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  • Guinea Pig Club members at the unveiling of statue honouring Sir Archibald McIndoe
    Statue unveiled for WWII surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe

    The RAF Benevolent Fund's Public Relations Officer Samantha Budde joined WWII veterans and HRH Princess Anne this week for a special ceremony to unveil a statue in honour of pioneering surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe and his 'Guinea Pigs'. Samantha tells us more.

  • RAF team's fundraising run for the RAF Benevolent Fund

    Cpl Stuart Goodhall and a team of RAF colleagues will be running the length of the River Thames from Kemble to the Thames Barrier to raise money for our work. In a guest blog, Stuart tells us more about this challenge.

  • Lee Wrake
    Remembering the veterans of D-Day

    Sergeant Lee Wrake joined the RAF at the age of 19. On 6 June 1944 he landed on Omaha Beach, and after saving a man who was hit in the stomach, he himself was hit in the chest by shrapnel. 

  • 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 it must never be forgotten.

  • "What a sight it was to look down and see so many boats, like a giant armada!"

    Flying Officer Bunny Mason, 90, was a lone rear gunner on the Stirling Mk 4, which was specially adapted for D-Day to tow gliders over the Normandy beaches. The British Airspeed Horsa glider was used to transport paratroops and equipment, hundreds landing within just a few square kilometres once they were released.

  • 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.

  • "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 celebrate.

  • "I had to change a Hurricane's engine"

    Sergeant Lee Wrake, 94, was just 19-years-old when he joined the RAF as a mechanic. On 6 June 1944 – D-Day - he was responsible for transporting vehicles on to Omaha beach – a difficult task as many vehicles became waterlogged before they even reached shore.

  • Fundraising reaches new heights as RAF chef scales Inca Trail

    Richy Hartley isn't afraid of a challenge. As an RAF chef, he cooked up to 800 lunches a day for servicemen and women in Afghanistan. But he conquered a new challenge this month to aid the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund: a sponsored trek of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Richy's adventure began on 26 April.

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  • "Back in the mess we'd say, 'Here's to the health of so-and-so and here's to the next one to die'"

    Flight Lieutenant Rusty Waughman was a 21-year-old pilot flying Lancasters with 101 Squadron on 4 June 1944. Their mission was to listen in on German Fighter Control's instructions and jam broadcasts to their fleet. In 1944 he safely landed a Lancaster following a mid-air collision over Belgium with another Lancaster, saving all of his crew. After the war he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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