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World War Two

  • 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. 

  • Why the men of Bomber Command must never be forgotten

    Before any troops even set foot on the beaches on 6 June 1944 Bomber Command had already lost almost 300 aircraft and 2,000 men (1,500 killed) attacking invasion targets. Wing Commander John Bell MBE tells us about the significant contribution made by the RAF and Bomber Command in D-Day and why it must never be forgotten.

  • "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.

  • Spearheading the attack on Fortress Europe

    Spearheading the attack on Normandy was just the start of Geoff Packham's extraordinary experience as the end of the war approached.

  • "Abandon aircraft chaps"

    Navigator John 'Jack' Lott had just celebrated his 25th birthday weeks before D-Day, sadly this was the last birthday he would celebrate.

  • Jack Lyon and other RAF personnel
    "Something's afoot!"

    Former Flight Lieutenant Jack Lyon, 96, was 25 when he entered Stalag Luft III's north compound. He became involved in the Great Escape after being moved from the east to the north compound but, he says, escape information was strictly on a 'need to know' basis and he had no idea how truly audacious the plan was.

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