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Royal Air Force News Friday, March 20, 2020 P3

It is a cut-throat sport where even the best in the world can get knocked out

It was hard – especially when you are not used to being constricted in that way

RAF bowman Flt Lt Tom Barber on his Tokyo Olympics bid p5

Tamsin Greig on wearing period costume for the new drama Belgravia RnR p3

After what we have achieved it would be devastating to end here

Bloodhound boss Ian Warhurst on the rocket car project’s latest cash crisis p17

C17 flies in aid as Syria refugee crisis escalates Simon Mander RAF News Room 68 Lancaster Building HQ Air Command High Wycombe Buckinghamshire HP14 4UE Editor: Simon Williams Email: editor@rafnews.co.uk Tel: 01494 497412 Sports Editor: Daniel Abrahams Email: sports@rafnews.co.uk Tel: 01494 497563 Features Editor: Tracey Allen Email: tracey.allen@rafnews.co.uk Tel: 01494 497622 News Editor: Simon Mander All advertising: Edwin Rodrigues Tel: 07482 571535 Email: edwin.rodrigues@rafnews. co.uk Subscriptions and distribution: JPIMedia Print Holdings Ltd 26 Whitehall Road Leeds LS12 1BE Tel: 020 7855 7574 Email: rafnews@jpress.co.uk

AN RAF C-17 has delivered vital aid to the Turkey-Syria border amid the worsening humanitarian crisis in Idlib. The transporter landed in Hayat carrying 37 tonnes of supplies for around 300 families forced to flee their homes as schools, nurseries and hospitals are targeted by Syrian regime bombing. The aid flight is in addition to £89 million of UK aid for Syria including tents, thermal blankets, clothing, food, clean water and medical supplies distributed with the cooperation of the Turkish Red Crescent. It comes as Defence Secretary Ben Wallace was due to visit Ankara to hold talks with his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar. Mr Wallace said: “The people of Idlib have suffered enormously during this conflict and these crucial supplies delivered by our military

will provide shelter for hundreds of families in desperate need. “We stand in solidarity with Turkey after the losses they have suffered, and the UK will do what we can to offer support. “The ceasefire in Idlib must continue to be respected.” The UK is one of the largest donors to the Syria crisis, providing more than £3.1 billion since 2011 including more than 28 million food rations, 19 million medical checkups and 12 million vaccines. Britain has helped more than 140,000 people get clean drinking water and provided psychosocial support to 28,000 people, including 1,000 children. Turkey is the largest refugee host in the world and the UK supports the education of 635,000 Syrian children there and has provided more than 8 million primary healthcare consultations for the most vulnerable.

MERCY MISSION: Brize Norton team loads up lifesaving supplies on to C17 which flew into crisis-hit Idlib on the Turkish border with Syria. PHOTO: SAC TOM CANN

This Week In History ‘

1944

Stalag Breakout

2003

Telic shots fired

Precision attacks begin against several hundred land targets in Iraq by Tornado and Harrier GR7s as the second Gulf War starts.

RAF prisoners in Stalag Luft III PoW camp stage a mass breakout which later became known as the Great Escape. Seventy-six prisoners escape through a tunnel codenamed ‘Harry’. Most are recaptured and 50 executed on Hitler’s orders.

1942

Bomber raids begin Bomber Command mounts its first concentrated raids against a German city as 234 aircraft, mainly Wellingtons, attack Lübeck with a large number of incendiaries. The intensity of the attack led to the Germans coining the phrase ‘Terrorangriff ’ (Terror Raids). Extracts from The Royal Air Force Day By Day by Air Cdre Graham Pitchfork (The History Press).

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