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  • 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!

  • Community Engagement Worker RAF Benevolent Fund
    RAF Benevolent Fund launches new community scheme to help isolated RAF veterans

    Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk have been selected as pilot locations for a new project aimed at supporting RAF veterans who face loneliness and isolation. We're launching a Community Engagement Worker scheme to help older RAF veterans get involved in their local communities.

    Press Release

  • Jo Lancaster ready to cut the cake on his 100th Birthday
    RAF Bomber Command veteran turns 100

    On Monday 4 February 2019, RAF veteran John Oliver 'Jo' Lancaster celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by friends, family and his comrades from Bomber Command at Princess Marina House in Rustington.

    Press Release

  • Air Vice-Marshal David Murray inspects the Memorial
    Well-wishers donate more than £20,000 for Bomber Command Memorial repairs

    Public reaction to the vandalism of Bomber Command Memorial has been overwhelming with support flooding in from around the world.

    Press Release

  • Graham Duncan
    When 'wheelchair friendly' isn't always wheelchair friendly

    Booking a holiday should be a happy and stress-free experience. But what happens if the holiday you were sold is nothing like the one in the brochure? Former Flight Sergeant Graham Duncan tells us about his experiences with this very issue.

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