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T34 Tank @ The Muckleburgh Collection NR25 7EG

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85mm Flak 37 @ The Muckleburgh Collection NR25 7EG

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Daimler Mk 1 Armoured Car @ The Muckleburgh Collection NR25 7EG

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Russian T-55 Heavy Tank @ The Muckleburgh Collection NR25 7EG

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Bristol Bloodhound Missile @ The Muckleburgh Collection NR25 7EG

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13 Ib Light Artillery @ The Muckleburgh Collection NR25 7EG

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Light weaponry @ The Muckleburgh Collection, NR25  7EG

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Yeomanry Norfolk & Suffolk regiments @ The Muckleburgh Collection, NR27 5EG
T.E. lawrence
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Light Tanks

T34 Tank @ The Muckleburgh Collection NR25 7EG

Anti-Aircraft

85mm Flak 37 @ The Muckleburgh Collection NR25 7EG

Armoured Cars

Daimler Mk 1 Armoured Car @ The Muckleburgh Collection NR25 7EG

Heavy Tanks

Russian T-55 Heavy Tank @ The Muckleburgh Collection NR25 7EG

Missiles

Bristol Bloodhound Missile @ The Muckleburgh Collection NR25 7EG

Artillery

13 Ib Light Artillery @ The Muckleburgh Collection NR25 7EG

Light Weaponry

Light weaponry @ The Muckleburgh Collection, NR25  7EG

Yeomanry

Yeomanry Norfolk & Suffolk regiments @ The Muckleburgh Collection, NR27 5EG

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sea rescue STORY

Many wartime pilots ditched into the sea and were rescued by this RAF Service
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RAF Sea Rescue Service

The Royal Air Force Air Sea Rescue & Marine Craft Services was formed on the 1st April 1918. Its original role was to service RAF seaplanes with a collection of 238 tenders, refuellers, bomb scows, and powered dinghies

In the Second World War its duties led to the rescue of over 13,000 lives (including 6,000 British and German aircrew) as well as civilians. The crews of its high speed rescue launches faced constant enemy action and many lost their lives

During the War fourteen launches were involved in the disastrous landing at Dieppe of which three were destroyed by enemy action. At Dunkirk five launches rescued 500 troops from the beaches and 93 launches supported the Normandy landings on D-Day

After the War the Service became involved in secret submarine location work, surveys and anti-terrorist patrols. The Service was disbanded on the 31st March 1986 when its duties were transferred to the more versatile helicopter and by 2016 all its activities were passed to civilian contractors

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T.E. Lawrence

One of the most influential people in the development of the Service was T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, who had joined the RAF in 1925 as  air craftsman Shaw

While   at   the   flying   boat   station, Mount   Batten   near Plymouth,   he witnessed   a seaplane   tender  arrive   too   late   to   save   a   ditched aircrew

He pressed for the introduction of faster rescue boats which led to the 200 Class tender with a top speed of over 36 knots and later to much larger high speed launches

Overseas, the Service had operations in the Malta, the Middle East and the Far East and also carried out clandestine operations in Greece, Turkey and occupied Europe