The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air arm of the British Armed Forces. Formed on 1 April 1918 the RAF has taken a significant role in British military history ever since, playing a large part in World War II and in other conflicts.
The Royal Air Force had been greatly reduced in strength and number due to more pressing concerns in Europe; thus being completely unprepared for the Japanese attack. The British were pushed out of their Pacific empire, and all the way back to India, where they fought a rough battle with the Japanese Air Force for control of the skies over Ceylon.
By early 1943, with British fortunes turning for the better in Europe, more attention was turned to the Pacific and the Royal Air Force had retaken the offensive, bombing Rangoon and even Singapore.
The BritishRoyal Air Force debuted during the Great War in aerial combat across the Western and Canadian Fronts with models such as the Sopwith Camel and the Sopwith Pup. Throughout the war, the situation in the air swung back and forth until 1917 when the industrial might of the US began to out weight the Royal Air Force in Canada. Despite this, they remained undefeated when the armistice was signed.
After the war, the Royal Air Force was still a force to be reckoned with and under went rearmament, and even began researching new jet technologies after Winston Churchill came to power.
When the Second Great War began, the Royal Air Force initiated strategic bombing of German cities. Although their Frenchallies helped, they were over shadowed by the British who were able to put more effort into it. However by 1943, the Royal Air Force had lost its air superiority over the Germans and was slowly forced back onto the defensive when the German Army liberated the Netherlands, and started bombing England from bases there. The RAF switched from attacking cities to bombing the airfields after the Germans reached Belgium in an attempt to stop them from bombing British cities.
After the destruction of Paris by a superbomb, the RAF was able to successfully drop their own bomb on Hamburg, but were unable to prevent the massive raid that disguised the German atomic attack on London, Norwich and Brighton. In their attempt to counterattack with their second bomb, the strength of the RAF was unable to penetrate the German air defence and the bomber carrying the weapon was shot down, forcing Britain to sue for an armistice.
Although still unprepared, the Royal Air Force was perhaps the only air force in Europe that was able to give the Luftwaffe a challenge in the skies during the German thrust through the Low Countries and into France in 1939. During this push, the RAF made bombing raids on German cities, promoting retaliation from the Germans. However, due to a Home Defence Network set up by the RAF, these raids proved useless. When the British made their counter attack outside Paris, the RAF was successful in CAS roles and air cover protection. After Paris had been saved, the RAF continued to contest the skies of Europe with the Luftwaffe. While the Luftwaffe still made raids on British soil in retaliation for British raids on German cities, the home defence network made these extremely costly.
After the 'Big Switch' in 1940, the RAF sent its European arm east to aid the BEF against the Soviet Air Force. While there, they managed to impress the Russians who'd been fighting the Germans, who considered them tougher than the Germans.
After the military coup of 1941, the RAF returned to England, and began bombing German cities once more. However, they avoided French air space in order to keep the French from bombing them. The French on the other hand, although still allied with the Germans, did not strike England, to the relief of the RAF.
The BritishRoyal Air Force was one of the many human air forces to suffer from the Race's Killercraft, which were far superior to their planes. The Royal Air Force may have fought well against the GermanyLuftwaffe in the Battle of Britain in 1940, but RAF pilots suffered heavily against the Race. Planes like Spitfires, Hurricanes, Mosquitos and Lancasters were thrown into the fight and many were shot down. The RAF slowly began to fight back as their Lancasters were used as the predecessors of AWACS, to guide RAF jet fighters like the Pioneer and the Meteor onto Killercraft. These tactics helped the RAF shot down many Killercraft and was considered the toughest of all the air forces on Tosev 3 by Race pilots.