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  • Operation Varsity
    Commemorating Operation Varsity

    On 24 March 1945, thousands of troops and thousands of aircraft took part in one of the largest-scale operations carried out during the Second World War. Soldiers and airmen combined to implement Operation Varsity and disrupt German defences to aid the advance of Allied ground forces. Flying Officer Bunny Mason, 91, remembers his role in the mission.

  • RAF veteran Les Munro
    Last Dambuster pilot Les Munro accepts £75,000 Ashcroft medals offer

    Les Munro, the last surviving Dambusters pilot, has accepted Lord Ashcroft's offer to donate £75,000 to the RAF Benevolent Fund in return for gifting his decorations and medals to a museum in his native New Zealand. Mr Munro's decorations and medals will now not be auctioned.

    Press Release

  • Afghanistan Service of Commemoration
    Remembering the RAF personnel who served in Afghanistan

    On Friday a service of commemoration was held at St Paul's Cathedral to mark the end of UK involvement in the conflict in Afghanistan. RAF Benevolent Fund Ambassador, Jacqui Thompson, whose husband Gary, was killed while serving with the RAF Regiment in Afghanistan was there and tells us about the day in this blog.

  • Jimmy and Jeanne Corbin
    I will be thinking of both my mum and dad this Mother's Day

    Margot Corbin's father, Flight Lieutenant Jimmy Corbin DFC, was the last of the 10 Battle of Britain Spitfire pilots, known as Churchill's 'The Few'. Jimmy sadly passed away in 2012 but the RAF Benevolent Fund has supported Jimmy's wife, Jeanne, who suffers from Alzheimer's. 

  • Adam Bruerton receives his MBE
    It's an MBE for a Northolt Youth Volunteer

    It was New Year unlike any other for Senior Aircraftman Adam Bruerton, who was named an MBE recipient in the New Year Honour List 2015 for his work with RAF Northolt youth. 

    Press Release

  • Advice and Advocacy Service
    New Advice and Advocacy Service launched

    On 1 April 2015 a new important piece of legislation will come into force. At the RAF Benevolent Fund, we have launched a new Advice and Advocacy Service to provide members of the RAF family with advice to help them the benefits and care they're entitled to. Charlotte Bull, our Care Services Advocacy Executive, explains more.

  • RAF veteran Les Munro
    Statement from Les Munro on the auction of his medals and log books

    We are enormously grateful to Les Munro for the donation of his medals and logbooks, which will help the RAF Benevolent Fund preserve the Bomber Command Memorial and the legacy of Bomber Command, so that the sacrifices made by these brave young men will not be forgotten.

    Press Release

  • XV(R) Squadron
    XV(R) Squadron makes fundraising pledge to mark centenary

    The sky's the limit for airmen serving on one of the RAF's oldest squadrons as they prepare to mark their centenary year. Personnel at RAF Lossiemouth have pledged to raise £15,000 in celebration of the Squadron's XV moniker.

  • Andrew McMaster
    Andrew signs up for our Brompton Bike Challenge

    Helicopter pilot Andrew McMaster will be getting on a Brompton bike this September to take part in our exciting Brompton Bicycle Challenge from Paris to London. In this guest blog, Andrew tells us why he wanted to enter the event.

  • Yompers
    Yomping the Falklands for RAF families

    Some of the roughest terrain in the Falkland Islands was no match for 11 members of the 'April Fools Club', as they trekked 120km through peat bogs and over mountains to raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

    Press Release

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