On 29 April 1945 the RAF launched Operation Manna to deliver food and supplies to the starving Dutch people. The mission was launched in the last days of the Second World War after German occupation and the consequences of War in Europe had left the country without food or provisions.
In our second blog to mark the 75th anniversary of Operation Manna, we take a look at one of the more recent humanitarian aid missions undertaken by the RAF. Record rainfall last August had left a dam in Derbyshire in danger of breaching its defences, threatening a town below. Within hours of receiving the call, a Chinook was on site, dropping tonnes of gravel to shore up the defences.
Seventy-five years ago today a group of young pilots and their crews began a series of daring raids which saved a starving nation. The Op Manna food drops over the Netherlands became one of the first humanitarian aid missions undertaken by the Royal Air Force in the dying days of the Second World War.