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Online Talk: The RAF’s Role in the Occupation of Iceland in WWII

25 February at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us on Zoom for a new Online Talk and discover the fascinating history of the RAF and ‘The Blessed War’ in Iceland in WWII!

Learn why the British occupied Iceland in WWII; the military expansion of the island; the terrible flying conditions and how we built new airfields, ports, roads, hospitals and more. Iceland greatly benefitted from the occupation and called it ‘The Blessed War!’

Hear how the RAF mounted shipping patrols, defensive fighter patrols, anti-U-boat sweeps, convoy protection, ice patrols and their joint activities with the American USAAF.

Understand the island’s strategic role in so many ways including trans-Atlantic ferrying of aircraft, protection of arctic convoys and shooting down of Nazi bombers and reconnaissance aircraft. Also hear about the personal life of the RAF personnel; their involvement with local life and their tragedies.

By Aldon Ferguson

Joining the Talk

The talk will be held online on Zoom at 11am on Friday 25th February. Limited places are available.

Non-Annual Member Tickets: £4
Annual Member Tickets: Free

Book your ticket online here. One ticket per Zoom screen is required.

The Zoom joining details (ID & password) will be emailed to you shortly before the start of the talk. Please log on at 10.50am, ready for a prompt start at 11am.

During the talk, you will see and hear the speaker, but you will not be heard or seen on screen yourself. There will be the opportunity to ask questions via the Q&A function.

Please note: Please ensure you have a good internet connection and bandwidth before joining the talk. Bentley Priory Museum does not accept responsibility for user-end connectivity issues (such as loss of internet or sound/video distortion).

About Annual Membership

Annual members benefit from free access to our Online Talks and onsite Friday Morning Talks programmes, as well as unlimited access to the Museum galleries, gardens and cafe on standard open days and school holiday family activities.

Buy Annual Membership online here.


25 February
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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