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History and heritage

  • Saying goodbye to the Hercules C130K

    The RAF Benevolent Fund's Simon Footer is a former Hercules pilot. In this guest blog, Simon recalls his time flying the Hercules C130K that was retired by the RAF last month.

  • A WWII veteran bestows his 'special' watch to the memory of his fallen comrades

    On 30 May 1949, John Oliver 'Jo' Lancaster DFC made aviation history by becoming the first pilot to eject from an aircraft in an emergency situation using a Martin-Baker ejection seat - since then, Martin-Baker ejection seats have saved over 7,420 aircrew lives worldwide.

  • Veterans reunited

    Two veterans were reunited at Leuchars over the weekend. John Cruickshank, the last surviving holder of a Royal Air Force Victoria Cross was reunited with a Catalina flying boat in which he successfully sunk a German U Boat, U-347 after an amazing tussle over the Arctic Ocean almost 70 years ago.

  • Memorial stone unveiled to commemorate brave World War II pilot

    A memorial stone has been unveiled to mark the spot where RAF Battle of Britain pilot Flight Lieutenant Richard Carew Reynell fell to his death from his Hurricane aircraft.

  • Sad loss of Polish WWII pilot

    Sadly, World War II Polish pilot, Tony Rogers has passed away. Tony had an incredible life and flew Lancasters, Spitfires and Wellingtons during the War. In later life he became a keen supporter of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

  • Bomber Command Memorial top tourist site

    This week, the Bomber Command Memorial at Green Park was voted London's most popular tourist attraction according to Trip Advisor. Mike Neville, our Chief of Staff, tell us more in this blog.

  • Heroes of the Skies

    On Tuesday night, Lord Ashcroft launched his latest book, Heroes of the Skies, at the Imperial War Museum. He will kindly be donating all of his author's royalties to the RAF Benevolent Fund.

  • Three crews have not returned

    Sam Brookes served on Lancaster bombers with Bomber Command and flew thirty missions. In this blog, Sam tells us of a daring raid on the Baltic coast of Poland, and remembers the crews who did not return.

  • Guardians of the Bomber Command Memorial

    The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund has taken responsibility for the Bomber Command Memorial. In this blog, Mike Neville, our chief of staff, discusses why the memorial is so important.

  • Flying with a Spitfire

    Last year we ran a competition with the fantastic prize of a flight with a Spitfire, which was kindly donated by Go Action Stations. Our lucky winner was Sandra Withenshaw from Cheshire. Sandra tells us more in this blog.

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