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World War Two

  • Operation Exodus
    WWII veteran remembers Op Exodus on its 70th anniversary

    Operation Exodus, which began 70 years ago on 3 April, was launched to evacuate these men safely in one of the RAF's first humanitarian missions. Veteran Dave Fellowes describes what it was like to take part.

  • Operation Varsity
    Commemorating Operation Varsity

    On 24 March 1945, thousands of troops and thousands of aircraft took part in one of the largest-scale operations carried out during the Second World War. Soldiers and airmen combined to implement Operation Varsity and disrupt German defences to aid the advance of Allied ground forces. Flying Officer Bunny Mason, 91, remembers his role in the mission.

  • Late Battle of Britain veteran Bob Foster
    "Goering underestimated the strength and resilience of Fighter Command"

    The late Wing Commander Bob Foster gives his reasons for why the RAF ultimately defeated the Luftwaffe in the skies above Britain.

  • Nigel Rose
    The Spitfire was "something out of this world"

    In an exclusive interview with the RAF Benevolent Fund, Spitfire pilot and Battle of Britain veteran Squadron Leader Nigel Rose reveals his feelings about flying the Spitfire.

  • Late Wing Commander Bob Foster
    "We flew into the evening sun when the East End was burning"

    The late Hurricane pilot Wing Commander Bob Foster describes to us how he and his squadron (605) joined the Battle on one of its most decisive days.

  • Nigel Rose
    "We were issued with revolvers and about 15 rounds"

    Battle of Britain veteran Squadron Leader Nigel Rose recalls the atmosphere in Britain following the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk in June 1940.

  • Battle of Britain veteran Nigel Rose
    "There was a hell of a bang and a crash"

    Spitfire pilot and Battle of Britain veteran Nigel Rose, tells us about one of his closest shaves in the Battle.

  • Late Battle of Britain pilot Bob Foster
    "Life went on as normal during the Battle"

    The late Wing Commander Bob Foster reveals how although fighter pilots were treated like heroes, life went on as usual for everyone as the Battle raged in the skies above them.

  • Lee Wrake
    Remembering the veterans of D-Day

    Sergeant Lee Wrake joined the RAF at the age of 19. On 6 June 1944 he landed on Omaha Beach, and after saving a man who was hit in the stomach, he himself was hit in the chest by shrapnel. 

  • "What a sight it was to look down and see so many boats, like a giant armada!"

    Flying Officer Bunny Mason, 90, was a lone rear gunner on the Stirling Mk 4, which was specially adapted for D-Day to tow gliders over the Normandy beaches. The British Airspeed Horsa glider was used to transport paratroops and equipment, hundreds landing within just a few square kilometres once they were released.

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