Bomber Command veteran Dennis Wiltshire was only 18 years old when he served in the World War II. In this blog he tells us why he's decided to leave a legacy to our charity.
Over 70 years ago, I was one of the young men sent to serve with Bomber Command to defend Britain from Hitler. I was 18 years old.
55,573 young airmen lost their lives, while thousands like me were injured but survived. We were all so young and so many of my friends did not come back from those missions to try to stop the war. That is why I was pleased to see the unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial in London to remember the RAF servicemen that were killed.
The RAF was an important part of my life. So too was the RAF Benevolent Fund. Why? Because they are looking after World War II RAF veterans who find themselves in difficulty today while also assisting younger ex-RAF and serving personnel whose lives have taken a hard turn.
They gave me a monthly grant to help with the basics which was a lifesaver. More recently, they helped me get a wonderful electric wheelchair and now I can go to the shops again. I can get out in the fresh air, I can keep going. And that's why I have put a gift in my Will to the RAF Benevolent Fund.Everyone has their own reason for putting a gift in their Will to this charity. For me it's to help someone else in the RAF family, veteran or serving as I have been helped by the Fund.
By Dennis Wiltshire, Lancaster Bomber Sgt, WWII
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