R Airco DH.4 bombers 1918.
(Painting by Brian Knight)
'Lest we forget'
First Royal Air Force aircrew killed in action
he BBMF was originally formed to commemorate RAF airmen At 08:20 on the morning of Monday 1st
killed in action during World War Two. Today, though, it is a living April 1918, a ﬂight of four Airco DH.4
and ying memorial to all those who have lost their lives serving biplanes of 57 Squadron RAF took oﬀ for a
bombing raid from the dew-soaked grass
with the RAF, or its predecessor the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), from of their airﬁeld at Le Quesnoy, France.
1914 up to the present day. In this regular series we commemorate just The Squadron had been operating the
some of the individuals from the more than 100,000 who have paid `modern' DH.4 in the lon R Airco DH.4 bombers 1918. (Painting by Brian Kni `Dams Raid' (75 years on) Was it worth it? R “Go