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World War Two

  • Vera Clachers with air cadet Samantha Terry
    Second World War WAAF veteran presented with medal at Edinburgh Castle reception

    This month ninety-five-year-old Vera Clachers received her war medal, 73 years after it was awarded to her, at our annual reception held at Edinburgh Castle.

  • Stan Hartill
    Remembering our RAF veterans

    This Remembrance Sunday we will remember all those we have lost in war but we will also remember those who have passed away this year.

  • Peenemunde raid
    Peenemünde raid – 75 years on

    Seventy-five years ago one of the lesser known but perhaps most important Bomber Command raids of the Second World War took place. The raid on Peenemünde, credited with saving thousands of lives, was to strike at the heart of Nazi research into the destructive V weapons.

  • Winston Churchill
    Winston Churchill's support for the RAF Benevolent Fund

    One of the most vocal advocates for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Sir Winston Churchill, is the focus of a new film released today.

  • Ruth Theaker
    "Leading the way for women in the RAF"

    When the WRAF was formed in 1918, Ruth Theaker was one of the first to sign up. In this blog, part of our Women at War 100 series, her grandson David Rainford tells her story.

  • Gladys Wissett
    "We were stronger than the Germans!"

    For 96-year-old Gladys, a call-up to the WAAF in 1940 was her chance to help the war effort.

  • Art of Diplomacy
    The Art of Diplomacy: Brazil in WWII

    Marking the Royal Academy of Arts' 250th anniversary and the Royal Air Force centenary, an exhibition in London, hosted by the Embassy of Brazil will celebrate the almost-forgotten multifaceted role of Brazil during the Second World War.

  • Roald Dahl
    Roald Dahl: His RAF career

    13 September is Roald Dahl Day, a day celebrating the ever-popular author's birth. Roald Dahl served in the RAF during World War Two as a pilot, which inspired his story about the troublesome 'Gremlins'.

  • Operation Pedestal
    75th anniversary of Operation Pedestal

    It's 1942, the Second World War rages on and Malta is under siege. The small Mediterranean island had been bombarded for almost two years by enemy forces keen to control this strategic post.

  •  Mechanics servicing the engine of a Hawker Hurricane I of 501 Squadron
    The RAF's hard battle to support the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk

    The story of the Dunkirk evacuation hits the big screen next month in a new film. During the Second World War, a myth began to circulate that the RAF did not do enough to protect the troops that were trapped on the beaches and the fleet of vessels trying to evacuate them.

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