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VE Day

    8 May 1945 marked the end of World War Two in Europe. Read our exclusive blogs and interviews with RAF veterans who took part in the celebrations.

    Visit rafbf.org/ve-day to learn more about Victory in Europe Day.

  • Crowds celebrate VE Day in 1945
    "Everybody was happy!"

    VE Day celebrations were in full swing by the time RAF veteran Frank Tolley arrived home. The former Warrant Officer was on leave in Lincoln when he heard the news.

  • Iris Dabbs
    A conga line down the High Street heralded peace in Essex

    Seventeen-year-old Iris Dabbs was sent straight to the train station when VE Day was announced on May 8, 1945. After 18 months in Dumbarton, Scotland, she and her family were excited to be able to return home.

  • Derek Lovell celebrated his birthday on VE Day
    Derek Lovell celebrated a birthday he will never forget in the run-up to VE Day

    Typhoon fighter pilot Derek Lovell received the best present of all on 5 May 1945, when Germany announced its surrender to the Allied forces on his 23rd birthday.

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