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Winston Churchill's support for the RAF Benevolent Fund

One of the most vocal advocates for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Sir Winston Churchill, is the focus of a new film released today.

Winston Churchill meets RAF personnel

The film Darkest Hour charts the days leading up to the Battle of Britain in 1940 during the Second World War, following the Prime Minister often hailed a wartime hero as he prepared to stand up to the might of Hitler and the Luftwaffe rather than negotiating for peace.

Gary Oldman takes on the role of arguably one of Great Britain's most famous politicians and has been tipped for an Oscar as critics laud his performance worldwide.

Having coined the phrase, "never in the field of conflict was so much owed by so many to so few", Churchill repeated these words when making an emotional appeal for support for the RAF Benevolent Fund, following the end of the Second World War.

In his appeal which was broadcast across the nation, he called on the nation to "pay a small measure of the debt we owe to the paladins of the Royal Air Force". He described the Fund as part of the nation's conscience, adding: "A nation without a conscience is a nation without a soul. A nation without a soul is a nation that cannot live."

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