as I am also in negotiations to be able to sell his prints at very attractive prices.
Any specific print that you are interested in please let me know.
Kind Regards

can I make you aware of a hardback (colour) book I self-published three years ago on the history of RAF Newton which contains a chapter on the RAF Police and dog section?
It is titled - Last Post at Newton: the life of RAF Newton and is only available direct from myself. More details on my website at

A sequel to "those Bloomin' Snowdrops" entitled, "More Bloomin' Snowdrops" by RAFPA member Stephen R Davies, should be published in mid November 2010. It can be ordered direct from Woodfield Publishing by visiting their website  Again, the book is filled with RAFP humour and cartoons and will definitely have you in fits of laughter.
Thanks in anticipation,
Regards   Steve Davies
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RAF Police: The Great Escape Murders    ISBN 1-84683-086-9

By  Stephen R Davies                         COST  £15-00

It gives me great pleasure to inform you all that my new book is now on sale and can be obtained direct from Woodfield Publishing. It is an account of the official RAF Police investigation into the murders of 50 RAF POWs from Stalag Luft III in 1944.

This book tells the remarkable story of the Great Escape made by British, Commonwealth and Allied prisoners-of-war from Stalag Luft III in March 1944, the brutal murder of fifty of the recaptured RAF officers by the Gestapo on the personal orders of Hitler, the story of those recaptured and sent to concentration camps and the subsequent complex post-war investigation carried out by the Royal Air Force Police Special Investigation Branch, which identified those responsible ~ all the way from German High Command down to the Gestapo executioners who carried out their orders.

The wanted men from the Gestapo and Kriminalpolizei (Criminal Police) who survived the war were swiftly hunted down in the chaos of worn-torn Europe, rounded up as war criminals by the small but dedicated RAF Police investigation team and later brought to justice in Hamburg. Sixteen of those found guilty by the International and British War Crimes Tribunal were sentenced to death and were hanged at Nuremberg and Hamburg, while a further four were hanged by the authorities in Czechoslovakia for a variety of war crimes against humanity. Others found guilty by the tribunals of complicity received various terms of imprisonment.

Regrettably, a change in British government policy in 1948 prevented others who had been arrested by the RAF Police from being prosecuted by the International War Crimes Tribunal and in most cases they walked away as free men, in spite of the blood on their hands.

This remarkable war crimes investigation, the only one of its kind entrusted to a British military police force, began at the end of hostilities in 1945. Over 23 years later, in 1968, one of the last suspects in the case was traced and convicted by a West German Court for his part in this infamous wartime mass murder.



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Since 1993 Stephen R Davies has been researching the complex history of the RAF Police since its formation on the 1st April 1918. His first successful book, ‘Fiat Justitia – Royal Air Force Police’ was published in April 1997. Since then many former Provost Officers, RAF Police Warrant Officers and NCOs came forward with a story to tell him of their service around the world and as result, his research has continued and he is currently working towards recording the first 100 Years of the RAF Police 1918 - 2018. In November 2005 ‘RAF Police Dogs on Patrol’ was published and ‘RAF Police Operations in Europe was published in November 2006. ‘RAF Police – Cape Town to Kabul was published in November 2007 and ‘RAF Police – Bombay to Ascension Island and ‘Those Bloomin’ Snowdrops’ are being published towards the end of 2008.


Steve is also currently working on a book about the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III in 1944, the murder of 50 re-captured RAF prisoners by the Gestapo and the RAF SIB investigation which hunted down the killers and brought many to justice. He is hoping to publish that together with the sequel to ‘Those Bloomin’ Snowdrops’ towards the end of 2009. After that date more books on the subject of the RAF Police will be offered for publication.


The books already published can be ordered direct from the publisher:

Woodfield Publishing Limited, Woodfield House, Babsham Lane,

Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 5EL

Tel: 01243 821234   Fax: 01243 821757




Steve served in the RAF Police between 1975 and 2000 and retired as a Flight Sergeant qualified in Special Investigations, Counter-Intelligence, and Instructional techniques. He completed the British Home Office detective training course with the Lancashire Constabulary and drug related courses with the Avon & Somerset Constabulary, the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Royal Navy.


The RAF Police Association is currently trying to expand and recruit new members; producing a further wealth of historical material on which to drawn from. Indeed, can the other Service Police organisations recount their first 100 years in such detail? The answer is ‘No’. The RAF Police however, are already on the way to doing just that. If you can contribute anything to this unique history then please send Steve your submission. It matters not whether you did National Service or a full blown career so please contact me, you may hold an important piece of this gigantic jigsaw that is indeed, the History of the Royal Air Force Police.

Stephen R Davies

Casa da Mó – Beco do Serradinho 2,

Trás do Outeiro 2510-194, Óbidos, Portugal

Telephone and Fax:  00 351 262 95 9933          

Mobile:  00 351 917 010 370      e-mail:


Recently the RAF Police have undergone a major realignment in the way it supports global RAF tactical operations and joint military manoeuvres. In 2005 the former RAF Provost & Security Services (P&SS), located at RAF Henlow Bedfordshire, was renamed as the Headquarters Provost Marshal (RAF). An officer of Air Commodore rank is appointed as Air Officer RAF Police while the appointment of Provost Marshal is held by a provost Group Captain. While the Air Commodore remains the figurehead of the branch, unlike the Provost Marshal, he has no remit to investigate or influence criminal or security matters.

Specialist Police Wing (SPW) now carries out the functions previously undertaken by P&SS, and comprises three squadrons; RAF Special Investigation Branch (SIB), Counter-Intelligence Squadron (CIS) and Security Services Squadron (SSS). SSS is based at RAF Henlow with HQPM (RAF), along with the command nucleus of the SIB and CIS, while SIB and CIS teams are established at three dispersed UK units; HMS Caledonia (Scotland), RAF Cranwell (Lincoln) and RAF Halton (Buckinghamshire) to provide specialist local support to RAF unit commanders. RAF Police are also employed overseas with joint police and security units in Gibraltar, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands. The RAF Police are also fully committed to ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to the Tactical Police Wing (TPW), five RAF Police squadrons within the UK have been formed as part of the General Police Wing (GPW) to undertake general police duties, higher level security tasks and Air Transport Security operations on and off RAF units. As a consequence of the Armed Forces Act 2007, operational RAF Police are no longer subject to the control of station commanders, but instead answer to the Provost Marshal in respect of police and security matters, rather like the system employed by the Royal Military Police (RMP). RAF Police training is carried out at the Defence Police College at Southwick Park, Hampshire, an establishment shared with the Royal Naval Provost Branch and the RMP. Other specialist police and security training courses, such as the Home Office Detective training course, continue to be conducted at other service or civil police establishments around the UK, while basic and specialist training courses for dog handlers are conducted at the Defence Animal Centre, Melton Mowbray.

My name is Stewart Gemmill. I've just launched a website last month ( ) and already it's attracted over 560 hits. It is for the purposes of selling an ebook on the Greenock Blitz of 1941. I believe it will have worldwide appeal since I've sold hardcopies of the book to people in Arizona in the USA and Geelong in Australia. This is partly because during the war Greenock was the busiest port in the world. Between May 1942 and the end of 1944 alone, 1,319,089 G.I's had been delivered safely to the Clyde. Exiled governments also set up bases and billets in Greenock e.g. the French, the Poles and the Czechs. 

The Hamburg Dossier

ISBN 1-84683-035-4

by John Law

An RAF Police officer investigates a murder in postwar Germany

The early days of the British occupation of Germany after World War II saw a rise in Black Market activities that often resulted in violence and even murder.

Sergeant Harry Penrose of the RAF Special Investigation Branch investigates a series of such murders with the tentative co-operation of the Hamburg Polizei. His investigation takes him into the seedy clip-joints and brothels of the notorious St Pauli area of Hamburg, but he is unable to bring the case to a successful conclusion.

Forty years later, after rising through the ranks of the Metropolitan Police with a 100% murder investigation success rate, and after a second career with a security company, Penrose returns to Hamburg with the intention of clearing the blot on his record.

He meets up again with two women who had been part of his earlier life and the now aged German investigator with whom he once worked.

Together they hope to set the record straight.

Author is our own John Law and it is available from

You may be interested in details of my new book. It is available from the publisher at a cost of £16 (UK). Many thanks in anticipation of your support ............ Steve




ISBN 1-84683-019-2

By Stephen R Davies


This informative book describes in detail the wide ranging operations undertaken by units of the RAF Police from Cape Town in South Africa through Africa, Malta, Cyprus, the Middle East and Persia to Kabul in Afghanistan between 1918 and 2006.

After the formation of the RAF in 1918, members of the RAF Service Police were deployed on RAF airfields in Iraq, Palestine and in Egypt. After the outbreak of World War II, the RAF quickly expanded and so did the RAF Police. RAF deployments throughout Africa, Malta, Cyprus, the Middle East and Iraq rapidly spread and additional RAF Police units were formed to support RAF commanders on the ground. Violent post war anti-colonial unrest within Palestine and in Egypt saw the RAF Police at the very forefront in protecting RAF units, aircraft, materiel and personnel from the daily threat of terrorism, sabotage, subversion, espionage and widespread pilfering. Additionally, similar RAF Police operations undertaken during the later Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, the Cypriot EOKA terrorist campaign, and the Yemeni backed guerrilla conflicts within Aden and Oman were extremely effective in maintaining RAF security on the ground and in the air. As the global political situation changed and the operational range of military aircraft increased, the RAF withdrew from its former units within the region but maintained an ever-ready presence on the troubled island of Cyprus. In more recent times, RAF Police units have served alongside Coalition forces in both Gulf wars against Saddam Hussein, and during operations in Afghanistan against the Taliban and Al-Queda. Furthermore, the RAF Police have rescued British and foreign civilians from war-torn Beirut and were also deployed to Sierra Leone in 2000 to support British military operations to stabilise the country after a bloody civil war.

Written by Stephen R Davies, who served with the RAF Police for 25 years this informative book is illustrated with many photographs, and supported by many first-hand accounts from former and serving members of the branch who were stationed within the region at the time of those events. This easily readable book is full of interesting facts and is certain to be of great interest to those who served in the RAF Police. However, there is also much to be enjoyed by anyone with a general interest in the RAF or modern military history and current affairs.



The book, along with my previous RAFP books can be ordered from the publisher:

Woodfield Publishing Limited, Woodfield House, Babsham Lane,

Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 5EL

Tel: 01243 821234   Fax: 01243 821757



The lost history of this WW2 Bomber Command squadron is revealed for the first time


When the remains of a Lancaster bomber and its crew were found in a river in Hannover in 1977 an investigation began that was to take over 25 years to complete...

At the time, the author, Bryan Clark, was in charge of the SIB of the RAF Police in Germany and his initial investigations in the line of duty led him to the discovery that the squadron to which the missing aircraft had belonged - No 619, based at RAF Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire - had all but disappeared from history. It did not even have a squadron crest in the RAF Club [having lost so many airmen and Commanding Officers that nobody ever got around to designing one.]

It struck Bryan that the story of these valiant young airmen, who had perished so far from home in the service of their country, should not go unrecorded and he determined to discover everything he could about the seven crewmembers who had perished in this particular Lancaster - EE109 PG-F - and to record their story for posterity.

His researches led him to all sorts of unexpected discoveries, including the identity of the teenage German anti-aircraft gunner (now an elderly former professor) whose flak battery had shot the aircraft down. But as well as recording the story of the crew of EE109, Bryan also meticulously gathered statistics about every aircraft and every crewmember lost by 619 squadron and many other details about the squadron's activities throughout the war. These too were added to the narrative to make an impressive volume of 97,000 words telling the entire squadron history. 

Thanks to Bryan's efforts No 619 is no longer a forgotten squadron and can at last take its place with honour alongside its many World War Two counterparts. - order through



RAF POLICE OPERATIONS IN EUROPE 1918 - 2005 by Steve Davies - full details of how to order

Review by John Curtis:

On Saturday I received Steve Davies’s latest book, ‘RAF Police Operations in Europe 1918 – 2006’ for entry into the RAF Police Association Archives.

I have not been able to put the book down and have read all 264 pages over the weekend. Having served for 22 years I thought I knew a lot about the branch but I have learnt a lot from this publication.

It is a well crafted book, well researched, full of facts, and information on personalities we have either met or heard about. This is supported by number of anecdote submitted by former, and serving, members of the branch.

Well done Steve a book well worth reading.

If any serving, or ex members of the RAFP, are not sure what to have as a surprise Christmas present this year then say you want this book from Woodfield Publishing at Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 5EL (





By Stephen R Davies

At the start of 2005 the RAF Police had been working with dogs for 60 years and during that time the relationship has been a very special one. Chances are, if you told anyone you were in the RAF Police they would invariably want to know all about your police dog, assuming that every member of the branch is issued with one on appointment; such is their notoriety.

In 1942, at the height of World War II, Lieutenant Colonel Baldwin formed the Ministry of Aircraft Production Guard Dog School (MAPGDS) at Woodfold near Gloucester, turning out professionally trained RAF dog handlers which in turn released hundreds of men for war duties who had previously been employed as guards. In 1944 the MAPGDS was absorbed by the RAF Police and re-titled as the RAF Police Dog Training School.

In 1949, the RAF Police Dog Demonstration Team appeared for the first time at the Royal Tournament in London and became an instant public success. In 1957 the first annual RAF Police Dog Championship Trials were held at Netheravon. In 1969 the Dog Demonstration Team covered 8,000 miles around the USA and Canada giving 65 public performances in 23 cities and became a favourite at every venue. The RAF began training dogs to detect illicit drugs in 1970 and later trained dogs to detect firearms and explosives. Soon after, HM Customs & Excise began using RAF Police drug detection dogs against smugglers. In 1991, in line with defence reviews, RAF Police dog training merged with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps at Melton Mowbray and the Defence Animal Centre was formed.

The life of a RAF Police dog handler may seem glamorous, but in reality the job demands a lot. The men and women who volunteer, do so because they love the challenge of working with dogs even though a considerable amount of their time is given up to the training and welfare of their charges. In 60 years, the RAF Police have earned a glowing reputation both at home and abroad for their high standard of training dog teams and for their highly professional use of dogs for patrol duties as well as in specialist roles. RAF Police dogs on loan to HM Customs & Excise have since 1971 recovered illicit drugs with a value of many millions of pounds and represent the smuggler's worst nightmare.

This is the first time that the story of RAF Police dogs has been told and will be of interest to anyone interested in military history; RAF history; police-work; the training of dogs for police and security operations, or anyone who is merely fond of dogs. The author served with the RAF Police for 25 years and was frequently responsible for the overall management of dog sections under his control.

I am now looking towards getting my next book 'RAF Police Operations in Europe' ready for publication next year. After that, I have 3 more books being prepared which will tell the story of RAF Police Operations in; Africa - Cyprus east through to Afghanistan - Pakistan east through to the Atlantic Islands. The master document 'Snowdrops - 100 Years of the RAF Police' (already over 1,000 A4 pages of text alone) will hopefully continue towards 2018, when I hope it will be accepted by the RAF Police as an historical account of their first rather impressive century in being.

Steve Davies

Casa da Mó - Beco do Serradinho 2, Tras do Outeiro, 2510-194 Obidos, Portugal

Tel: +351 262 95 9933 or mobile +351 917 010 370


"TOGETHER UP THERE" by Victor Possé

Represents my History of No. 549 Fighter Squadron RAF in Northern Australia, The Squadron comprised RAF pilots ex-234 Squadron who had been shipped out from England in the “QUEEN MARY”, and RAAF ground crew and administrative staff posted from all points of the compass, and was one of three which comprised No.1 Fighter Wing (also known as the ‘Churchill Wing’) in the defence of Darwin and northern Australia. It had been formed in Lawnton, Q in late 1943, and, and was subsequently disbanded in Queensland at the end of the war in the Pacific.

A Birds Eye View From The Ground by Frank Authers

 Webmaster's review.  I have read this book and it's an excellent read from cover to cover.  Not just those who are snowdrops but anyone with an interest in the RAF from just before the war and for 25 years after.  Please contact Frank and order it - I know you will enjoy it - Steve


A couple of weeks ago, Steve C put us in touch with a book written by an ex - RAF Chiefy - Frank Authers. During last weekend I took the opportunity to finish reading my copy and I enjoyed it immensely.
One of the things that I have found most enjoyable about this Royalwings group, is that its crew room covers a wider spectrum of RAF life than the squadron and aircraft servicing personnel crew rooms, that I experienced whilst I was getting my 12 years in. For a start the Padre never visited ours, whereas now he is 'resident' as also are our MT chaps, Fairies who had their own 'aloof' little hideaways to check out Sara(h), Blacksmiths banging on, or Clerks Sec and Admin (P1 & P2?), let alone a Clerk Accts. We certainly never had or even saw a Snowdrop - even in early Spring, and
Photogs were here and gone in the blink of a shutter. From this point of view, we were 'deprived.,' and our present scope has added greatly to the enjoyment, probably of most of us  who actually needed and aircraft to work on to achieve a degree of job satisfaction. We now have the missing input, though I think we still lack a chef. Frank Authers contribution to the book scene benefits from him having seen and experienced life as a Squadron bod, as well as that of a Snowdrop, with pretty well all that a Policeman's lot encompassed. It is a great and humorous read, a story told without wasting words (Andy has noted), and also having been written pre - Iraq war time, contains  precursory humorous
remarks concerning our immediate neighbours across The English Channel, that probably set the trend for at least some of those disparaging remarks made more recently by others. They are remarks made without rancour, at which the
reader would laugh out loud! Simplicity seems to have been the key operative word of Frank's writing - as simple as A,B,C..... as Doug Tidy would say. It is a very refreshing change too to read a book written no of an aircrew war, but of a ground crew war, and in support all of all that took place in the air. Frank, clearly enjoyed his 30 years of service and yet there is an underlining poignancy in the passage relating to his return to Civvy Street.
He took with him a very positive attitude and applied himself to making a business out of what had been for quite some years a 'major interest' in buying and selling cars. He appears also to have met with some success in that direction too...... hardly surprising for a man of wide experience in dealing with many different peoples in many different countries. His book is a great read, and I have copied a 'flyer' and attached it, so that everyone has the same chance to get a copy whilst there are still sufficient supplies available. It is a great read and a 'must' for anyone
who has served in the RAF.

I second that one hundred percent Andy.  I too, have read Frank's book
and it is excellent.  A great read.  When I started it I pretty well
went right through without putting it down.  I recommend it as a good
read for all of the Wingers.




By Stephen R Davies

The Royal Air Force Police formed on the 1st April 1918, at the birth of the RAF and has developed a colourful history along the way to becoming the large organisation of today. Over the years many books have been written about the RAF in general and its various flying squadrons. However, until now nothing had ever been published about the history of the Royal Air Force Police which at the end of World War II, had 21,000 men and women within its ranks.

Stephen Davies was a member of the Royal Air Force Police for 25 years. In 1975 he joined the Royal Air Force as a policeman and during his service completed tours of duty in the United Kingdom and numerous countries around the globe. He qualified as a specialist in Royal Air Force Police Special Investigation and Counter-Intelligence matters and successfully completed the Home Office Detective Training program and Drug Enforcement courses with the UK civil police and United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations. In 1991 he qualified as an instructor and lectured at the Airmans' Command School and the RAF Police School.

The book comprises 9 informative chapters complimented with 34 photographs

Synopsis of Each Chapter

Chapter 1 - The Origins of the Provost - This chapter briefly relates the history of the Provost Marshal from the 13th century to the turn of this century when the RAF was formed. In 1629 King Charles I, issued his `Articles of War' which described the role of his Provost Marshal. During the Peninsular Wars, the Provost Marshal, serving under the Duke of Wellington, was granted extensive and somewhat harsh powers of punishing soldiers committing acts of indiscipline. In 1855, the Corps of Military Mounted Police was formed at Aldershot and the Corps of Military Foot Police were later formed to enforce military orders and regulations.

Chapter 2 - Formation of the RAF (1918 - 1939) - Using as a background, the uneasy political situation in Europe between the wars and the struggle to retain the RAF as a viable entity, this chapter describes the formation of the RAF Police, the early training school and the Special Investigation Branch. After years of being controlled by a series of `caretaker' directors, the first dedicated RAF Provost Marshal was appointed by the Air Ministry in 1931 to organise the development of the branch. In 1936, during the build-up to the second World War, a Nazi spy was arrested at Harwich and later convicted on the evidence supplied by the RAF Police SIB regarding his clandestine activities in and around RAF stations in Kent and East Anglia.

Chapter 3 - The War Years (1939 - 1945 - Using wartime events as the main theme, this chapter describes the rapid growth of the RAF Police and the introduction of their white caps and webbing equipment. During the early part of the war, thirteen geographical `District Headquarters' were formed within the UK and police dogs were introduced into service, when the branch took over control of the Ministry of Aircraft Production Guard Dog Training School. Prior to D Day, specially selected and trained RAF Police & Security Units were formed which later supported the Allied invasion and subsequent liberation of Europe. Finally, the events concerning the brutal murder, by the Gestapo, of 50 re-captured RAF officers, following their €˜Great Escape€™ from Stalag Luft III, is described along with the early events which lead to the major investigation carried out by the RAF Police SIB after the war into the circumstances.

Chapter 4 - The Post War Years (1945 - 1950) - Using post war colonial unrest as a background, this chapter describes how before the wartime demobilisation started, the establishment of the branch had reached a record 500 commissioned officers and 20,000 non-commissioned ranks. In the UK the District Headquarters were reduced from thirteen to six and for the first time, commissioned officers acting as Assistant Provost Marshals, were officially appointed into the Provost Branch. In Singapore the first native RAF Police Auxiliary Force was formed and in occupied Germany, following the successful RAF Police investigation, the Nazi defendants, accused of murdering the 50 RAF officers from Stalag Luft III, were convicted at their `war crimes' trial in Hamburg. In 1948, the RAF Police Dog Demonstration Team appeared for the first time at the Royal Tournament and instantly won over the hearts and minds of the public. As a result of the largest ever Allied humanitarian airlift and the formation of NATO, the Soviet Union lifted their blockade of West Berlin.

Chapter 5 - The Cold War (1950 - 1959) - This chapter describes the development of the `Cold War' and the troubles in Egypt, Kenya and Cyprus. As the RAF Police took over responsibility for security matters within the RAF, the regional policing aspect, under the control of the Provost Marshal, was re-titled as the RAF Provost & Security Service. In addition, RAF Police formations around the world were re-organised into the `District Headquarters' system. The RAF Police School moved to RAF Netheravon and was re-titled as the RAF Police Depot and the RAF Police Museum was established. Air Cdre de Putron retired after nine years as the Provost Marshal and Lt Col Baldwin retired as the Chief Training Officer (Dogs). In the UK, six RAF Police Volunteer Reserve Flights were formed and at the start of 1953, RAF Police re-enforcements were called upon to assist the civil authorities in dealing with wide spread chaos on the East coast following severe weather conditions and flooding. In France RAF Police NCOs were established to join the multi-national military police unit providing security at the NATO Headquarters. In Egypt, an RAF Police NCO was killed and his partner was seriously injured during a shoot out with terrorists and at RAF Manston, another RAF Police NCO and two other airmen were shot dead by an American serviceman who went berserk with a rifle. Finally, having taken over responsibility for protecting the RAF nuclear deterrent, RAF Police were established on Christmas Island prior to the British nuclear tests being conducted there.

Chapter 6 - The End of an Empire (1959 - 1968) - As the British Empire started to shrink, the RAF Police Depot moved from Netheravon to RAF Debden and the training syllabus was widened to take on board the newly established Counter-Intelligence, Nuclear Security and Travel Control Security tasks being undertaken world-wide. RAF Police were involved for the first time in recruiting duties while a large number of their colleagues were kept increasingly busy as the Movement for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) increased their protest activity. As National Service in the British Forces ended, the RAF Police `Village Constable' system of policing was introduced to make up for the shortfall in the overall establishment. The `Annual Working Dog Trials' were introduced for all UK Dog Sections and as the Berlin Wall was constructed, Checkpoint Charlie in the British sector of West Berlin was built and manned by both Military and RAF Police. In Cyprus, which had been granted independence, RAF Police were attached to the UN Peace Keeping Force and two British Sovereign Base Areas were formed and a new civilian police force was authorised to police them. However, because of initial manning problems, RAF Police NCOs were attached to the force to run it until sufficient recruits could be engaged and trained to carry out the task. In Aden, the RAF Police were stretched to full capacity as violent terrorist activity increased at an alarming rate and at RAF Changi, RAF Police NCOs acted as Customs and Immigration Officers on behalf of the Singapore Government.

Chapter 7 - Fifty Years and Beyond (1968 - 1985) - 1968 marked the Golden Anniversary for the RAF and it's police force and the formation of the RAF P&SS Support Squadron and the sentencing of Chief Technician Britten to nineteen years imprisonment for espionage. During this period, HRH The Princess Margaret carried out the first Royal Review of the RAF Police at RAF Debden and RAF Police dogs were trained in the detection of dangerous drugs. RAF Police assisted the RAF pilots through the London traffic to the starting point of the Daily Mail transatlantic race. The RAF Police Dog Demonstration Team toured Canada and America with the Parachute Regiment and as the troubles in Northern Ireland increased, RAF Police NCOs were detached onto the strength of Royal Military Police units, to assist them in policing the province. The RAF Police School moved again from Debden to RAF Newton and HQ P&SS(UK) was honoured with the award of a unit badge. The P&SS Support Squadron provided security protection for HRH The Prince Andrew during helicopter pilot training and the IRA planted a bomb at RAF Uxbridge. In 1982, the UK went to war with Argentina who had invaded the Falkland Islands and RAF Police in Cyprus helped to evacuate foreign refugees from Beruit. The CND set up their peace camp at RAF Greenham Common and RAF P&SS Germany was awarded the Wilkinson Sword of Peace. Computer security methods were introduced onto the training syllabus and the RAF Police assisted with the humanitarian relief in famine stricken Ethiopia.

Chapter 8 - Thawing of the Cold War (1985 - 1989) - During the four years which witnessed the thawing of the Cold War and the collapse of communism and the Warsaw Pact, the RAF Police launched an investigation into the fire which destroyed the Headquarters of RAF Support Command near Huntingdon. RAF Police re-enforcements were flown into Gibraltar and Cyprus as the US Air Force launched an attack on Libya and as a consequence of the Police & Criminal Evidence Act 1984, the Service Police Codes of Practice were introduced. The branch was fully vindicated following an independent enquiry into allegations that RAF Police investigators mistreated suspects in the `Cyprus Spy' investigation and to assist in combating the ever-growing problem of drug abuse in the RAF, Drug Intelligence Teams were established. Following the channel ferry `Herald of Free Enterprise' disaster, a number of RAF Police NCOs were attached to the investigation team to assist with the identification of victims. In the Falkland Islands the Joint Service Police & Security Unit was formed and on the European mainland, the IRA started one of their bloodiest campaigns against British servicemen and their families. Finally, one of the longest RAF Police close protection operations ended when HRH Prince Fiscal of Jordan completed his flying training with the RAF.

Chapter 9 - A Time for Change (1989 - 1997) - As the governments' defence cuts took effect, Iraq attacked Kuwait and in response the forces of the coalition launched `Operation Desert Storm' to liberate it. In Florida, RAF Police NCO's provided the security protection for two NATO satellites prior to their launch from the NASA Space Centre. With the formation of the Defence Animal Centre at Melton Mowbray under Army control, independent dog training by the RAF ceased and shortly after the much loved RAF Police Dog Demonstration Team was disbanded. As the civil war in former Yugoslavia developed, RAF Police NCOs were tasked with carrying out Air Transport Security duties at several airheads in the region. In the UK, the RAF P&SS regional headquarters were re-organised and increased from three geographical areas to five. As part of the cost cutting exercise, the three separate service security organisations were merged to form the MOD Security Directorate and the RAF Provost Marshal left London and re-located at RAF Rudloe Manor with the new title of Air Officer Security & Provost Marshal (RAF) & Chief of Air Force Police before moving on again soon after to the Headquarters of Strike Command. As the RAF Police completed the task of training military and Air Force Police NCO's from Zimbabwe, the news was released that the RAF Police and RAF Regiment would not be amalgamated and that the RAF Police would take over running the guardrooms on RAF stations once again. Finally, the RAF Police School moved once again back to RAF Halton where it originally formed in 1920.

How to Order

As a result of the original publisher going into liquidation in early 2002, 'Fiat Justitia“ A History of the RAF Police is no longer available for sale in hard form. However, it is still available on CD for you to read directly from your PC or to print off your own hard copy.

This unique book on CD retails for:

£10-00p (incl P&P) within the UK, 16-00 (incl P&P) within the Euro zone,


£11-00p (incl P&P) to other locations outside the UK,

and can be purchased by sending your order together with a sterling cheque or bankers draft made out to Stephen R Davies to:

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