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  • Fred Hammond
    "I think they just said the war is over"

    After surviving the Blitz as a teenaged boy, there was only one thing on Fred Hammond's mind when he turned 17 – join the RAF!

  • Chain home radar station
    Radar: Britain's secret weapon

    German pilots attacking from France often flew straight into a swarm of British fighters, who seemingly were waiting for the attack and deprived the enemy of the element of surprise.

  • Joan Fraser
    "War was finally over"

    For some Victory in Japan was a more muted celebration, in contrast to the jubilation of Victory in Europe Day. WAAF air woman Joan Fraser tells her story.

  • RAF veteran Ron Short
    The wait to return home after VJ Day

    For troops like Corporal Ron Short, fighting on the Eastern Front, the declaration of peace on VJ Day on August 15 signalled real change.

  • Cpl Ron Short was a member of 27 Squadron
    Celebrating VJ Day with an extra ration of rum

    World War Two veteran Cpl Ron Short remembers while VE Day celebrations took place in Europe, the fighting continued in the Far East.

  • Richard McDermott
    Cyclist prepares for Paris to London – on a Brompton!

    Richard McDermott, of Greatford, will tackle the 240-mile challenge to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

    Press Release

  • Chris Hayward and his daughter Emma
    Fundraising cyclist inspired by relatives' RAF service

    Sgt Chris Hayward jumped at the chance to take part in his first ever fundraiser and raise cash for the RAF's leading welfare charity, the RAF Benevolent Fund.

    Press Release

  • The Channel swimmers
    Channel swimmers hope to splash the cash for charity

    Gary Hewett, Julian Gallivan, Laurence Kemble and Jacqui O'Reilly will team up to swim the 25 miles across the Channel from Dover to Calais and just a few weeks later Gary and Julian will cycle in the opposite direction from Paris to London!

    Press Release

  • A battle in Britain skies
    The fight for air supremacy

    Germany's underestimation of the strength of the RAF's fleet of fighter planes proved to be key in fight for air supremacy during the Second World War.

  • Air Vice-Marshal Sir Keith Park
    Air Vice-Marshal Sir Keith Park: A portrait

    While Sir Hugh Dowding controlled the RAF's air defence in the Battle of Britain day to day, it was Keith Park who controlled it hour by hour.

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