Thanks to a grant from the RAF Benevolent Fund, autistic Yian now has support from specially trained assistance dog Coco.
There was no squadron quite like No. 601 Squadron at the beginning of the Battle of Britain. The squadron was wholly ordinary in some aspects but extraordinary in others.
On 18 August 2020, the RAF Falcons swapped their freefalling for ‘free running’ a distance of 85 miles in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund’s Hardest Day Challenge – a fundraising initiative to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
An 84-year-old man from Gillingham has recently cycled 11 miles on a MOTOmed exercise machine, raising almost £1,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity.
As the Battle of Britain wore on, the critical shortage of trained pilots became more and more apparent and In July 1940, the RAF announced it would form two Polish fighter squadrons.
The Queen’s Colour Squadron (QCS) pulled a BAe 146 aircraft to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The 25-man team, exclusively comprised of personnel from QCS, undertook the challenge of pulling the 28-tonne aircraft 1km along the runway at RAF Northolt, raising more than £1,000 for the Fund.
Seventy-seven years ago one of the lesser known but perhaps most important Bomber Command raids of the Second World War took place. The raid on Peenemünde, credited with saving thousands of lives, was to strike at the heart of Nazi research into the destructive V weapons.
The film Hurricane, which tells the tale of the bravery of the Polish Fighter Squadrons, was released in the UK in September 2018. Back then, inspired by the movie, we took a look at how the gallantry of these young men proved invaluable during the Second World War.
Delays in repairs left RAF veteran Arthur Northfield strip washing over a sink before the Fund stepped in to provide a grant to replace his boiler.
By the end of the Battle of Britain the Poles had developed a fearsome reputation in combat, with 303 Squadron claiming the highest number of victories despite only joining the battle halfway through. We must never forget the incredible sacrifice those men made to protect our skies, men like 303 Squadron Commander Jan Zumbach.