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World War Two

  • A WWII veteran bestows his 'special' watch to the memory of his fallen comrades

    On 30 May 1949, John Oliver 'Jo' Lancaster DFC made aviation history by becoming the first pilot to eject from an aircraft in an emergency situation using a Martin-Baker ejection seat - since then, Martin-Baker ejection seats have saved over 7,420 aircrew lives worldwide.

  • Sad loss of Polish WWII pilot

    Sadly, World War II Polish pilot, Tony Rogers has passed away. Tony had an incredible life and flew Lancasters, Spitfires and Wellingtons during the War. In later life he became a keen supporter of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

  • Battle of Britain Sunday

    Last Sunday, 15 September, some of the few surviving veterans of the Battle of Britain gathered at Westminster Abbey for the annual service to remember the courage and sacrifice of The Few.

  • A Battle of Britain pilot remembers

    Squadron Leader Tony Iveson DFC served in the RAF during the Battle of Britain, and then went on to fly Lancasters with Bomber Command. Tony tells us more in this blog.

  • Remembering the 55,573

    Flight Sergeant Ronald Thorpe served in the RAF from 1943-1947 as a mid upper gunner on Lancaster bombers. Ronald attended the unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial on 28 June – he tells us more in this blog.

  • Supporting veterans in their time of need

    The RAF Benevolent Fund always aims to find the most effective way to support the RAF family. Sometimes we work with partner charities such as hospices. One of our regional directors, Paul Hewson, tells us more.

  • Paying tribute to a Bomber Boy

    Donald Hodge served in the RAF as a mid upper gunner on Lancasters from 1943-44. He passed away in December 2011. His son, also Donald, is attending the unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial to pay tribute to him and all those who gave their lives during the war.

  • The black briefcase

    Richard Kornicki CBE is chairman of the Polish Air Force Memorial Committee, which was formed this year to continue the remembrance of the Polish contribution to the war effort. Here he talks about his father, Franciszek Kornicki, the only surviving Polish squadron commander in the UK, and the great importance of remembrance.

  • Spitfire in a bog – message from the family

    If you've been following our blog you’ll already have heard about the Spitfire found in a bog in Ireland. Johnny McNee, a long time supporter of the RAF Benevolent Fund, got permission to excavate the site and recover the Spitfire.

  • Spitfire in a bog - part 2

    On Tuesday 28 June 2011 RAF Benevolent Fund supporter Jonny McNee began the excavation of a Spitfire from a mountain bog in County Donegal, Ireland, accompanied by aviation archaeologists, university surveyors and a TV production company. In Jonny's second post he tells us about what he found.

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