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Heroes don't always wear capes - sometimes they arrive in 4x4 vehicles!

Some of the RAF's finest swept to the aid of those worst affected by the incredible snow and ice brought by the Beast from the East earlier this month. In a role often overshadowed by their operational duties overseas, RAF personnel were some of the first to spring into action to help travellers stranded in the wintry conditions.

RAF personnel attend to a Royal Mail van during Storm EmmaImage: Crown Copyright

Personnel from RAF Wittering were on hand to rescue vehicles stuck in the snow as well as MT drivers ferrying essential emergency staff to workplaces. Lincolnshire was one of the areas hardest hit, with many roads impassable for days. RAF MT drivers are skilled professionals who have been trained to drive in difficult conditions.

SAC Tim North, of No2 Mechanical Transport Squadron, explained: "We're finding that a half hour journey can take up to two and a half hours, anywhere up to three hours. It's not just fresh snowfall, it's how the winds are blowing snow onto the roads."

Personnel at RAF Odiham was also called into action as Chinook helicopters and their crews delivered help to Cumbria where those living in rural areas had been cut off. Just months after taking part in relief efforts in the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Irma, local authorities in Cumbria called the Chinooks to help much closer to home.

A Chinook during Storm EmmaImage: Crown Copyright

The Chinooks were packed with vital survival equipment as well as RAF Engineers and Royal Marines to provide support in the wake of Storm Emma which brought fresh disruption on the tail of the Beast from the East.

As the RAF stand in support of the nation during hard times, the RAF Benevolent Fund stands in support of them in their hour of need. The RAF deploy at a moment’s notice, secure in the knowledge that the RAF's leading welfare charity has their back.

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