For French woman Mdme Huguette Rouillard there was nothing better than an afternoon spent with her RAF friends. Hers was a passion which had begun as a girl growing up during the Second World War and endured for a lifetime.
After retiring from her job as a teacher in Canada and returning to her homeland, Huguette became involved with the Mailly-le-Camp Association, acting as their interpreter. She had witnessed the ill-fated raid on the German Wehrmacht training centre in 1944 when Bomber Command suffered heavy losses following a communications failure. Forty-two Lancasters were shot down with the loss of 258 airmen.
Huguette helped to found links with veterans of the raid and relatives of those who had lost their lives. She was also key to 101 Squadron re-establishing its association with the raid in the 1980s and supporting their visits to the memorial. She was awarded an Air Officer Commanding No.2 Group's commendation and certificates and awards of appreciation in recognition of her work.
Huguette was also invited to witness the re-formation of 101 Squadron equipped with Voyager aircraft in 2013, where she met the Princess Royal.
It is testament to her passion and commitment to the Royal Air Force that she should choose to support the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund with a legacy donation. The Fund is the RAF's leading welfare charity and counts the veterans of Bomber Command among its many beneficiaries. It is also responsible for the maintenance of the Bomber Command Memorial in London's Green Park.