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  • Bouncing bomb under a Lancaster
    The Briefing

    Most of the aircrew from 617 Squadron on the famous Dambusters raid of 16/17​ May 1943 did not know the targets they would be heading for until the day of the raid itself.

  • Lancaster Bomber
    Roy Chadwick and the Lancaster bomber

    Most people who know anything about the RAF in the Second World War say that "Roy Chadwick's role is greatly under-rated". He's not the household name that Barnes Wallis or Guy Gibson became, yet his contribution to the war effort in general was immense.

  • 617 Squadron aircrew
    617 Squadron takes shape

    Wing Commander Guy Gibson faced the immense logistical task of forming a new squadron and getting them trained and operational in just a couple of months before the Dambusters raid.

  • Upkeep diagram
    Barnes Wallis and the idea behind the bouncing bomb

    Barnes Wallis came up with the idea for a bouncing bomb that could be used to target strategic dams in 1942. His idea formed the basis of the Dambusters raid that took place in May the following year, causing major damage to two out of the three targets selected.

  • Guy Gibson
    Wing Commander Guy Gibson

    As the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raid approaches, we chart the life of Wing Commander Guy Gibson who led 617 Squadron on Operation Chastise.

  • The winners of our RAFBF Awards 2017
    Shortlist announced for 2018 RAF Benevolent Fund Awards

    The RAF Benevolent Fund has announced the shortlisted nominees for our sixth annual awards. The winners of nine award categories will be revealed at a special ceremony, on 7 June in London.

  • Soldiering On winners
    Luke crowned People's Choice winner at Soldiering On Awards

    After weeks of anticipation, RAF Benevolent Fund beneficiary and former RAF Gunner Luke Delahunty, was named the Soldiering On People's Choice winner last Friday.

  • RAF Benson Community Primary School pupils reading the Cloud Nine book series
    Unique wellbeing books aimed at RAF children launched at RAF Benson

    A new series of books aimed at improving the mental health of the RAF Family has been launched at RAF Benson Community Primary School.

  • Johnny Johnson
    "We weren't going to use any of the training that we'd had for the previous six weeks"

    Johnny Johnson, bomb-aimer in 617 Squadron on the night of the Dambusters raid on 16 and 17 1943, reveals how their training with the bouncing bomb was not going to be relevant with the target that they had been assigned.

  • The RAF Triathlon team with the baton at Princess Marina House.
    RAF Triathlon team of six conquer 106 miles with RAF100 baton

    Tide, hills and 106 miles were overcome by a team of six RAF triathletes to deliver the RAF100 baton to the RAF Benevolent Fund's Princess Marina House on Sunday.

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