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Dambusters

  • Social Engagement Worker Dave Rose on supporting the RAF Family throughout the pandemic

    David Rose is a Social Engagement Worker (SEW) for the Fund based at RAF Honington in Suffolk. He explains how he continues to engage with serving personnel and their partners during the lockdown and how he has an eye on the future.

  • Mike taking part in Tour of Cambridgeshire 2019
    Lincolnshire man to cycle 5,600 miles for the RAF Benevolent Fund

    An RAF serviceman based at the Headquarters of the RAF Air Cadets at RAF College Cranwell will be cycling 5,600 miles this year to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

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    Cycle challenge launches celebrating last surviving Dambuster Johnny Johnson

    A cycle challenge celebrating the centenary of Squadron Leader George ‘Johnny’ Johnson DFM launches on 25 November, Johnny’s 99th birthday. Johnny is the last surviving original member of Operation Chastise, also known as the Dambusters raid of 1943.

  • Johnny Johnson
    RAF charity's supporters honour last surviving British Dambuster

    A Book of Gratitude featuring hundreds of messages of thanks has been presented to the last surviving British Dambuster Johnny Johnson MBE, DFC, by Kevin Marriott, whose great uncle was killed in the raid.

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    Beaujolais Run drivers gear up to support the Fund

    This year's Beaujolais Runners have visited some historic sites, including paying their respects at Wing Commander Guy Gibson's graveside in Holland, raising money and awareness for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

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    Was the Dambusters raid a success?

    In an exclusive interview with Mary Stopes Roe, daughter of bouncing bomb inventor Barnes Wallis, we asked her for her thoughts on whether the Dambusters raid was a success.

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    "Powerful waves shone out silver in the moonlight"

    Although significant losses were sustained by 617 Squadron on the Dambusters raid of 16 and 17 May 1943, the damage that the Lancasters inflicted on their targets was also great. A number of German civilians gave their accounts of what unfolded in the minutes and hours after the raid.

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    Melvin 'Dinghy' Young: failed to return

    Squadron Leader Melvin Young acquired the nickname 'Dinghy' after ditching in the sea twice and surviving both times in an inflatable dinghy.

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    The Prisoners of War

    Fifty-six men from 617 Squadron who carried out the Dambusters raid on 16 and 17 May 1943 failed to return and all were presumed dead. Three, however, managed to make miraculous escapes and were subsequently taken prisoner.

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    My very own piece of Dambuster's history

    This month marks 75 years since 133 airmen, led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, took part in the Dambusters raid. Fifty-three of those brave men made the ultimate sacrifice. As part of the Fund's commemorations, we hear from Sergeant Alfie Garnett, who inherited his very own piece of Dambusters history.

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