August 15 marks Victory over Japan Day – the end of all hostilities in the Second World War. While peace arrived in Europe in May 1945, those fighting in the Far East continued until Japan’s surrender in the wake of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs.
On this site you can learn more about VJ Day and hear from RAF veterans who survived the conflict in our series of exclusive blogs. You can also watch our video interview with former RAF ground crew engineer Ron Short who describes the moment he knew the war was finally over.
After surviving the Blitz as a teenaged boy, there was only one thing on Fred Hammond's mind when he turned 17 – join the RAF!
For some Victory in Japan was a more muted celebration, in contrast to the jubilation of Victory in Europe Day. WAAF air woman Joan Fraser tells her story.