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  • East Grinstead statue
    The town that didn't stare

    Crucial to the recovery of many of Sir Archibald McIndoe's Guinea Pigs was the ability to walk freely into the local community without fear. Many had suffered horrific burns and disfigurements but Sir Archibald was determined that these young airmen would not be hidden away from public gaze.
     

  • Aston Martin Cambridge limited edition V12 Vantage S
    Aston Martin Cambridge supports the RAF Benevolent Fund with limited edition V12 Vantage S

    To mark the 80th anniversary of the Supermarine Spitfire's first flight, Aston Martin Cambridge has commissioned a limited edition collection of eight V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 models.

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  • Desmond O'Connell
    "They asked my mother where they should bury me"

    Flying Officer Desmond O'Connell was just 19-years-old when he joined the RAF as a Volunteer Reserve before the war started. Aged 21, his unit was sent to sink the Bismarck, a mission that would see him become one of the founding members of The Guinea Pig Club.

  • Shirley and her fundraisers
    Fawley Fundraiser raises over £800 in sixth year of supporting the Fund

    Shirley McDonald, a long time supporter from Hampshire, tells us of her most recent fundraising efforts, and why the RAF Benevolent Fund is her charity of choice.

  • Thanking our trust supporters
    Thanking our trust supporters

    Since 2010, more than 100 trusts, foundations, livery companies and other grant-making organisations have contributed around £3.5 million to the RAF Benevolent Fund.  

  • Garden of Remembrance at MOD Lyneham
    Garden of Remembrance opens at MOD Lyneham

    Group Captain Mike Neville, Director of Strategy and Fundraising at the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, tells us about the recent opening of the MOD Lyneham Garden of Remembrance.

  • Ben Elephant joins children at RAF Lossiemouth to celebrate The Queen's 90th birthday
    Youngsters from RAF Lossiemouth mark The Queen's 90th birthday

    To mark HM The Queen's 90th birthday, over 50 children at RAF Lossiemouth attended a special party in her honour.

  • Members of 12 Squadron at an airfield
    Eyes in the sky

    Reconnaissance – the ability to gather information on enemy forces – was catapulted into the modern era during the First World War with advances in aviation and photography.

  • DH.2 aircraft
    A Victoria Cross on the first day of battle at the Somme

    Having paid for his own flying lessons just three years before the Battle of the Somme, Welshman Lionel Rees had no idea what lay ahead of him on the first day of the battle.

  • 25 Squadron FE.2b
    The danger of flight

    Serving as aircrew in the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) was one of the most dangerous roles in the First World War. Aviation was still a very new science, training was minimal, safety systems were basic to non-existent, and the aircraft themselves incredibly basic and fragile.

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