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Remember the RAF's PoWs and their escape for freedom, 75 years on


75 years on from the audacious breakout from Stalag Luft III war camp, remember our Prisoner of War airmen. These young men were not any Tom, Dick or Harry; honour their courage and ingenuity in their escape for freedom.



Please remember and support our RAF Family


Please remember and support our RAF Family

How you can help

You can donate online to mark this moment in RAF history, honouring the young airmen who had planned the audacious escape and the 50 making the ultimate sacrifice in the hope for freedom. Or, if you'd prefer to donate over the phone, just call 020 7580 8343 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm). Your gift will make a real difference to the remarkable men and women who have proudly worn the RAF uniform and now find themselves in need. Thank you.

How your support helps

As the leading RAF welfare charity, we have a proud tradition of caring for our own in times of trouble and support our veterans, serving men and women, and their families, when they need us. But we couldn't do it without you. Thank you.

A token of thanks

As a token of our sincere thanks for your donation, we'll send you an RAF Benevolent Fund pin badge as a symbol of your support for the RAF Family. We hope you wear it with pride. (Please allow 5-7 working days for your pin badge to arrive).

The story of the Great Escape

On the night of 24-25 March 1944, two hundred airmen had planned to escape from prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III through man-made tunnels. 76 found their way to freedom; 73 were later captured, with 50 of those young men making the ultimate sacrifice.

Learn more about the Great Escape and read our series of specially commissioned blogs featuring interviews with former Stalag Luft III PoWs Jack Lyon and Charles Clarke.


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