Ian Tyler – The RAF in Cumbria

Ian Tyler, author and historian, presented a fascinating and informative talk on the history of the Royal Air Force in the Second World War to a highly appreciative audience of members and guests of the Carlisle and District Civic Trust on Tuesday 18th February.

Ian was keen to ensure that Cumbria’s contribution to the war effort should never be forgotten.  As well as detailing the number of airstrips created in the County, he recounted that Cumbria played a significant part in the training of air crews and also the equipping of new airplanes with radios, armament and camouflage.

He was keen to remind the attentive audience of the endeavour of those female pilots of the Air  Transport Auxiliary who were charged with flying single-handedly a new plane fresh off the production lines, be it a Spitfire or even a Lancaster Bomber, to its Cumbrian airstrip where it then could be prepared for battle.