The Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) was formed in 1943 during WWII, and was an amalgamation of the Old Comrades of the Royal Air Force and many squadron associations. It wasn’t until after the war that the association really began to develop and it quickly grew to 200,000 members worldwide.

In the Netherlands RAFA was represented by a Liaison Officer, Mr L. Wijnbergen, whose task ended in 1951 when the RAFA Netherlands Branch (No. 1025) was formed. In 1953 a decision was made to split the Netherlands Branch into two separate branches – Amsterdam (1077)  and  The Hague (1078). While the majority of the Hague members were Dutch nationals who had flown in the RAF during the war, most of the Amsterdam members were aircrew from Commonwealth countries flying with KLM or from the Fokker aircraft factory.