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Australian 'Great Escape' survivor Paul Royle dies aged 101

Australian 'Great Escape' survivor Paul Royle dies aged 101

One of the last remaining survivors of the Second World War's most famed mass prison breakout, known as the Great Escape, has…

  • Airshow Crash: Fears More Bodies May Be Found
    Airshow Crash: Fears More Bodies May Be Found Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Police have warned that more bodies may be found after a vintage plane crashed at the Shoreham Airshow, killing seven people. The Hawker Hunter jet nosedived onto the A27 at Shoreham, West Sussex, and smashed into several cars after it failed to pull out of a loop-the-loop stunt. The pilot - Andy Hill, a former RAF Harrier pilot - was pulled alive from the wreckage. More »

  • Wetherspoons customer 'disgusted' by offensive anti-Muslim poster in …
    Wetherspoons customer 'disgusted' by offensive anti-Muslim poster in … Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    A customer at a local Wetherspoon's pub was horrified to find an anti-Muslim poster displayed on the notice board telling Muslims to "get the f*** out of our countries." The offensive A4 sized poster featured an image of Lord Kitchener, synonymous with the British Army recruitment poster from the First World War. It read: "MUSLIMS. You can live under Muslim rule there and enjoy it as much as you like.! More »

  • 3D printed drone launched from warship Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    By Matthew Stock A team of engineers from the University of Southampton launched a 3D printed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from the bow of a Royal Navy warship in a bid to demonstrate the potential use of lightweight drones at sea. After being launched from HMS Mersey off the Dorset coast in the south of England, the UAV was flown autonomously on a pre-programmed route for a few before landing on Chesil Beach. Known as the Southampton University Laser Sintered Aircraft (SULSA), the drone weighed 3kg with a wing-span of nearly 1.5 meters. More »

  • 'Defeat Into Victory': Veterans Mark VJ Day
    'Defeat Into Victory': Veterans Mark VJ Day Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    War veterans have gathered on Horse Guards Parade in central London for a Drumhead commemoration to mark the 70th anniversary of VJ Day. Crowds applauded as a Dakota, Hurricane and a current RAF Typhoon fighter jet flew past in tribute to the sacrifice made by thousands of Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen in the fight against Japan during World War Two. The Right Reverend Nigel Stock, bishop to HM Armed Forces, led the service and paid particular tribute to those who served in the Far East and played a pivotal role in Japan's defeat. More »

  • Royal Navy supply ship RFA Fort Victoria marks 70th anniversary of VJ Day
    Royal Navy supply ship RFA Fort Victoria marks 70th anniversary of VJ Day Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    The crew of a Royal Navy supply ship have spelled out "VJ70" on the flight deck to commemorate the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan. More »

  • Michael Fallon: Britain to boost training support for Ukrainian army Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    UK defence minister Michael Fallon reassured Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Britain's increased support to train the country's army when the pair met in capital Kiev on 11 August. Fallon also met his Ukrainian counterpart Stepan Poltorak and said Britain will increase its contribution to military training. "I am setting the British army a new target to train more than 2,000 members of the Ukrainian military by the end of this financial year. More »

  • Call for witnesses after RAF corporal faces indecent images charge
    Call for witnesses after RAF corporal faces indecent images charge Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Defence chiefs have appealed for any victims of sexual offences by service personnel to contact them as it emerged that a Royal Air Force corporal is in custody accused of possession and distribution of indecent images of children. More »

  • UK Accuses Spain Of Entering Gibraltar Waters
    UK Accuses Spain Of Entering Gibraltar Waters Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Britain has accused Spain of "repeatedly" unlawfully entering British Gibraltar Territorial Waters at the weekend. The UK Government said Spanish state vessels had violated British sovereignty, apparently while chasing suspected drug smugglers off the coast of Gibraltar on Sunday. The Royal Navy was used to escort Spain's drugs and money laundering squad out of Gibraltar waters following the confrontation. More »

  • 3D-Printed Spy Drones Could Be Built at Sea
    3D-Printed Spy Drones Could Be Built at Sea Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    A 3D-printed drone was recently launched from a British military warship and successfully flew to shore, a demonstration that could pave the way for futuristic spy drones that can be printed at sea. Engineers at the University of Southampton, in the United Kingdom, built the unmanned aircraft using 3D printing, which has been used to create everything from pelvic implants to a prosthetic tortoise shell. The drone was launched off the front of the Royal Navy warship HMS Mersey. More »

  • Reports of Indian Air Force pilots beating RAF in combat exercises ridicule …
    Reports of Indian Air Force pilots beating RAF in combat exercises ridicule … Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    Sources in the RAF are calling Indian claims of superiority in the air "comical" while ridiculing reports that the Indian pilots flying Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft defeated the RAF Typhoon aircraft not only in one-on-one combat, but also when pitted against two Typhoons. The two-week international air combat exercises were held last month at Lincolnshire. IAF pilots flying Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighters scored a resounding 12-0 in combat against RAF Typhoon jets in the close range dogfighting operations, and also held an edge over the Typhoons in the long-range exercises though not as successful, claimed media reports. More »

  • Cyberattacks as Significant as Traditional Threats, Says Battleship Manufac …
    Cyberattacks as Significant as Traditional Threats, Says Battleship Manufac … Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Warfare is increasingly being fought from behind computer screens rather than on the battlefield, forcing weapons manufacturers to consider the myriad of threats posed by cyberattacks. Now, the prospective manufacturer of the Royal Navy's next generation of warships has warned that cyberattacks pose a very real threat to the vessels. Cyberattacks pose "an equally important threat to the more traditional threats," such as missiles and torpedoes, according to Geoff Searle, programme director at BAE Systems, the company which is currently negotiating with the Ministry of Defence to manufacture their new warships. More »

  • Les Munro: Last Dambuster pilot dies in New Zealand aged 96
    Les Munro: Last Dambuster pilot dies in New Zealand aged 96 Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    The last surviving pilot form the Dambusters raids has died in his native New Zealand aged 96. Les Munro died at a hospital in Auckland after suffering from heart problems, the New Zealand Bomber Command Association confirmed. Squadron Leader Munro was part of the legendary 617 Squadron of the RAF which carried out the "bouncing bomb" attacks against dams in Nazi Germany during World War II. More »

  • Last Surviving Pilot Of Dambusters Raid Dies
    Last Surviving Pilot Of Dambusters Raid Dies Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    He had been unwell for around a week but his death was still a shock, the 91-year-old president of the New Zealand Bomber Command Association said. "He was a fine man, not just because he was famous as part of the Dambusters but as a man and as a person he was a very fine person. Sqn Ldr Munro was part of the famous RAF 617 Squadron which carried out the "bouncing bomb" raid to destroy dams in Germany during World War II. More »

  • Fight against Isis: UK to extend air strikes against Islamic State group to …
    Fight against Isis: UK to extend air strikes against Islamic State group to … Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Secretary Michael Fallon said the UK will extend air strikes undertaken by RAF Tornados against the Islamic State group by an additional year to March 2017. Speaking while on a visit to Iraq, the minister said that British jets have helped Iraqi forces on the group to push Isis militants out of key towns. Fallon however ruled out Western ground troops joining in the battle against Isis, saying that Iraq had not requested this. More »

  • Britain Extends Air Strikes On Islamic State
    Britain Extends Air Strikes On Islamic State Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Britain will extend air strikes by RAF Tornados against the Islamic State by an extra year, the UK defence secretary has said. Michael Fallon has announced that 12 (Bomber) Squadron will continue in service until March 2017. "RAF Tornados have carried out hundreds of strikes, helping Iraqi forces push back ISIL from the Kurdish region and out of key towns such as Tikrit and Bayji," he said. More »

  • RAF Tornado squadron to stay in service until March 2017
    RAF Tornado squadron to stay in service until March 2017 Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    The RAF Tornado squadron spearheading Britain's air campaign against Islamic State (IS) forces in Iraq has been given a second stay of execution. More »

  • Pilot Dies In Plane Crash At Chris Evans' Festival
    Pilot Dies In Plane Crash At Chris Evans' Festival Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    The pilot of a plane that crashed at a car festival in Cheshire has died. The Heritage Aircraft Trust, who confirmed the pilot's identity, said: "Kevin was a Royal Air Force-trained fast jet pilot whose enthusiasm for flying the Folland Gnat was infectious. Chris Evans, who helped organise the event in aid of Children In Need, was visibly upset as he gave a news conference. More »

  • Army sheds more than 20,000 three years ahead of cuts target
    Army sheds more than 20,000 three years ahead of cuts target Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    The British Army has been scaled down by more than 20,000, three years ahead of target. More »

  • Man Charged With US Military Terrorist Plot
    Man Charged With US Military Terrorist Plot Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    A man has been charged with planning a terrorist attack on American military personnel in Britain. Junead Ahmed Khan, 24, is suspected of intending to commit acts of terrorism, as well as plotting to travel to Syria alongside his uncle, 22-year-old Shazib Ahmed Khan, to join the group that calls itself Islamic State. It is believed the target of the alleged terrorist plot may have been RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, which hosts more than 5,000 US Air Force personnel, as well as 2,000 British and American civilian staff. More »

  • PM Presses Case For RAF Strikes In Syria
    PM Presses Case For RAF Strikes In Syria Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    The Prime Minister has given his strongest hint yet that he wants the RAF to "step up" and take part in airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria. Speaking to an American television, David Cameron said Britain should "do more" than just provide logistical support for US attacks. He told NBC's Meet The Press: "We have to destroy this caliphate, whether it is in Iraq or in Syria. More »

  • Tom Hardy put through his paces at commando training camp
    Tom Hardy put through his paces at commando training camp Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    The Mad Max actor trained with the Royal Marines this week, taking part in a series of physical challenges. More »

  • UK adds extra spy plane to fight against Islamic State
    UK adds extra spy plane to fight against Islamic State Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Britain will send an extra spy plane to Iraq and Syria in the coming weeks to help provide surveillance in the fight against Islamic State militants, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Thursday. Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) carries out regular air strikes in Iraq but has so far limited its Syrian involvement to flying surveillance missions to gather intelligence. More »

  • Tunisia Terror Victim Coming Out Of Coma Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Tunisia terror victim Allison Heathcote is "slowly" coming out of her induced coma, according to the Birmingham hospital where she is being treated. The 48-year-old was due to celebrate her 30th wedding anniversary with her husband Philip on holiday in Sousse when he was killed in the attack. Mrs Heathcote, from Felixstowe in Suffolk, was shot five times and was among a number of seriously injured victims who were flown back to the UK by the RAF on 29 June. More »

  • UK To Send Extra Plane To Fight Islamic State Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    The UK is set to announce further military support to the fight against Islamic State. The Defence Secretary will confirm later that a second Airseeker Rivet Joint spy plane will take part in the coalition campaign. The UK contribution to the fight against Islamic State includes eight RAF Tornado fighter jets, 10 Reaper drones, a Voyager refuelling aircraft and a Sentinel intelligence gathering plane. More »

  • British RAF base shuts for aviation after missile mishap Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    British air operations from a base in Cyprus involved in the campaign against Islamic State were temporarily halted on Wednesday after two missiles fell off a warplane during landing, forcing its closure to takeoffs and landings. The Royal Air Base of Akrotiri is being used in operations against Islamic State insurgents in northern Iraq. Two Brimstone missiles fell off a Tornado jet during landing on Wednesday morning, spokesman Kristian Gray said. More »

  • Britain's elite SAS slammed over training deaths
    Britain's elite SAS slammed over training deaths Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    The British army apologised Tuesday for the deaths of three reservists who collapsed while trying out for the elite SAS unit during a heatwave, after a coroner found the force guilty of neglect. More »

  • UK: Neglect played role in 2013 deaths of 3 army reservists Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Neglect and delays in providing medical treatment contributed to the deaths of three British army reservists who collapsed during a grueling special forces selection march, a coroner ruled Tuesday. More »

  • British soldier jailed for raping Austrian girl, six Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    An Austrian court sentenced a British soldier to nine years in prison on Tuesday for raping and sexually abusing a six-year-old girl in the province of Tyrol. The 30-year-old soldier, who has not been named, was at a British army adventure camp in the Stubaital Alpine valley and had entered the girl's unlocked family home while drunk in the early hours of the morning, a spokesman of the Tyrolean court in Innsbruck said. More »

  • RAF Radio Operators ‘Saw UFO In 1980’, Retired U.S. Colonel Claims
    RAF Radio Operators ‘Saw UFO In 1980’, Retired U.S. Colonel Claims Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Mystery of Rendlesham Forest deepens More »

  • Prince William says air ambulance job will keep him 'a good guy'
    Prince William says air ambulance job will keep him 'a good guy' Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William, second-in-line to the throne, launched a new career as an air ambulance helicopter pilot on Monday, saying his new job would keep him "a good guy". William, Queen Elizabeth's grandson who was previously a search and rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force, will fly missions from Cambridge Airport with specialist doctors and paramedics across eastern England. "For me, it's also a really important point to be grounded and I feel doing a job like this really helps with grounding the core of what I'm trying to become." Asked what that was, he replied: "Trying to be a good guy, trying to do what you can and trying to be a decent individual." Whilst the air ambulance role will be William's primary job, he will continue to carry out official duties as a royal, responsibilities which have grown in recent years as the 89-year-old queen scales down her engagements. More »

  • PM: More Drone And SAS Missions To Fight IS
    PM: More Drone And SAS Missions To Fight IS Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Britain should spend more of its defence budget on SAS operations, drone missions and RAF strikes to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, David Cameron has told defence chiefs. The move follows Chancellor George Osborne's Budget announcement that Britain would meet NATO's defence spending pledge of 2% of its national income for the next five years, which would boost budgets to £47.7bn a year by 2020. More »

  • Gallipoli 'lucky ship' goes on show
    Gallipoli 'lucky ship' goes on show Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    The Royal Navy's only surviving ship from the Gallipoli campaign is to be opened to the public next month following a £1.79 million refurbishment to mark the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated battle. More »

  • Prince Philip Aims F-Bomb At RAF Photographer
    Prince Philip Aims F-Bomb At RAF Photographer Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    The Duke of Edinburgh has been filmed turning the air blue at an RAF photocall marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Prince Philip was waiting to have his picture taken with other members of the royal family and a group of Battle of Britain pilots - famously dubbed the "few" by wartime prime minister Winston Churchill. His colourful language was met with laughter by members of the party, which included veterans Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson, Squadron Leader Tony Pickering and Wing Commander Paul Farnes, who have shared their recollections of the crucial battle with the Luftwaffe with Sky News. More »

  • Prince Philip caught on camera swearing at photographer
    Prince Philip caught on camera swearing at photographer Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    (Note: Graphic language in the third paragraph) LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Philip, the 94-year-old husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth well-known for occasional verbal gaffes, was caught on camera swearing at a photographer on Friday, British media reported. At an event to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain between the Royal Air Force and the German Luftwaffe in 1940, TV footage showed an exasperated Philip appearing to lose his temper during a photocall. "Just take the fucking picture," news websites quoted him as saying to the photographer at the event in central London attended by son Prince Edward and grandson Prince William among others. More »

  • Watch: RAF Reaper Drone Destroys IS Trucks
    Watch: RAF Reaper Drone Destroys IS Trucks Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Two Islamic State armoured vehicles have been wiped out by Hellfire missiles fired by drones piloted thousands of miles away. The devastating power of the RAF's Reaper aircraft is demonstrated in a video released by the Ministry of Defence. The missions are carried out by RAF's 13 Squadron from inside an aircraft hangar in Lincolnshire. More »