Learning of his daughter's cancer diagnosis confirmed Sqn Ldr Phil Holdcroft and his wife Beth's worst nightmares. Their youngest daughter Isla now had a gruelling fight on her hands to overcome leukaemia and endure the aggressive treatment that would follow.
For Phil Hallam, 28, loss is something he has been struck with twice in his relatively short life. The passing of his mother and then later his brother was devastating, but when Phil received a letter along with a cheque from the RAF Benevolent Fund, it eased some of those initial financial pressures.
For David competing in RideLondon was a poignant challenge, undertaken in memory of his parents who served with the RAF.
Mary Perry met her husband Jack after he was severely burned when his Halifax bomber crashed in 1944. Mary saw past his injuries to marry the handsome 19-year-old Flight Engineer 66 years ago. She tells us why she saw past the disfigurements when others struggled.
At 22-years-old, Robert 'Mac' Mathieson was left blinded when his Lancaster's windscreen suddenly exploded. Due to the nature of Mac's injuries, he was treated by the pioneering plastic surgeon Archibald McIndoe, becoming one of his 'guinea pigs.'
Flight Sergeant Ali Fisher of RAF Marham, is no stranger to physical feats. This year however sees her completing a year of challenges, all in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund and The Royal British Legion.
Guinea Pig Jan Black was 20-years-old when he arrived in Belfast on a freighter carrying meat, provisions and 180 volunteers from Buenos Aires. His dream was to become an RAF pilot. Two years later, the only survivor of a plane crash, he was left fighting for his life with terrible burns.
After being diagnosed with Stage 4 terminal prostate cancer in the autumn of 2014, Martin made the brave and inspirational decision to take on a 100km trek, all in aid of charity.
When his Halifax bomber exploded Guinea Pig Jack Perry suffered 80 per cent burns to his hands, face, and ears. Jack dedicates a large part of his recovery to Sir Archibald McIndoe and 'the town that didn't stare'.
At 88 years old, John Miles is the only remaining post war Guinea Pig. In 1951, John was on a basic training exercise when the Harvard he was flying crashed and caught fire. Due to the nature of his injuries, John was treated at East Grinstead Hospital, where he met Sir Archibald McIndoe.