The RAF Benevolent Fund has put together a series of exclusive blogs to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The Normandy landings of 6 June, termed D-Day, saw Allied forces begin a major offensive against the Germans. Over 8,000 RAF personnel took part in the D-Day operations with more than 5,000 aircraft involved in the air assaults. Learn more about the
Sergeant Lee Wrake joined the RAF at the age of 19. On 6 June 1944 he landed on Omaha Beach, and after saving a man who was hit in the stomach, he himself was hit in the chest by shrapnel.
Spearheading the attack on Normandy was just the start of Geoff Packham's extraordinary experience as the end of the war approached.
Ninety-one year old Eric Reedman was a 21-year-old Leading Aircraftman with Advanced HQ, 80 Wing at the start of D-Day. Two days before D-Day he was posted to Old Sarum, Wiltshire, where his unit waited to make their way to Gold Beach.