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This month marks the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918. The RAF have planned a summer of events that will rightly ‘Commemorate, celebrate and inspire’.
While it’s true to say that the RAF have been involved in some of the pivotal moments in British history, it’s also true that as an organisation, they’ve clearly got an immensely important role to play today and tomorrow. Indeed, as a Service-leaver, you too could be part of that, as the RAF pushes ahead with recruiting for Reservists.
SSAFA is celebrating 100 years of the RAF. SSAFA has been around since 1885 and has supported the RAF since their formation in 1918. They started providing RAF Personal Support and Social Work in 1990.
New services to support the emotional well-being and mental health of RAF personnel are being launched this year by the RAF Benevolent Fund.
The RAF’s leading welfare charity is expanding its partnership with Anxiety UK to cover serving RAF men and women as well as those who have left the service. This includes both regulars and reservists, as well as their partners.
On 26 February 1943 – 75 years ago – the Royal Air Force’s most daring operation of the Second World War, Operation Chastise was given final approval by the Air Ministry. This later became known as the legendary Dambusters Raid.
To launch the 75th anniversary of the raid a 23ft original Lancaster Bomber cockpit was displayed outside the Royal Albert Hall alongside presenter Dan Snow, Sir Barnes Wallis’ grandson Jonathan Stopes-Roe, historian and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Barnes Wallis Foundation, Paul Beaver and re-enactors in Second World War RAF uniform.