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  • Charles Clarke
    "The trouble with prison life is that we were all very young people. It seemed an age for us"

    Former PoW Charles Clarke tells us what life was like for the prisoners at Stalag Luft III during World War Two.

  • Books donate royalties- Escape from Stalag Luft III Vanderstock front cover.jpg
    Proceeds from Great Escape books to be donated to the Fund

    To mark the 75th anniversary of the Great Escape which will be commemorated next month, the Greenhill Books will be donating 15% from the sale of four historical books to the RAF Benevolent Fund.  

  • Jack Lyon
    "Our aircraft had been observed liked a great torch in the sky'"

    Former Flight Lieutenant Jack Lyon was just 23 when he joined the RAF as an Aircraftman. He entered Stalag Luft III, the scene of the Great Escape, in 1942 when it opened and was later moved to the north compound, home to the tunnels 'Tom' , 'Dick' and 'Harry'.

  • Jez Poulter
    Former Tornado aims high for RAF Benevolent Fund

    A runner inspired by the loss of colleagues during his RAF career will run the Cambridge Half Marathon next month in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

  • Charles Clarke and his crew
    "It was every boy's ambition to join the Air Force"

    Former Flight Lieutenant Charles Clarke was 20 years old when he was shot down over enemy territory serving in Bomber Command. He was captured whilst trying to flee to safety in Switzerland and imprisoned in Stalag Luft III during the time of the Great Escape. Charles shares his recollections of life in the RAF and as a PoW in Stalag Luft III.

  • Tornado
    A final farewell to the Tornado

    As the Tornado is retired from the RAF this month, the Fund's very own Tom Cruise aka Area Director Baz Dale looks back on his RAF career which included four tours on this fearsome aircraft.

  • Sarah Cotman and Lucy RAF Benevolent Fund Valentines
    Thank goodness for decent florists (and a very understanding wife!)

    In the final blog of our series celebrating love in the RAF, Sarah Cotman shares how love had to be put on hold when duty called. Thank goodness for modern communications and a bit of patience!

  • Greg_Coles_RAF_Benevolent_Fund_Valentines
    Even oceans apart this couple have stayed together

    A love of motorbikes blossomed into love for each other for this RAF couple. All this week the RAF Benevolent Fund is celebrating love in the RAF Family. In this guest blog, Greg Coles, an RAF Engineering Officer and Co-Chair of the RAF LGBT+ Freedom Network, tells us how he met the love of his life.

  • Carla and Jessica Robinson RAF
    "Through all our adventures in life together"

    In the second of our series of blogs celebrating love in the RAF, Carla Robinson shares her story of a wedding in the Welsh countryside which had to wait while the couple travelled the world.

  • Derek and Sandra Bradshaw
    Valentine's special: Derek and Sandra

    During the coming week, the RAF Benevolent Fund will be celebrating the season of love with a series of blogs reflecting on the love in the RAF Family. In this first edition RAF veteran Derek Bradshaw shares his love for his wife, commuting by motorcycle to visit her, and the RAF!

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