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World War Two

  • Battle of Britain 80 Anniversary Lightshow Tribute RAF Benevolent Fund
    80 years on, radar tribute highlights that it was more than the flying few who won the Battle of Britain

    On this Battle of Britain Day, the RAF Benevolent Fund is shining a spotlight on the unsung heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice 80 years ago.

  • Allan Scott tribute
    Spitfire ace Allan Scott – a tribute

    All at the RAF Benevolent Fund are saddened to hear of the passing of one of the last Spitfire aces of the Second World War, Squadron Leader Allan Scott DFM.

  • Peenemunde raid
    Peenemünde raid – 77 years on

    Seventy-seven years ago one of the lesser known but perhaps most important Bomber Command raids of the Second World War took place. The raid on Peenemünde, credited with saving thousands of lives, was to strike at the heart of Nazi research into the destructive V weapons.

  • VJ Day 75 RAF Benevolent Fund RAF veteran
    The end of war and the start of a lifetime of love: VJ Day for one RAF veteran

    Delays in repairs left RAF veteran Arthur Northfield strip washing over a sink before the Fund stepped in to provide a grant to replace his boiler.

  • Squadrons that took part in the battle of britain
    The squadrons that took part in the Battle of Britain

    The Battle of Britain is remembered as an extremely important air campaign fought over southern England in the summer and autumn of 1940. It was initiated by Adolf Hitler as part of his plans to gain air supremacy and invade Great Britain.

  • Dunkirk evacuation
    How the Battle of Dunkirk unfolded

    The Battle of Dunkirk took place between 26 May and 4 June 1940 in Dunkirk, a small town on the northern coast of France. The Allies had been losing the Battle of France on the Western Front and the now-renowned Battle of Dunkirk saw Allied forces defend and seek evacuation from Dunkirk as the German forces closed in. As part of a dangerous and daring rescue operation, around 338,000 British Expeditionary Forces (BEF) and other Allied troops were evacuated.

  •  Mechanics servicing the engine of a Hawker Hurricane I of 501 Squadron
    The RAF's hard battle to support the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk

    During the Second World War, a myth began to circulate that the RAF did not do enough to protect the troops that were trapped on the beaches and the fleet of vessels trying to evacuate them.

  • Dunkirk evacuation
    The RAF's vital role in the Dunkirk evacuation

    On 26 May 1940, Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered the start of Operation Dynamo – the evacuation of more than 330,000 Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk during WWII. RAF Fighter Command began to operate patrols from Boulogne to Dunkirk and the operations were to continue for the next nine days during the evacuation.

  • A flight 219 Sqn RAF Catterick 15 August 1940
    Tribute to Terry Clark DFM

    We are saddened to hear Battle of Britain veteran Terry Clark DFM passed away yesterday. Terry was one of two remaining air crew, The Few, who took to the skies in the summer of 1940 to defend Great Britain against Nazi invaders. 

  • Jan Zumbach
    The Polish ace pilot who took the fight to Germany

    By the end of the Battle of Britain the Poles had developed a fearsome reputation in combat, with 303 Squadron claiming the highest number of victories despite only joining the battle halfway through. We must never forget the incredible sacrifice those men made to protect our skies, men like 303 Squadron Commander Jan Zumbach.

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