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  • Megan and Matt Neve
    Father's Day Special: Megan and Matt Neve

    This Father's Day 12-year-old Megan Neve shares with us why she thinks her dad and RAF Benevolent Fund Ambassador, Matt Neve is a real-life hero.

  • Whitehill School
    Hitchin school boy organises RAF charity fundraiser inspired by Spitfire pilot Mary Ellis

    Whitehill Junior School head boy Dillon Stewart was so inspired by the story of Spitfire pilot Mary Ellis he decided to get his whole school involved in fundraising for the Fund by holding an 'RAF Day'.

  • Airplay Youth Forum
    RAF youngsters form the first Airplay Youth Forum

    Thirteen members of Airplay met at the RAF Benevolent Fund's London head office recently as the inaugural sitting of the Airplay Youth Forum.

  • Sue and Chris Beadel
    Swindon couple take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in memory of their son

    The parents of a young airman, who died very suddenly, are set to scale the three largest mountains in Yorkshire in memory of their son Simon.

  • Bomber Command Memorial
    Why the men of Bomber Command must never be forgotten

    Before any troops even set foot on the beaches on 6 June 1944, Bomber Command had already lost almost 300 aircraft and 2,000 men (1,500 killed) attacking invasion targets. Wing Commander John Bell MBE tells us about the significant contribution made by the RAF and Bomber Command in D-Day and why this must never be forgotten.

  • Rose Davies
    How radar operator Rose Davies supported the D-Day landings

    As D-Day, 6 June 1944 dawned, those who were to play a pivotal part in its success were landing on the beaches of Normandy. Back in the UK, hundreds of personnel were supporting Operation Overlord including radar operator Rose Davies, who was just starting her shift.

  • Jack Lott
    "Abandon aircraft chaps"

    Navigator John 'Jack' Lott had just celebrated his 25th birthday weeks before D-Day, sadly this was the last birthday he would ever celebrate.

  • Aircraft in Normandy
    Spearheading the attack on Fortress Europe

    Spearheading the attack on Normandy was just the start of Geoff Packham's extraordinary experience as the end of the war approached.

  • Alison Moody Volunteers Week
    Volunteer in the spotlight

    Kicking off the start of volunteers' week, we wanted to thank each and every one of our invaluable volunteers and supporters, who help make the RAF Benevolent Fund a charity that stands for the entire RAF Family.

  • Foil drop
    Decoys and deception

    Decoys and deception were just as much a part of the D-Day campaign as the fighters in the air and the troops on the ground. Operation Taxable was conducted on 6 June 1944 and involved aluminium foil being dropped from 16 Lancasters which acted as a 'window' and blocked German radar. Wing Commander John Bell MBE was a Bomb Aimer with 617 Squadron and he recalls what it was like on that night.

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