• “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 ...

  • Send your season’s greetings in style
    November 1, 2023 | News

    Spread a little Christmas cheer this year with our RAF or aviation-themed Christmas cards from RAFATRAD. For many of us, writing and sending cards to our friends, family and colleagues heralds the start of the festive season. These days, it’s so ...

  • Generous donations help members stay connected
    October 23, 2023 | News

    Generous donations from a UK charity Ulverscroft Foundation have ensured that members of the RAF Association who are visually impaired can remain connected with the wider RAF community. The Ulverscroft Foundation provides financial grants to organisations which help visually impaired people. ...

  • Remembrance Day: We Will Remember Them
    October 20, 2023 | News

    With Remembrance Day drawing near, the RAF Association has everything you need to mark the occasion – with profits from sales going to support members of the military community. Pins and badges Our collection of over 30 unique ...

  • Shona Brownlee our new Ambassador
    October 19, 2023 | News

    We are delighted to announce that Corporal Shona Brownlee MBE is joining our team of RAF Association Ambassadors. Corporal Brownlee is a Musician in the RAF Central Band. She is also a member of the RAF’s Elite Athlete scheme, part of ...

  • The ‘other’ great escape
    October 11, 2023 | News

    Stalag Luft III is infamous for the mass escape attempt which took place in 1943, where 50 prisoners of war were executed during what became known as the Great Escape.  Less well known is an equally daring escape which occurred 80 ...