Th RAF, London
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Sieni
N 51° 30.613 W 000° 07.310
30U E 699718 N 5710492
Quick Description: Plaque commemorating the formation of the Royal Air Force, on the 1st April 1918.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/1/2011 11:19:49 AM
Waymark Code: WMC6N5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Touchstone
Views: 14

Long Description:

80, The Strand was, in 1918, the location of the Hotel Cecil, which had been requisitioned for the war effort.

It was here that the RAF was formed, as an amalgamation of the flying arms of the Royal Navy and Army. The hotel served as headquarters until 1919, when senior staff moved to Kingsway. more information

Oddly, the unveling of the plaque itself is commemorated by a smaller plaque

The plaque reads

ROYAL AIR FORCE
The Royal Air Force was formed and had its first heaadquarters here in the former Hotel Cecil 1st April 1918.
Through adversity to the stars.

I wonder why the motto was presented in English, rather than the usual Latin "Per ardua ad astra".

The smaller plaque below reads

This plaque was unveiled by the chief of the air staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Glen Torphy KCB CBE DSO ADC to mark the 90th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force.

Blue Plaque managing agency: City of Westminster

Individual Recognized: The Royal Air Force

Physical Address:
80, The Strand
London,
WC2


Web Address: [Web Link]

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