In the early hours of 6 June 1944 thousands of Allied troops had begun landing on the beaches of Normandy in northern France at the start of a major offensive against the Germans. Sergeant Lee Wrake, 94, was a mechanic in the RAF, responsible for transporting vehicles on a landing barge, unbeknown to him at the time, loaded with radar equipment on to Omaha beach.
RAF chef Richy Hartley recently completed a trek to Machu Picchu to raise money for our work. In this guest blog, Richy tells us how the trek went.
Ninety-one year old Eric Reedman was a 21-year-old Leading Aircraftman with Advanced HQ, 80 Wing at the start of D-Day. Two days before D-Day he was posted to Old Sarum, Wiltshire, where his unit waited to make their way to Gold Beach.
A team at RAF Lossiemouth will be raising money for us this September by doing a 3000-mile motorcycle ride which will see them visiting various RAF stations across the UK.
East Renfrewshire MP Jim Murphy, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, has been clocking up hundreds of miles running around his constituency whilst preparing to run the Edinburgh marathon for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
John 'Jackie' Reid was a pilot with 605 Squadron at the time of D-Day. He and his Observer Ray Phillips and two other crews were put on special duties and directed to go to Caen on the night of 5/6 June to attack anti-aircraft guns and lights before the airborne troops went in. In an extract from his Operations Records book, John describes events of that night.
Flight Lieutenant Len Thorne was 24 at the time of D-Day. Although he did not fly over to the coast of Normandy, in an extract from his notes, Len describes the scene of watching aircraft taking off as part of the RAF's air operations.
John Hickson works in our Care Services team and has been working for the Fund since 2012. In this guest blog, John tells us more about his role.
A team from the RAF Medical Services are taking part in the Nightrider London cycle ride next month, a 100km moonlit cycle ride past London's iconic landmarks, to raise money for our work.
Last night the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund hosted a special event in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle. Prior to a moving Beat Retreat ceremony, performed by Royal Air Force Leuchars Pipes and Drums, the leading RAF welfare charity received cheques totalling over £100,000 from RAF Leuchars and Douglas Laing & Co.