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World War Two

  • Jack Lyon
    "The game is up"

    As the PoWs began to escape through the tunnel on the night of 24 March 1944, it was a long wait for the late Jack Lyon as he stood in the queue in Hut 104. In an interview, Jack told us about that historic night and the eventual discovery of the tunnel by the guards.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Roald Dahl
    Roald Dahl: His RAF career

    13 September is Roald Dahl Day, a day celebrating the ever-popular author's birth. Roald Dahl served in the RAF during World War Two as a pilot, which inspired his story about the troublesome 'Gremlins'.

  • Operation Pedestal
    75th anniversary of Operation Pedestal

    It's 1942, the Second World War rages on and Malta is under siege. The small Mediterranean island had been bombarded for almost two years by enemy forces keen to control this strategic post.

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