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Commemorating bravery of WW2 Catalina Pilots on 80th anniversary

July 17 2024 marks the 80 years since Victoria Cross (VC) decorations were awarded to Catalina pilots Flt Lt John Cruickshank and Flt Lt David Hornell. To commemorate…

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D-Day 80: The History of Operation Taxable

Operation Taxable was a key component of the broader deception plan, known as Operation Bodyguard, carried out by the Allies during the D-Day landings in June 1944. It…

An illustration depicting Stalag Luft III PoWs testing out the escape tunnel. The image is from the booklet 'The Great Escape Stalag Luft III - From the original drawings made by Ley Kenyon 1943'.

Marking the 80th anniversary of The Great Escape

This March marks 80 years since The Great Escape in 1944. To mark the occasion, Second World War and aviation historian Steve Darlow visited the former prison camp in…

Sybil Piper in front of Strongest Link Garden

Women’s History Month: “My top secret and demanding job at RAF Medmenham during WW2”

This Women’s History Month, we want to celebrate the contributions women have made throughout history in the RAF. We spoke to Sybil Piper, who served in the Women’s…

3 March 2024
Attendees gathered at RAF Chapel for the service

Honouring Marshal of the Royal Air Force Hugh Trenchard

On 8 February 2024, the RAF Chapel hosted the annual memorial for Marshal of the Royal Air Force Hugh Trenchard, 1st Viscount Trenchard, the ‘Father of the RAF’.

12 February 2024
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Dambusters 80th anniversary: My father’s role in the Dambusters Raid and how the Fund has supported me

Robert ‘Bob’ Henderson joined 617 Squadron when it was established in 1943, recruited as a Flight Engineer, to become part of the historic Dams Raid.  We spoke with his…