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Online talk by Philip Wilkinson on his book Red Star and Roundel

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Philip Wilkinson will discuss Russia and the Royal Air Force based on his book "Red Star and Roundel - A Shared Century"

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Philip Wilkinson will take us on a rapid run-through of his book Red Star and Roundel , which examines the ways in which the Royal Air Force and Russia have been linked (or separated) over their shared century: the hundred years since the November 1917 Revolution and the April 1918 formation of the Royal Air Force.

Phil served for forty years in the Royal Air Force, with flying duties taking him across most of the world, and his duties on the ground including spells in Vienna, Alabama, Paris, Belgium, Berlin, and finally Moscow, where he was Defence and Air Attaché at the British Embassy, Moscow, from 1993 to 1997.

He is a Trustee of the Soviet War Memorial Trust, which is responsible for the Soviet War Memorial in London. See www.sovietwarmemorialtrust.com for more information.

One of the episodes covered in the book (and the talk) is the deployment of RAF 151 Wing via the first Arctic convoy from the UK in August 1941. The story of this incredible operation is told in the documentary film Hurricanes to Murmansk. Copies of the DVD are still available from http://www.atollproductions.com/ .

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