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  • Nik Bartram generations
    "My great-grandfather was one of the first to join the Royal Air Force"

    For one family, the Royal Air Force's centenary isn't just a national celebration – it's a very personal one. For them, 1 April 1918 marked the beginning of four generations of service.

  • First Great Escape
    Running to remember great-granddad's Great Escape

    At midnight on 23 July 1918, 2nd Lieutenant Jock Tullis of the Royal Flying Corps tunneled out of and escaped the prisoner of war camp of Holzminden, Germany. Now, 100 years on, in the Royal Air Force's centenary year, Jock's great-grandson James Dean and his father Paul, are recreating the Great Escape by running the very same route taken from Germany to Losser in the Netherlands.

  • Pete Ashcroft aboard Voyager
    The RAF100 flypast from a very different perspective

    As thousands looked to the skies over London for the RAF100 flypast earlier this month, two RAF Benevolent Fund staff members had a very different view. Our Welfare Projects Executive Pete Ashcroft explains.

  • Luke Delahunty at Westminster Abbey
    "A day to remember and a day to be proud"

    RAF Benevolent Fund beneficiary Luke Delahunty joined Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family at a Westminster Abbey service to celebrate the RAF's centenary earlier this month. In this guest blog, he tells us about his day.

  • Stan Hartill
    Remembering the man who helped keep the Spitfires in the sky

    Stan, who has died aged 97, was always humble about his contribution to the war effort, insisting he was 'just doing his job' but we remember his bravery and selflessness.

  • Tia Carter
    RAF youngster to perform Coin Toss at Wimbledon Ladies' Final

    Eleven-year-old Tia Carter will represent the Royal Air Force and the RAF Benevolent Fund when she takes part in the Coin Toss Ceremony on Centre Court today.

  • Mike and Dave Waring
    RAF100 represents a century of service for one RAF family

    The Royal Air Force's centenary is a moment to celebrate for all RAF personnel. But for one serviceman there is more cause for reflection – his family has been a part of the service for almost as long as it has existed!

  • RAF100
    RAF100: The finale

    This Tuesday, thousands of spectators gathered in London to watch the thrilling finale of the Royal Air Force's centenary celebrations, culminating in a 103-aircraft flypast.

  • David Murray
    "My mission in Sierra Leone topped the Royal Wedding"

    You may think having organised a 3,000-strong Diamond Jubilee Parade for Her Majesty the Queen or attending the wedding of a future King would be the highlight of anyone's RAF career. Not so, for RAF Benevolent Fund Controller Air Vice-Marshal David Murray being part of a dangerous mission to Sierra Leone will be remembered as his RAF100 'centenary moment'.

  • Ben Murphy races in Budapest
    Success in Budapest for Blades Racing Team

    RAF Benevolent Fund Ambassador Ben Murphy steered the Blades Racing team to an excellent result in the fourth round of the Red Bull Air Race in Budapest.

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