Royal Air Force Centenary Commemoration, Graveney, 25th March 2018
The Lord-Lieutenant will be represented by Air Marshall Christopher M Nickols CB CBE DL at a service to be held by Whitstable Royal Air Force Association to mark the Centenary of the Royal Air Force. The Commemorative Service will be held at All Saint’s Church, Graveney, Faversham on 25th March 2018.
On 1st April 1918, the Royal Air Force was formed as a separate Service, independent of the British Army and Royal Navy – the first time that any country had formed an entirely separate and independent air force. The new Service had its own ministry under a secretary of state for air. The ‘new’ RAF was the most powerful air force in the world with more than 290,000 personnel and nearly 23,000 aircraft, and fought effectively from 1st April 1918 over the Western Front in support of ground forces.