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  • Cameron Tweedle and Ben Elephant
    Pedal power v air power to mark RAF's centenary

    A team of sailors will take on a team of RAF cyclists across a 100-mile course to mark the Royal Air Force's 100th anniversary, tomorrow.

  • The winners of our RAFBF Awards 2018
    High flying supporters recognised at RAF welfare charity's annual awards ceremony

    A celebration of supporters was held last night at the RAF Benevolent Fund's annual awards ceremony, in London.

  • Mary Stopes Roe
    Was the Dambusters raid a success?

    In an exclusive interview with Mary Stopes Roe, daughter of bouncing bomb inventor Barnes Wallis, we asked her for her thoughts on whether the Dambusters raid was a success.

  • Dennis Goodwin
    "Dennis' unstinting work made life easier for so many"

    The RAF Benevolent Fund would like to add its tributes to the many which have been paid to World War One Veteran's Association founder Dennis Goodwin.

  • Lancaster Bomber
    Melvin 'Dinghy' Young: failed to return

    Squadron Leader Melvin Young acquired the nickname 'Dinghy' after ditching in the sea twice and surviving both times in an inflatable dinghy.

  • Lancaster Bomber
    The Prisoners of War

    Fifty-six men from 617 Squadron who carried out the Dambusters raid on 16 and 17 May 1943 failed to return and all were presumed dead. Three, however, managed to make miraculous escapes and were subsequently taken prisoner.

  • Sophie Bole
    Running for the Reds

    When the tragic news broke about the death of Red Arrows Engineer Corporal Jonathan Bayliss, Sophie Bole was so moved she decided to take action.

  • Robert Urquhart
    Robert Urqhuart: failed to return

    Canadian Flying Officer Robert Urqhuart was the navigator for Squadron Leader Henry Maudslay's Lancaster on the night of Operation Chastise, the Dambusters raid of May 16/17, 1943.

  • A Lancaster
    The Third Wave

    The third and final wave of the five aircraft attack as part of the Dambusters raid set off after midnight. They were used as a reserve force that would be directed to targets where the earlier waves had failed to achieve their objective.

  • Les and Patricia Campsie on their wedding day
    "Counselling rescued me from a very dark place"

    After 60 years together, 57 of them married Les Campsie knew he'd lost his soulmate when his wife Patricia passed away a year ago. Devastated and bowled over by his grief, RAF veteran Les turned to the RAF Benevolent Fund for help.

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