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  • "Something's afoot!"

    Former Flight Lieutenant Jack Lyon, 96, was 25 when he entered Stalag Luft III's north compound. He became involved in the escape after being moved from the east to the north compound but, he says, escape information was strictly on a 'need to know' basis and he had no idea how truly audacious the plan was.

  • "Big X – one of the greatest of his generation"

    The mastermind of The Great Escape was Squadron Leader Roger Bushell. Described by his Commanding Officer as ‘one of the greatest of his generation’, Bushell was born and brought up in South Africa but went to school in England, studied law at Cambridge and became a London barrister.

  • "It was every boy's ambition to join the Air Force"

    Former Flight Lieutenant Charles Clarke was 20 years old when he was shot down over enemy territory serving in Bomber Command. He was captured whilst trying to flee to safety in Switzerland and imprisoned in Stalag Luft III during the time of The Great Escape. Now 90 years old, Charles shares his recollections of life in the RAF and as a PoW in Stalag Luft III.

  • "Our aircraft had been observed liked a great torch in the sky'"

    Former Flight Lieutenant Jack Lyon was just 23 when he joined the RAF as an Aircraftman. He entered Stalag Luft III, the scene of The Great Escape, in 1942 when it opened and was later moved to the north compound, home to the tunnels 'Tom' , 'Dick' and 'Harry'.

  • Being an apprentice for the RAF Benevolent Fund

    This week is National Apprenticeship Week, a week that celebrates the contribution made by apprentices. Rebecca Grosvenor is an apprentice at the RAF Benevolent Fund and in this guest blog she tells us more about her role and what she enjoys about working at the Fund.

  • How I'll be raising money for RAF96

    Across the UK people have been signing up to take part in our RAF96 fundraising celebrations. Andrew Russell is one of many getting involved and in this guest blog, Andrew tells us more about how he'll be raising money for us.

  • RAF chef's trek to Machu Picchu in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund

    RAF chef Richy Hartley is raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund by doing the Inca trek to Machu Picchu. In this guest blog, Richy tells us more about his challenge and how his training and preparations for it have been coming along.

  • Esrskine home named after Battle of Britain pilot

    The RAF Benevolent Fund's Regional Director of Scotland and Northern Ireland has chosen the name Sir Alan Smith for an RAF veteran's bungalow in Erskine.

    Press Release

  • Valentine's blog: Why Valentine's Day is so special for me and my wife

    This Valentine's Day we continue to celebrate RAF couples. For Alan and Pat Parker, Valentine's Day was the day they got together and this year the couple will celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary. Alan tells us more.

  • Royal Air Force War Artist in Afghanistan sketches life behind the scenes

    Sara Waymont has been visiting parts of the Royal Air Force 83 Expeditionary Air Group including 617 'Dambusters' Squadron to record the work of the RAF and raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

    Press Release

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