• RAFAKidz celebrates fifth birthday
    April 2, 2024 | News

    In 2024, the RAF Association is celebrating the five-year anniversary of RAFAKidz. The Association created RAFAKidz in 2019 to help the RAF overcome a wide range of childcare issues that were impacting negatively on the serving RAF community.  The RAFAKidz story ...

  • Lockheed Martin announces continued support for RAFA Rides
    March 25, 2024 | News

    Global defence technology company, Lockheed Martin, has announced its continued support for the RAF Association’s annual global cycling event, RAFA Rides. Lockheed Martin has supported RAFA Rides since 2019, making this the sixth year that the company has been the headline ...

  • Remembering John Bell
    March 19, 2024 | News

    All of us here at the RAF Association are deeply saddened by the death of Wing Commander John Bell MBE DFC LdH, aged 100. John has been a resident at one of the RAF Association’s retirement complexes since 2004.  John was ...

  • 10 things you (possibly) didn’t know about the Great Escape
    March 4, 2024 | News

    This month marks the 80th anniversary of the Great Escape, when 76 Allied prisoners of war broke out of Stalag Luft III, a prisoner of war (POW) camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Three escape tunnels, named Tom, Dick and Harry, had been ...

  • Make your mum feel special this Mother’s Day
    February 26, 2024 | News

    Mother’s Day (Sunday 10 March) is the perfect opportunity for us to show the special women in our lives what they mean to us, be they our mums, step-mums, grandmas or carers. The RAF Association has a fabulous new range of ...

  • “What do you know about Sierra Leone?”
    February 2, 2024 | News

    Chris Thorpe on peacekeeping in Sierra Leone with the United Nations Chris Thorpe joined the RAF in June 1983 as a University Cadet and left in November 2020 as a Wing Commander. In addition to Sierra Leone, Chris found himself on ...

  • RAF Association supporters recognised in New Year Honours list
    January 30, 2024 | News

    We’re thrilled that two long-term supporters of the RAF Association have been recognised in the King’s New Year Honours list. Air Commodore Alan Opie, who serves as a Trustee with the Association, has been named Commander of the Order of the ...

  • Holocaust Memorial Day
    January 26, 2024 | News

    An eyewitness account - to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2024  During the Allies’ final advance in 1945, the RAF Regiment’s Norman Board was in Germany when his unit was tasked with helping at a newly liberated concentration camp. “I cannot remember ...

  • “Every regiment had a kind of witch doctor”
    January 24, 2024 | News

    Dr Tim Mitchell on his posting with the Gurkhas Tim Mitchell joined the RAF in 1978 on a medical short-service commission and stayed until 1986. He then became a GP partner in Bristol and still works part time. His service with ...

  • Remembering Irene Kemp
    January 16, 2024 | News

    The RAF Association was sad to learn of the recent passing of Irene Kemp, aged 101. In 1941 Irene joined the RAF as a plotter and was stationed in Swansea. Her sweetheart Philip served on Lancaster bombers and in 1942 was ...

  • Christmas shopping made easy
    December 6, 2023 | News

    Christmas is a time to show your loved ones how much you care, and the RAF Association’s exclusive range of wonderful gifts means you can make your family and friends feel truly special this festive season. Watches An ...

  • Recovering the fallen
    November 8, 2023 | News

    Shortly after Germany’s surrender to the allied forces in 1945, the RAF Regiment’s Norman Board was in Germany when he heard that anyone able to speak basic French and use a typewriter was wanted in southern France. As a qualified shorthand ...