Unit 36: Interview Techniques

Research Document
Order of contents:
Topic Research for interview 2: Royal Air Force (RAF Benson)
Guest Research for interview 2: Paula Murray

You need to carry out EXTENSIVE research on your topic and guest.
You need to demonstrate why you have used your guest for this

topic. You need to reference where you found your research.
(Referencing is KEY)
Interviewee:
Research of topic: Royal Air Force (RAF Benson)
Key Facts:





The Royal Air force is the UK’s aerial warfare force.
It was founded in 1918 at the end of the First World War.
(http://www.raf.mod.uk/history/raftimelinehomepage.cfm)
The RAF took a significant role in the Second World War where
it fought its most famous campaign; the Battle of Britain.
RAF Benson is the front line support helicopter base which
station is home to Puma and Merlin helicopters. ‘RAF Benson
is a front line support helicopter base working within the Joint
Helicopter Command (JHC). Located in South Oxfordshire, the
Station is home to Puma helicopters of 33 and 230 Squadrons,
Merlin HC3 and HC3a helicopters of 28 (AC) Squadron and 846
Naval Air Squadron (operated by the Royal Navy), and the
Tutor T1 Aircraft of Oxford University Air Squadron and 6 Air
Experience Flight. RAF Reserve unit 606 (Chiltern) Squadron
Royal Auxiliary Air Force are also located here as a helicopter
support squadron.’
(http://www.raf.mod.uk/RAFbenson/aboutus/index.cfm)
RAF Benson has 2000 service personnel and civilian servants
working on the base.
The four wings of RAF Benson are: Base Support Wing,
Engineering and Logistics Wing, R and S Wing and Operations
Wing. The four helicopter squadrons are: 28 (AC) Squadron, 78
Squadron, 33 Squadron and 230 squadron.
(http://www.raf.mod.uk/RAFbenson/aboutus/who.cfm)
The current Group Captain who takes the role of Station
Commander at RAF Benson is Simon Paterson.
(http://www.raf.mod.uk/RAFbenson/aboutus/people.cfm)
‘During World War II, RAF Benson was the main operational
station for the Photographic Reconnaissance Squadrons and
since 1945 Benson has been the base for a wide variety of
units and headquarters. It has been especially noted for being
the home to the Kings Flight, and latterly the Queens Flight,
for over 40 years. RAF Benson goes back to 1937 when
building work began with the erection of 4 'C' type aircraft
hangers, workshops and domestic accommodation. The new
airfield was ready to accept its first aircraft when 2 squadrons
of Fairey Battle Bombers moved in on 3 April 1939.’
(http://www.raf.mod.uk/RAFbenson/aboutus/history.cfm)

Potential areas of interest:
 Military life
 Specific role in the RAF
 Deployment
Areas of concern:

Research of Guest
Primary Research: (Interviews with guest to find out what they
know; interviews with friends of guest to find out about guest) Insert
voice recordings /notes
-Paula Murray
-Rank: Sergeant

Secondary Research: (Internet /books)
http://www.raf.mod.uk/history/raftimelinehomepage.cfm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Air_Force
http://www.raf.mod.uk/RAFbenson/aboutus/history.cfm