The RAF Museum will host a workshop exploring the service of the African, Caribbean, South Asian and Irish volunteers that have served in the RAF despite being opposed to British rule in their home countries. The event will provide an opportunity to share the stories of men and women from overseas and from diaspora communities underrepresented in traditional narratives of Britain in the world wars. ‘Freedom Fighters’ will also examine how the RAF succeeded in attracting high-calibre personnel from all over the world at a time when questions of race, culture and governance were often divisive.

The Freedom Fighters Workshop will explore the lives of volunteers from the British Empire and Ireland who served in the RAF. It will consider the motivations that led many to serve in the RAF despite being opposed to British rule in their home countries.  

As well as exploring the diverse nature of those who served in the RAF the panel will also critically examine the motivations of those who fought in the RAF and identify a complexity that is marginalised in British Military History 

Catch up on the event

Freedom Fighters Workshop: Morning Session, 20 November 2021

Catch up on the morning session from the Freedom Fighters Workshop in November here.

Freedom Fighters Workshop: Afternoon Session, 20 November 2021

Catch up on the afternoon session from the Freedom Fighters Workshop in November here.

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