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Battle of Britain

    Watch our interviews with RAF veterans who took part in the Battle of Britain and read our exclusive blogs.

    Visit to learn more about the Battle of Britain and discover the defining moments of the conflict on our Battle timeline.

  • Mike Goody and Jan Black
    We hit the red carpet for the premiere of Hurricane

    This week the RAF Benevolent Fund were honoured to join RAF veterans, including World War Two veteran Jan Black, and serving personnel for the premiere of the new film, Hurricane in London's Leicester Square.

  • Polish RAF aircrew
    The unsurpassed gallantry of 302 and 303 Squadron

    The film Hurricane, which tells the tale of the bravery of the Polish Fighter Squadrons, was released in the UK in September 2018. Back then, inspired by the movie, we took a look at how the gallantry of these young men proved invaluable during the Second World War.

  • Stan Hartill
    Remembering the man who helped keep the Spitfires in the sky

    Stan, who has died aged 97, was always humble about his contribution to the war effort, insisting he was 'just doing his job' but we remember his bravery and selflessness.

  • Johnny Kent
    New book celebrates Battle of Britain pilot Johnny 'Kentowski' Kent

    Alexandra Kent knew as a child that her father John 'Johnny' Kent was a celebrated Battle of Britain pilot and successful test pilot.

  • Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr
    Seventy-fifth anniversary of 'High Flight'

    "Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings..." So begins 'High Flight,' perhaps the most renowned aviation poem, written by Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr, in August 1941.

  • Stan Hartill Legion d'honneur Courtesy of Daily Echo Bournemouth
    French honour for Battle of Britain veteran

    Battle of Britain veteran Stan Hartill has been awarded France's highest decoration  the Legion d'honneur.

  • Spitfires
    Celebrating 80 years of the Spitfire

    Eighty years ago today an icon of British resilience and defiance first took to the skies – happy birthday Supermarine Spitfire!

  • Geoffrey Wellum
    An interview with the late Geoffrey Wellum

    In this interview, the late Spitfire pilot Geoffrey Wellum recalled what it was like to take to the skies during the Battle of Britain.

  • Battle of Britain veteran Tony Pickering
    "I have never forgotten my comrades"

    The late Hurricane pilot Sqn Ldr Tony Pickering never forgot those he flew alongside during the Battle of Britain.

  • Battle of Britain veteran Ken Wilkinson
    "We could have lost the war"

    The late Spitfire pilot Ken Wilkinson remembers how close Great Britain came to disaster during the Battle of Britain.

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