Rob P wrote:.. cardboard cutouts of RAF personnel through the ages carefully selected for gender and race unbalance.
Then there's the once wonderful Britain At War Magazine and its feature on being gay in the trenches of the Great War.
again, stories which deserved to be told, because for a long time they weren't ?
ISTR when it was common to see profiles of 1930s UAS pilots (ie, prewar undergraduates, disproportionately drawn from the privately educated) flying as RAFVR Officers in BoB and getting DFCs, but far less about RAuxAF (drawn from a much wider social class) flying as NCO aircrew and getting DFMs. Analogously, the Windrush stories often failed to mention that many of the first Caribbaean wave were ex-RAF air- and groundcrew returning to a UK where, as volunteers during the war years, they had generally been treated as equal by RAF colleagues but discovering in postwar UK that attitudes from authorities and, eg employers and landlords could be very different. Still undertold are the stories of the people at Bletchley Park and its outstations (at home and overseas), where the very secrecy of the work and the consequent segregation of the staff from 'outsiders' meant that social norms of the time (race, sex, class, sexuality, ..) were simply disregarded, aptitude and talent being all that mattered.
This book, published 2020, was well reviewed:https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-glamo ... 526601711/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glamour_Boys_(politicians
I dislike historical truths being distorted to satisfy any agenda, but welcome undertold true stories being belatedly told or former distortions being belatedly corrected.
(mere guide at) Jet Age Museum, Gloucestershire Airporthttp://www.jetagemuseum.org/
TripAdvisor Excellence Award 2015http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction ... gland.html