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  • 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.

  • Wreath in tribute to airmen who died during the Dambusters raid
    Tributes paid to brave Dambusters raid airmen

    Today marks 75 years since the RAF's now legendary Dambusters set off on their audacious raid to destroy three German dams at the heart of the Nazi war machine.

  • Johnny Johnson
    "There was water everywhere – it went up to about 1,000 feet"

    Of the five aircraft sent to breach the Sorpe dam on 17 May 1943 during the Dambusters raid, only two reached their target. Despite bomb aimer Johnny Johnson's deadly accuracy, the bomb failed to breach the dam.

  • Lancaster Bomber
    The First Wave

    The 19 Lancasters of 617 Squadron that set off on the night of the Dambusters raid on 16 and 17 May 1943 flew in three waves. What was called the first wave actually took off second, but it comprised the main part of the raid, with nine aircraft, including that of the Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Guy Gibson.

  • 617 Squadron aircrew
    617 Squadron takes shape

    Wing Commander Guy Gibson faced the immense logistical task of forming a new squadron and getting them trained and operational in just a couple of months before the Dambusters raid.

  • Soldiering On winners
    Luke crowned People's Choice winner at Soldiering On Awards

    After weeks of anticipation, RAF Benevolent Fund beneficiary and former RAF Gunner Luke Delahunty, was named the Soldiering On People's Choice winner last Friday.

  • RAF Benson Community Primary School pupils reading the Cloud Nine book series
    Unique wellbeing books aimed at RAF children launched at RAF Benson

    A new series of books aimed at improving the mental health of the RAF Family has been launched at RAF Benson Community Primary School.

  • The RAF Triathlon team with the baton at Princess Marina House.
    RAF Triathlon team of six conquer 106 miles with RAF100 baton

    Tide, hills and 106 miles were overcome by a team of six RAF triathletes to deliver the RAF100 baton to the RAF Benevolent Fund's Princess Marina House on Sunday.

  • Jen Kelly
    How benefits changes could affect the RAF Family

    In the second of our new series of blogs, Welfare Benefits Advisor Jen Kelly outlines how changes in benefits and the Personal Independence Payment review could affect RAF veterans and personnel.

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