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  • Why I'm leaving a gift in my Will to the RAF Benevolent Fund

    Bomber Command veteran Dennis Wiltshire was only 18 years old when he served in the World War II. In this blog he tells us why he's decided to leave a legacy to our charity.

  • Mary Stopes Roe's first knowledge of the raid

    Mary Stopes Roe, the daughter of Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the bouncing bomb, spoke to the RAF Benevolent Fund in an exclusive interview about how she came to hear about the raid for the very first time.

  • "Thanks for everything, Dad!"

    Morgan Johnson, son of Dambusters veteran Johnny Johnson, tells us how he marks Father's Day with his dad.

  • The Third Wave

    The third and final, wave of the five aircraft attack as part of the Dambusters raid of set off after midnight. They were used as a reserve force that would be directed to targets where the earlier waves had failed to achieve their objective.

  • Anthems in the Park 2013

    Britain's Got Talent stars Jonathan and Charlotte will top the bill in Lincolnshire on Saturday 27 July when, for one night only, Royal Air Force College Cranwell opens its doors to the public and becomes the spectacular setting for Anthems in the Park 2013.

  • "Your parachute, Sir!"

    In an exclusive interview with Dambusters veteran Johnny Johnson, he tells us the story of an accidentally deployed parachute and a misplaced compass card which caused Flight Commander Joe McCarthy to almost lose his nerve over.

  • Les Munro's plane is hit as he reaches the Dutch Coast

    Speaking in a recent exclusive interview with the RAF Benevolent Fund, pilot Les Munro, who flew in the Dambusters raid of 16 and 17 May 1943, told us how the Lancaster he was flying was hit by flak as he reached the Dutch coast.

  • Celebrating RAF dads this Father's Day

    This Father's Day we're celebrating RAF dads. Lee Cunliffe, a former RAF dog handler, is a dad of four. In this blog he tells us what Father's Day means to him.

  • Creative fun through Airplay

    Airplay has been providing lots of creative activities for young people in Halton.

  • The Second Wave

    The 19 Lancasters of 617 Squadron that set off on the night of the Dambusters raid on May 16 and 17, 1943 flew in three waves. Although they set off first, leaving from 9.30pm onwards, the five Lancasters that were detailed to attack the Sorpe Dam were called the second wave.

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