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History and heritage

  • Hercules C130K
    The words no Commander wants to hear

    Today marks 10 years since Hercules C130K flight XV179 was shot down over Iraq killing all 10 crew. In this blog Group Captain Mike Neville recalls the day.

  • Operational centenary for 6 Squadron

    100 years ago today on 6 October 1914, No. 6 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps made its first ever operational deployment.

  • Poppy planting at the Tower of London

    On 21 August, some our staff took part in planting poppies at the Tower of London for its unique WWI commemorative installation. Our Public Relations Officer Samantha Budde was one of the volunteers and in this guest blog she tells us more about the installation that honours the British servicemen who died in the Great War.

  • From the BE2 to the Typhoon: 6 Squadron today

    From the aircraft flown to the technology on board, the pilots of the First World War would be amazed by the progress that has been made and wouldn't recognise the job carried out by the pilots of 6 Squadron today.

  • It was a case of 'every man for himself'

    3 August marked the 100th anniversary of the deployment of No. 2 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps from Montrose Airfield to Dover in preparation for what would become World War One. It was a case of every man for himself in the quest to get to the coast in time to meet the rest of the British Expeditionary Force, who were assembling in preparation to cross the English Channel.

  • No. 2 Squadron: Second to None

    The creation of the Royal Flying Corps on 13 May 1912 saw the founding of the first three squadrons, numbers 1, 2, and 3. And although its numbering forever places it second, the early history of No. 2 Squadron is one of heroic firsts and bears out the Squadron’s informal motto, 'Second to None'.

  • "You hit them. We must go home. No petrol"

    With these simple lines, dropped in a bottle from a biplane to gunners of the 87th Royal Field Artillery, No. 6 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps pioneered cooperation between the Army and airpower, and ushered in airpower as an element in the First World War.

  • World War II POWs recall 'The Great Escape' at Special 70th Anniversary Film Screening

    World War II prisoners of war Jack Lyon, aged 96, and Charles Clarke, aged 90, shared their recollections of ‘The Great Escape’ at a special screening of the film to mark the 70th anniversary of the bid for freedom from the infamous POW camp Stalag Luft III.

  • Sir Jock Kennedy

    Air Chief Marshal Sir Thomas Kennedy (always known as Jock) became Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund in 1988 and served until his retirement in 1993. Find out more.

  • Remembering the crew of the Shackleton WR965

    The RAF Benevolent Fund's Bob Kemp recently visited the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides where he laid a wreath in memory of the RAF personnel who lost their lives in an air disaster in 1990. Bob tells us more in this guest blog.

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