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World War Two

  • 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.

  • Spitfire in a bog - part 1

    RAF Benevolent Fund supporter Jonny McNee is currently undertaking the first licensed excavation of a World War Two RAF aircraft from within the Republic of Ireland. The project is being filmed as part of a forthcoming three part BBC series – Dig WWII.

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