In the week before the land battle began of the Battle of the Somme, the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) had been tasked with maintaining air superiority, gathering reconnaissance, and directing the British artillery bombardment of the German front line.
The Battle of the Somme began on 1 July 2016, as thousands of British troops climbed out of their trenches and into the barbed wire and machine gun fire of No Man's Land. But for the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), the predecessor of the Royal Air Force, the battle had begun a week before.
Today marks the fourth anniversary of the unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial. We held a special service at the memorial on Sunday 26 June to mark this anniversary and were joined by more than 25 Bomber Command veterans who paid their respects to their fallen comrades.
Last Friday, the well dressed crowds gathered for Day Four of Royal Ascot and unofficial Armed Forces Day, which proudly supports the three leading military charities.
When the late Dambusters pilot Les Munro sold his precious medals to help maintain the Bomber Command Memorial we were inundated with messages of thanks from all over the world, which we turned into a book of gratitude.
Air Vice-Marshal David Murray appointed as the new Controller of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, Controller, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity has been appointed the new Controller (Chief Executive position) of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
Pedalling her way to the finish line, our Regional Fundraiser for Scotland Zee Fletcher took on the Edinburgh Night Ride for the Fund.
Warrant Officer Anita Prior recently left the RAF following a successful 38 year career. She was thrilled to learn she would be ending her service by attending the Patron's Lunch to mark Her Majesty The Queen turning 90.
The RAF Benevolent Fund's very own Brooke Harrison-Davies debuted this Angela Bruce Millinery creation at this year's Armed Forces Day at Ascot.
Some will know Jack Perry as the youngest member of The Guinea Pig Club, but to his son, Andrew Perry, Jack is his mentor, friend and above all else, Dad!