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World War Two

  • Steve McQueen
    "Without the film, who'd remember the 50 who were murdered?"

    Of the 76 who escaped from Stalag Luft III, 50 were handed over to the Gestapo and shot dead. In this blog, former PoW Charles Clarke tells us how The Great Escape film has helped ensure that these men are never forgotten.

  • Jack Lyon
    "Our aircraft had been observed liked a great torch in the sky'"

    Former Flight Lieutenant Jack Lyon was just 23 when he joined the RAF as an Aircraftman. He entered Stalag Luft III, the scene of the Great Escape, in 1942 when it opened and was later moved to the north compound, home to the tunnels 'Tom' , 'Dick' and 'Harry'.

  • Jo Lancaster ready to cut the cake on his 100th Birthday
    RAF Bomber Command veteran turns 100

    On Monday 4 February 2019, RAF veteran John Oliver 'Jo' Lancaster celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by friends, family and his comrades from Bomber Command at Princess Marina House in Rustington.

  • Vera Clachers with air cadet Samantha Terry
    Second World War WAAF veteran presented with medal at Edinburgh Castle reception

    This month ninety-five-year-old Vera Clachers received her war medal, 73 years after it was awarded to her, at our annual reception held at Edinburgh Castle.

  • Stan Hartill
    Remembering our RAF veterans

    This Remembrance Sunday we will remember all those we have lost in war but we will also remember those who have passed away this year.

  • Peenemunde raid
    Peenemünde raid – 75 years on

    Seventy-five years ago one of the lesser known but perhaps most important Bomber Command raids of the Second World War took place. The raid on Peenemünde, credited with saving thousands of lives, was to strike at the heart of Nazi research into the destructive V weapons.

  • Winston Churchill
    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.

  • Ruth Theaker
    "Leading the way for women in the RAF"

    When the WRAF was formed in 1918, Ruth Theaker was one of the first to sign up. In this blog, part of our Women at War 100 series, her grandson David Rainford tells her story.

  • Gladys Wissett
    "We were stronger than the Germans!"

    For 96-year-old Gladys, a call-up to the WAAF in 1940 was her chance to help the war effort.

  • Art of Diplomacy
    The Art of Diplomacy: Brazil in WWII

    Marking the Royal Academy of Arts' 250th anniversary and the Royal Air Force centenary, an exhibition in London, hosted by the Embassy of Brazil will celebrate the almost-forgotten multifaceted role of Brazil during the Second World War.

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