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About our anniversary campaign

The RAF Benevolent Fund is using our series of specially commissioned blogs to commemorate the upcoming 75th anniversary of Operation Chastise – the daring Dambusters raid of May 16/17, 1943.

Wing Commander Guy GibsonWing Commander Guy Gibson of 617 Squadron led the Dambusters raid

Fifty-three men were killed on the night of May 16/17, a small but significant part of a total number of 55,573 from Bomber Command who died during the Second World War.

Each of the blogs is dedicated to one of these 53 men. The blogs feature a variety of exclusive material including video interviews and information and images from newly published sources.

They cover many different aspects of the raid across different categories including key people, technical details, crew stories and special features on those who failed to return.

April Fools Club's fundraising challenge

A group of friends known as the April Fools Club are raising money for us to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raid. They're organising several events that include a charity dinner on 28 September 2017 and a bike ride from 16-20 May 2018. Find out more and see how you can sponsor them.

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