Friday, 7 August 2015


A GLOBAL  HISTORY  OF  THE
RAF  POLICE  1918 - 2018
BY STEPHEN R HINGELEY-DAVIES   (RAFP 1975 – 2000)   © 2017


In the lead-up to the Centenary of the Royal Air Force Police on the 1 April 2018, this Concise Global History of the RAF Police has been compiled from the 2,645 pages of text in my manuscript. I hope it gives you an insight into this unique branch of the Royal Air Force. Copy this link into your browser:

http://royalairforcepolice100years.weebly.com/




RAF Police Associates webpage is at www.rafpa.com why not take a browse..??

or

RAF Police Association webpage is at http://www.rafpassociation.com/

Friday, 14 March 2014

Royal Air Force Police - Global History (On Facebook)

I have created a page on Facebook called 'Royal Air Force Police - Global History' so if you want to learn more about this unique branch of the RAF then why not take a peek: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalAirForcePoliceGlobalHistory?ref=hl

Sunday, 19 August 2012



Since 1993 Stephen R Hingeley-Davies has been researching the complex history of the RAF Police since its formation on the 1st April 1918.


During his 20 year research into the history of the RAF Police, he has amassed one of the largest depositories of information regarding the global activities of the branch dating back to the very beginning. In the lead-up to 2018 many authors will be working hard to compile the rather impressive history of the service during its first 100 years but most will focus on the flying exploits. Steve's intention is to produce a book, comprising several volumes, which will offer readers and historians alike a valuable insight into what the RAF Police have achieved during those first 100 years at home and abroad and is sure the book will make a valued addition to the records held by the RAF Historical Branch for future generations to refer to. If you served in the RAF Police or are still serving and you have a story to tell him then he would be delighted to hear from you with a view to including it in the book. Your contribution may be the missing piece of the jigsaw that is indeed, the History of the Royal Air Force Police.


Stephen R Hingeley-Davies

e-mail: stephendavies021@gmail.com 



Hard copies of Steve's books available from:

Woodfield Publishing Ltd ~ Independent UK Book Publishers
Woodfield House | Babsham Lane | Bognor Regis | West Sussex | PO21 5EL | England | UK

www.woodfieldpublishing.co.uk | www.woodfieldpublishing.com

Enquiries & telephone orders call 01243 821234 (international +44 1243 821234) 9am-5pm GMT (voicemail out of hours)


My illustrated and informative book, ‘RAF POLICE OPERATIONS IN EUROPE’ tells the story of how the RAF Police formed in April 1918 and outlines in detail its mission to support the RAF in both war and peacetime operations in Europe and the UK up until 2005. At the end of WWII the establishment of the RAF Police stood at 21,000 personnel. More information can be obtained from: http://www.woodfieldpublishing.co.uk/contents/en-uk/p209_raf-police-europe.html


My book ‘RAF POLICE DOGS ON PATROL’ - A RAF Police dog team are on patrol protecting the aircraft that are ready for their next mission. In the darkness the dog suddenly picks up on an unfamiliar scent, his hackles rise and he strains at his leash. The handler knows that something is amiss and immediately sends a discreet radio message as the dog leads him towards the source of the scent. Suddenly, a figure breaks cover and starts to run off into the darkness. The handler immediately shouts ‘Halt or I’ll release my Dog’, but the man ignores the warning hoping to make good his escape. The handler releases his dog and in a matter of seconds the dog has brought him down and stands guard over the terrified intruder until the handler arrives to take charge. While the dog continues to guard the man, the handler requests urgent assistance; another attempt to interfere with the country’s defences was foiled by the vigilance of the RAF Police dog team. More information can be obtained from: http://www.woodfieldpublishing.co.uk/contents/en-uk/p183_raf-police-dogs.html


My illustrated and informative book, ‘RAF POLICE - CAPE TOWN TO KABUL’ outlines in some detail the RAF Police mission to support the RAF in both war and peacetime operations in Africa, Cyprus, the Middle East, Aden, Iraq and Afghanistan up until 2006. More information can be obtained from: http://www.woodfieldpublishing.co.uk/contents/en-uk/p236_raf-police-capetown-kabul.html


My illustrated and informative book, ‘RAF POLICE – BOMBAY TO ASCENSION ISLAND’ outlines in some detail the RAF Police mission to support the RAF in both war and peacetime operations in India, the Far East, Australia, Canada and the South Atlantic up until 2007. More information can be obtained from: http://www.woodfieldpublishing.co.uk/contents/en-uk/p271_raf-police-bombay-ascension.html


My illustrated and informative book, ‘RAF POLICE – THE GREAT ESCAPE MURDERS’ outlines in some detail the Great Escape from the Stalag Luft III POW camp in 1944 and the incredible post-war investigation carried out by the RAF Police Special Investigation Branch which hunted down the Gestapo killers who murdered 50 of the recaptured RAF officers who took part in the escape. More information can be obtained from: http://www.woodfieldpublishing.co.uk/contents/en-uk/p311_great-escape-murders.html 

In addition, the author acted as a specialist advisor to the director, and was filmed, during the making of the documentary; 'The Great Escape, the Reckoning' in early 2009. See the documentary: 
http://cosmosdocumentaries3.blogspot.pt/2013/09/the-great-escape-reckoning-watch.html


My book, ‘THOSE BLOOMIN’ SNOWDROPS’ contains a collection of humorous stories and cartoons outlining some of the lighter moments witnessed by the RAF Police whilst on duty. It is guaranteed to have you in tears as you read some of the things that go on out there. More information can be obtained from: http://www.woodfieldpublishing.co.uk/contents/en-uk/p270.html


My book, ‘MORE BLOOMIN’ SNOWDROPS’ is a sequel to the first book of humorous stories and cartoons, which again outline some of the lighter moments witnessed by the RAF Police whilst on duty. More information can be obtained from: http://www.woodfieldpublishing.co.uk/contents/en-uk/p328_more-bloomin-snowdrops.html


My book “WHITECAP TWO-FIVE” A Royal Air Force Policeman’s experiences at home and abroad, 1975-2000: In this entertaining and impressively extensive 940,00-word memoir, Stephen R Davies looks back on his eventful 25-year career in the RAF Police from 1975 to 2000, during which time he worked at various locations in the United Kingdom and overseas as far afield as Germany, Belize, Ascension Island and New Zealand. In the course of his career Steve would be involved in a wide variety of police work, from routine security duties to specialist criminal investigation and anti-drug operations. Along the way he would learn a great deal about police procedures, teamwork and personnel management, knowledge which was put to good use when he became an instructor at the Airman's Command School and later the RAF Police Training School. Policing is, of course, serious work and this is reflected in much of the narrative, in which Steve details the challenges and problems he faced, both in fighting crime and maintaining good working relationships with colleagues, subordinates and superiors, which frequently called for all the inventiveness and ingenuity he could muster. There are many lighter moments too, when Steve recalls some of the humorous situations he encountered in the line of duty and these are described with a mischievous sense of humour that is also evident the pranks and practical jokes that he and his colleagues were fond of playing on one another. This book is, of course, highly recommended to any former RAF policemen, who will no doubt find within its pages much to remind them of their own experiences, while those who are young and inexperienced will find that it contains a great deal of valuable information and good advice. But you do not have to be a policeman or even a military veteran to enjoy Steve’s articulate and amusing tales of his years in uniform, which contain plenty of entertainment value for readers of all ages and persuasions. More information can be obtained from: http://www.woodfieldpublishing.co.uk/contents/en-uk/p372_Whitecap_Two-Five.html


In addition the following titles have been updated and published as electronic books and are available from Amazon Kindle:


My original book, 'FIAT JUSTITIA – A HISTORY OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE POLICE', which was published in 1994, is no longer available from the publisher in hard form but is now available as an e-book published with Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jusitia-History-Royal-Police-ebook/dp/B007D6IBNC/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1332028405&sr=1-4


GLOBAL HISTORY OF THE RAF POLICE (Europe) – Volume 1, is available as an updated e-book from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008Z4TO0U


GLOBAL HISTORY OF THE RAF POLICE (Dogs) – Volume 2, is available as an updated e-book from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007NN2AWS


GLOBAL HISTORY OF THE RAF POLICE (S Africa to Afghanistan) – Volume 3, is available as an updated e-book from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008Z9SOSS


GLOBAL HISTORY OF THE RAF POLICE (India to Ascension) – Volume 4, is available as an updated e-book from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008Z9ZUPI



ESCAPE FROM STALAG LUFT III, is available as an updated e-book from Amazon, and tells the remarkable story of the Great Escape by RAF POWs from Stalag Luft III, in March 1944, the execution of 50 of those recaptured and the post-war investigation by the RAF Police Special Investigation Branch to track down the Gestapo killers of the 50:

  http://www.amazon.co.uk/GREAT-ESCAPE-STALAG-LUFT-III-ebook/dp/B0081UC3DI/ref=sr_1_11?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1449514819&sr=1-11&keywords=Stephen+R+Davies


SNOWDROPS HAVING A LAUGH 1, is available now as an e-book from Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/THOSE-BLOOMING-SNOWDROPS-HAVING-ebook/dp/B0081UEX0Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1336636383&sr=1-1


SNOWDROPS HAVING A LAUGH 2, is available now as an e-book from Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/THOSE-BLOOMING-SNOWDROPS-HAVING-ebook/dp/B0081UFOS4/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1336636383&sr=1-2


'RAF POLICE – AT WAR' the story of the Britian's global conflicts ranging from 1939 to 2012 and the part the RAF Police played in supporting the RAF. The book is filled with personal accounts from those who were there at the time and also includes a large selection of photographs. This has been published as an e-book with Amazon Kindle - More information can be obtained from: http://www.amazon.co.uk/ROYAL-AIR-FORCE-POLICE-ebook/dp/B007BH0GCM/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1332028253&sr=1-1 


'WHITECAP TWO-FIVE' The story of my own 25 year career in the Royal Air Force Police.


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Whitecap-Two-Five-Stephen-R-Davies-ebook/dp/B00I83XJPE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1418076855&sr=1-1&keywords=stephen+r+davies+whitecap+25