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  • Rose Davies
    Celebrating inspirational RAF service this International Women's Day

    To mark International Women's Day 2018 we share the story of RAF Benevolent Fund beneficiary Rose Davies. Like so many of her generation, Rose doesn't think her story is worth telling but the 101-year-old WAAF veteran is modestly underplaying her vital role in the D-Day landings and the two honours she received as a result.

  • Gherkin climbing team
    RAF personnel scale their own urban mountain

    In the first attempt of its kind, three RAF personnel scaled the 837 steps of London’s iconic Gherkin skyscraper 50 times, to match the height of the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest.

  • King George meeting 617 Squadron
    King George VI visits 617 Squadron

    This archive footage records the visit of King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth to 617 Squadron at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire.

  • A Lancaster
    That's a hell of a thing to ask

    Dambusters bomb-aimer, Johnny Johnson, explains the difficulties of dropping bombs at low heights and how they led to the introduction of spotlights on the aircraft.

  • Bouncing bomb under a Lancaster
    Any fool can invent something

    Mary Stopes Roe, the daughter of the inventor of the bouncing bomb, Barnes Wallis, tells of her father’s views on how an invention is meaningless without the people prepared to put it into action.

  • Johnny Johnson
    My bomb-aimer's gonna get married!

    Dambusters veteran, Johnny Johnson, explains how the raid very nearly postponed his wedding – permanently!

  • Air Vice-Marshal Ralph Cochrane
    Guy Gibson gets his orders

    Air Vice-Marshal Ralph Cochrane became Commander of 5 Group in Bomber Command in February 1943 and one of his first tasks was to organize the Dambusters raid.

  • Ann Simons and Air Commodore Mark Gilligan
    A secret mission to Oman leads to holidays on the South Coast

    For former WRAF nurse Ann Simons of Peterborough, a secret mission to Dhofar in Oman, was so covert she had no idea her service meant she should be awarded a medal.

  • Michael Redgrave as Barnes Wallis in the film The Dam Busters
    Michael Redgrave as Barnes Wallis in the Dam Busters film

    Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the bouncing bomb, was played by Michael Redgrave in the 1955 film The Dam Busters. Barnes' daughter Mary, tells us more.

  • Reenactors at launch of 75th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid
    23ft Lancaster Bomber cockpit 'lands' at Royal Albert Hall to launch 75th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid

    On 26 February 1943 – 75 years ago today – the Royal Air Force's most daring operation of the Second World War, Operation Chastise was given final approval by the Air Ministry. This later became known as the legendary Dambusters Raid.

    Press Release

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