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Donald's secret diary is finally cracked

Click video. Now a remarkable story about a truly remarkable man. Donald Hill was an officer in the RAF. He was captured by the Japanese and became a prisoner of war and spent four years in a camp in Hong Kong.

Donald kept a diary that he wrote in secret mathematical code. Years after his death the code was finally cracked, and his family found out for the first time what he went through during the war. Heather Edwards reports.

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Bomber drawings to help restore aircraft

Design drawings have been presented by aerospace and defence company EADS to the RAF Museum.

CEO of EADS UK, Robin Southwell, presented the drawings to Peter Dye, Director of the RAF Museum.

He said: "Now that the aircraft has been recovered from the water, we can see not just that it is in remarkable condition, but how much work needs to be done, and to do that we need to understand how the aircraft was constructed in the first place."

"The work of the RAF is absolutely vital. You cannot decide where you are going unless you know where you come form. The aerospace industry is all about knowledge, and then applying that knowledge innovatively."

RAF Museum drawings to restore bomber

The design drawings being presented to the RAF Museum Credit: RAF

Design drawings that could help restore a shot down WWII German bomber have been handed to the RAF Museum at the Royal International Air Tattoo.

The drawings will help with the rebuilding process of the aircraft, which was recently recovered from the seabed of the English Channel.

Shot down in 1940, the Dornier is historically important as it is the world's only surviving example of its kind although more than 1,500 were manufactured.

Research by the Air Historical Branch and the RAF Museum suggests that the wreck is a Do-17-Z2 lost on 26 August 1940, the height of the Battle of Britain.

Speaking after the presentation of the drawings to the museum, CEO of defence company EADS UK said: "EADS has access to more than 7,000 drawings which would enable the aircraft to be built from scratch, and these are the first 2,500 of those drawings,"

Celebrating 100 years of RAF Halton

3 Squadron Royal Flying Corp land on the sheep pasture at Halton Credit: RAF Halton

RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire iscelebrating 100 years of military flying.

The Centenary of Flight, which isalso the RAF’s 95th year, is a big achievement for the Wendover base andthe local population who have supported the military aviation.

Current airframes that operate at RAF Halton Credit: RAF Halton

The first flight took place on September 18, 1913 as the aircraft from 3 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps landed on the former Rothschild Estate.

Within five years of Britain's first flight, the Army recognised the value of aircraft and used experimental airplane structures to gain information.

Typhoon of today's 3 (F) Squadron based at RAF Coningsby Credit: RAF Halton

Today the airfield is home to a variety of RAF light aircraft and an occasional visit from a spitfire and Hercules transport aircraft.

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RAF trainee pilots pass on skills to Afghan peers

Two trainee RAF pilots, from our region, have been helping to teach Afghan aviation students language and technical skills.

Flight Lieutenants Ollie Burrell from Pease Pottage and Genevieve Rolleston-Smith from Tunbridge Wells, currently have twenty three trainee pilots under their wings. Juliette Fletcher has more.

Honouring ''The Few'' with education centre

An ambitious plan to create a £2.8 million education centre at the national Battle of Britain Memorial in Kent is reaching a key stage. Fundraisers have secured half the cost already and the project is about to go out to tender.

We speak to Bob Foster - one of The Few - and Patrick Tootal from the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, and visit the site at Capel-le-Ferne by the iconic white cliffs.

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