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A life remembered

Paying tribute to his grandfather, George, has made RAF Benevolent Fund supporter Nigel Palmer even more proud of his wartime service.

George Palmer standing by his plane

Nigel got in touch with the Fund to share his grandfather's remarkable life story as this year marks a special anniversary. A pilot during the First World War with the Royal Flying Corps, the Royal Air Force's predecessor, he was captured by the Germans in 1917 and held prisoner until his repatriation after the war.

Nigel set up a Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund online tribute to honour his grandfather's story and life.

Nigel said: "As this year marked the 100th anniversary of my grandfather's capture I wanted to mark it as special. I wanted to both celebrate and pay tribute to my grandfather's life. I also thought it would be very appropriate to include a donation to the RAF Benevolent Fund, a cause that supports all members of the RAF Family, past and present. I find it really appealing that through my grandfather's tribute he is, in a way, helping other airmen.

"Setting up the tribute fund was very simple. I was able to easily upload photographs and set up a timeline, telling my grandfather's story. It has given me a new insight into what made him into the man I knew and loved. He never talked about what he went through, even to my father, but it was an experience that stayed with him throughout his life.

"It has made me and my family very proud to be able to share his life with others."

Read more about George.

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