Bermuda issued a set of 4 stamps on wartime air heroes to mark the 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force.The four stamps from the Bermuda Post Office highlight Rowe Spurling, who fought in the First World War, and Geoffrey Osborn, Hugh Watlington and Alan “Smokey” Wingood, who served in the Second World War. The RAF was formed in 1918 by a merger of the British Army’s Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. About 20 Bermudians flew in the First World War, and another 80 were trained at the Bermuda Flying School during the Second World War. Many of the island-trained pilots joined the RAF, while others flew spotter aircraft for the Royal Artillery or signed up with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

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