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  • Arthur John Banham with RAF colleagues
    The lucky Arthur John Banham

    Arthur John Banham joined the RAF in 1935 and at the start of the Battle of Britain flew the Boulton Paul Defiant.

  • Air Commodore Alan Christopher 'Al' Deere
    The lucky Kiwi

    Air Commodore Alan Christopher 'Al' Deere was a New Zealand Spitfire pilot and one of the RAF's leading aces during World War Two.

  • Battle of Britain veteran Stan Hartill
    "We knew we were fighting for our lives"

    RAF veteran Stan Hartill joined 609 Squadron aged 19 and was looking after Spitfires at Middle Wallop for one week when the Battle of Britain broke out.

  • RAF Uxbridge Battle of Britain re-enactment
    Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Breitling watch launched

    In tribute to the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Swiss watchmaker Breitling will donate a portion of each Navitimer wristwatch sale to the RAF Benevolent Fund.

  • Terence Stuttard
    Why I'm holding a Great British Sunday Lunch

    For Mike Evans and his family, hosting a Great British Sunday Lunch is a chance to remember his grandfather's wartime service and thank the Fund which helped them after his death.

  • Douglas Bader
    'Operation Leg' – a pilot unlike any other

    Douglas Bader was a Battle of Britain pilot unlike any other. Medically discharged against his will in 1932, the outbreak of the war was an opportunity for Bader to re-join the RAF and take back to the skies.

  • Flt Lt Eric 'James' Brindley Nicolson
    "Darling just got VC. Don't know why"

    With those simple words, telegraphed to his wife Muriel, Flight Lieutenant Eric "James" Nicolson downplayed the magnitude of his award.

  • Fred Hammond
    "I think they just said the war is 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!

  • Joan Fraser
    "War was finally over"

    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.

  • Chain home radar station
    Radar: Britain's secret weapon

    German pilots attacking from France often flew straight into a swarm of British fighters, who seemingly were waiting for the attack and deprived the enemy of the element of surprise.

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