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  • April Fools Club members
    Cyclists' tribute to Dambusters mission

    This May a group of cyclists will echo the journey taken by 19 Lancasters 75 years ago when they set off the Dambusters raid.

  • Mary Stopes Roe
    He showed us how you could skim stones

    Mary Stopes Roe, the daughter of Barnes Wallis, described in an exclusive interview with the RAF Benevolent Fund how her father taught her and her sister and brothers to skim stones on the Dorset coast before the war.

  • Barnes Wallis
    Barnes Wallis – before Chastise

    Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the bouncing bomb that was used in the Dambusters raid Operation Chastise, was born in Derbyshire in 1887.

  • Freya Williams ready to take on London Marathon 2018
    My advice: Never enter the ballot after wine!

    For 24-year-old Freya Williams of Greenwich, taking on the London Marathon this year means so much more to her than ticking something off her bucket list. It's a chance for her to honour her Great Uncle, who served in Bomber Command.

  • Barnes Wallis
    Barnes Wallis and the Christ's Hospital bursary fund

    Mary, the daughter of Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the bouncing bomb, tells the story of how her father created a bursary for the children of RAF personnel killed in service.

  • Vernon Byers
    Vernon Byers: failed to return

    Canadian Pilot Officer Vernon Byers was the pilot of Lancaster 'K for King' on the night of May 16, 1943 as 617 Squadron launched its assault on the Ruhr dams.

  • Padre Michael Chatfield
    Penguin Padre tackles Falklands Marathon

    RAF Chaplain, Padre Michael Chatfield has certainly gone the extra mile to raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Not only has he decided to run the race in a penguin outfit, he had to extend his time on the Falkland Islands to do it!

  • Johnny Johnson
    Flying at 100ft: "It was tremendously exhilarating"

    Johnny Johnson, bomb aimer in 617 Squadron on the Dambusters raid, describes his experience during the raid's dangerous low flying training in a recent and exclusive interview with the RAF Benevolent Fund.

  • 617 Squadron aircrew
    "We were not allowed to tell anybody anything"

    Johnny Johnson, one of the last remaining aircrew who flew in 617 Squadron's Dambuster raid, explained in a one-off interview with the RAF Benevolent Fund about the strict secrecy of information that was enforced by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, during the training that preceded the raid.

  • An RAF serviceman helps to push a car through the snow
    Heroes don't always wear capes - sometimes they arrive in 4x4 vehicles!

    Some of the RAF's finest swept to the aid of those worst affected by the incredible snow and ice brought by the Beast from the East earlier this month.

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