The mastermind of The Great Escape was Squadron Leader Roger Bushell. Described by his Commanding Officer as ‘one of the greatest of his generation’, Bushell was born and brought up in South Africa but went to school in England, studied law at Cambridge and became a London barrister.
Former Flight Lieutenant Charles Clarke was 20 years old when he was shot down over enemy territory serving in Bomber Command. He was captured whilst trying to flee to safety in Switzerland and imprisoned in Stalag Luft III during the time of The Great Escape. Now 90 years old, Charles shares his recollections of life in the RAF and as a PoW in Stalag Luft III.
Former Flight Lieutenant Jack Lyon was just 23 when he joined the RAF as an Aircraftman. He entered Stalag Luft III, the scene of The Great Escape, in 1942 when it opened and was later moved to the north compound, home to the tunnels 'Tom' , 'Dick' and 'Harry'.
This week is National Apprenticeship Week, a week that celebrates the contribution made by apprentices. Rebecca Grosvenor is an apprentice at the RAF Benevolent Fund and in a guest blog she tells us more about her role and what she enjoys about working at the Fund.
Across the UK people have been signing up to take part in our RAF96 fundraising celebrations. Andrew Russell is one of many getting involved and in a guest blog, Andrew tells us more about how he'll be raising money for us.
RAF chef Richy Hartley is raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund by doing the Inca trek to Machu Picchu. In this guest blog, Richy tells us more about his challenge and how his training and preparations for it have been coming along.
This Valentine's Day we continue to celebrate RAF couples. For Alan and Pat Parker, Valentine's Day was the day they got together and this year the couple will celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary. Alan tells us more.
As we approach Valentine's Day we'll be featuring blogs celebrating RAF couples. In our first Valentine's blog, Aerospace Battle Manager Gemelle Webb tells us about meeting and falling in love with Andy, her husband.
Commanding Officer Jon Nixon is planning to run the 2015 London Marathon to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund. He’s set himself a fundraising target of £15,000. It was Jon’s Twitter followers who inspired him to take up this challenge and in a guest blog Jon tells us more.
Al Bennett is a Housing Executive in our Housing and Care Services team and has been working for the RAF Benevolent Fund for three years. In a guest blog, Al tells us more about his role.
On 14 January young people at our Airplay project at RAF Northolt presented the Mayor of Hillingdon with a poppy collage.
Last week 16-year-old Alice Cunningham had her hair shaved off to raise money for our Airplay programme at RAF Lossiemouth. In this guest blog Alice tells us more about her fundraising challenge.
Andy Brown, 82, has been raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund through a 'collecting can' contained in a deactivated bomb at a memorial in Braemar which has so far raised over £4,000 for the Fund. The RAF Benevolent Fund's Bob Kemp tells us more.
Earlier this month a press launch was held for the exciting mud run, Airfield Anarchy. Greg Goodall, a director at AWOL Adventure Limited who are running the event, tells us more about the launch in this guest blog.
It's time to don your trainers, pull on your strip, fire up your ovens and flick those whisks – come on all you RAF supporters – it's time to celebrate the RAF's 96th birthday.
We would like to thank everyone who supported, raised money and volunteered for the RAF Benevolent Fund in 2013. Take a look at our video to say thank you.
We had lots of great blogs on our website in 2013. Here, we've picked our 10 favourites.
2013 was a busy year for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Here's a round up of some of the events, activities and fundraising that took place this year.
Corporal Jason Bunker is just one of many RAF personnel who'll be spending Christmas away from their families. In this guest blog, his children Keeley and Elliot tell us how they've split Christmas into parts so that they don't miss out on getting to spend Christmas with their dad.
At Christmas there are many RAF personnel who are away from their families. Sisters Alice, Megan and Charlotte Cunningham know what that's like as their dad is currently serving in Afghanistan. In a guest blog, the sisters tell us how their family celebrate Christmas when their dad is away.
Once again this year's British Military Tournament was another unforgettable weekend which showed our Armed Forces at their best.
Rick Johnson and his family recently stayed at our seaside cottage Seacot House that provides a home away from home for RAF families looking for a break by the coast. In a guest blog, Rick tells us about his stay.
Today a team of RAF personnel from 216 Squadron and 47 Squadron began the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a rowing race from San Sebastián de la Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua. Atlantic Forces team member, Howard Raw, tells us more about the challenge and why his team wanted to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Sixteen-year-old Alice Cunningham is raising money for our Airplay programme at RAF Lossiemouth by shaving off her hair. She'll also be donating her hair to a charity that makes wigs for children with cancer. In this guest blog Alice and her mum Judith tell us more.
RAF Reservist Sara Waymont recently did a painting featuring players from Saracens Rugby Club to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund. In a guest blog, Sara tells us more about her painting and why she wanted to support us.