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D Day

Commemorating the 70th anniversary

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 RAF's involvement in D-Day.

BLOGS

  • Lee Wrake
    Remembering the veterans of D-Day

    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. 

  • Eric Reedman
    "It was actually terribly exciting, we knew this was it"

    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.

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