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.
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'.
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.
The RAF Benevolent Fund is very excited to be attending the Bristol Balloon Fiesta from 7-10 August for the first time. Our Regional Fundraiser, Cerys Sadler tells us more.
Martin Watson is an intern in our Fundraising and Communications team. In this guest blog, Martin tells us more about some of the work he's been doing as part of his internship.
This September brothers Ben and Tom Colombari from East Yorkshire will be taking part in the Freedom Trail from Discover Adventure. This challenge will see them trekking in the Pyrenees, starting in France and going over the high mountains into Spain.
Staff from 2 MT Squadron have been doing a variety of fundraising for us this year, so far raising over £2,000 for our work. In this guest blog Sergeant Si Mudford tells us about his team's fundraising achievements.
While most GCSE students are looking forward to a lie in come the end of the academic year, Westgate-on-Sea student Jesse Johnstone-Brown is taking on a 75-mile plus bicycle ride for charity.
The RAF Benevolent Fund will be able to make 20 homes more accessible for wheelchair-bound RAF veterans and family members, thanks to a £400,000 grant from the Veterans Accommodation Fund.
Kate McKie joined the RAF Benevolent Fund in March as our Regional Fundraiser for Scotland, Northern Ireland and North East England. In this guest blog, Kate tells us more about her role and what her first few months at the charity have been like.