President Jimmy Carter (1976-1981) created the Department of Energy in 1977 in response to the 1973 OPEC Oil Embargo. The agency's purpose is to establish a national energy policy with key goals of reducing dependence on imported oil and lessening the effect of carbon based fuels on the physical environment.
Pilots of No 17 Squadron RAF ease up at RAF Debden in 1940. Posted in on 8 June, P/O Denis H Wissler (first left) flew out to join them at Le Mans the next day. Next to him is P/O Jack K Ross, who arrived in France with the unit on 5 June and returned with them from Dinard on 17 June, reaching the above airfield 2 days later via Jersey and Guernsey.
Captain Bob Montgomery was awarded the Military Cross for his part in Operation Chariot. Better known as the Assault on the St Nazaire docks, Bob’s eye witness account from both the Bridge of HMS Campbletown and quayside provides a fascinating insight in to the operation. An operation that earned the greatest number of VC’s in any single action during WWII.
Ron Andrews was delighted to join the RAF until he found out that he would end up doing extra service because of the Berlin Airlift.
Stan Overend always believed he had salt in his veins so he was gutted when he was unable to join the Navy and had to settle for the RAF. In fact the sea did come a calling and he ended up in 67 Squadron, Air Sea Rescue. On his first rescue operation he starts to think the RAF was probably a safer option when he is almost drowned at sea.
Bernard offers an amusing and insightful take on conscription in the fifties. He secured himself a place in the RAF in air craft movements at Beachy Head but was very nearly Court Marshalled after a Viscount commercial airliner was mistaken for a Russian spy plane.