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Flt Lt Cunningham was killed at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire after he was accidentally ejected while his aircraft was on the ground

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UK returns stolen artefacts to Afghanistan

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Aircraft flouting Olympic airspace restrictions face being shot down

Aircraft that fail to comply with procedures within a restricted airspace zone around the Olympic site in London could be subject to “lethal force” from the military, it was revealed today.

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Ted Sismore: RAF veteran of daring low-level air raids

Ted Sismore planned and navigated Second World War RAF low-level daylight raids which were the most precisely timed, the deepest-penetrating, and the most appreciated by those for whom they were targeted. His skill freed prisoners and destroyed papers held by the Gestapo, preventing many executions and hundreds of arrests, with the minimum of civilian damage. The raids were made in answer to requests by the French and Danish resistance movements. "The difficulty was to achieve this kind of success without killing a lot of people," he wrote. "It was a very difficult decision of what to drop and how much to drop."

Thousands of armed forces personnel informed they must quit the services

More than a thousand armed forces personnel are being informed today that they must quit the services as part of efforts to control defence spending.

Soldiers face axe as part of defence cuts

Thousands of soldiers will learn tomorrow that they are to be made redundant as part of the downsizing of the Armed Forces.

Severe flooding has affected mid Wales with a major rescue operation under way taking to safety nearly 100 people so far

Residents and holidaymakers await flooding news after night in refuge centres

Residents and holidaymakers were hoping to learn today whether they can return to their flood-ravaged homes and caravans after spending the night in refuge centres.

150 rescued from west Wales floods

A large-scale rescue operation was launched today to get around 150 holidaymakers and residents to safety after a raging torrent of floodwater engulfed communities in west Wales.

Fewer than a third of senior jobs held by women

Fewer than a third of the most senior jobs in the UK are held by women, according to new figures.

Soldiers killed in Afghanistan named

Two British servicemen who were shot dead by members of the Afghan police force in Helmand on Saturday were named by the Ministry of Defence today.

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