Group Captain Mike Neville
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Group Captain Mike Neville served in the RAF for 26 years and enjoyed a varied career that centred on the C130 Hercules, operations and the Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood. The pinnacle of his RAF career was command of RAF Lyneham. Mike joined the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund in March 2012.

Entries by Group Captain Mike Neville

From Armstrong Whitworth FK3s to the Mighty Fat Alberts, 47 Squadron Mark Their Centenary

(0) Comments | Posted 1 March 2016 | (13:37)

This year marks 100 years of distinguished service for an RAF Squadron very close to my heart - 47 Squadron, which, while based at RAF Lyneham, I had the pleasure of commanding.

Almost from the very beginnings of the Squadron's proud service it has operated in far flung corners...

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With Our Unending Gratitude for the Few

(0) Comments | Posted 15 September 2015 | (00:00)


As the nation commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain this week and we honour those RAF veterans who, as Churchill said, "cast a glittering shield" to protect Great Britain, the RAF Benevolent Fund and its generous supporters worldwide...

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VJ Day; Remembering the Bravery and Sacrifice 70 Years On

(0) Comments | Posted 13 August 2015 | (10:18)


The 70th anniversary of VJ Day allows us as a nation the opportunity to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms today and to share their stories for future generations to hear.

When I hear the stories of veterans I...

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Seventy Years on and Still Delivering Humanitarian Aid

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2015 | (12:56)


It is perhaps rather fitting that an RAF C17 is heading out on a humanitarian mission to earthquake-stricken Nepal on the 70th anniversary of one of the first humanitarian operations carried out by the RAF.

Operation Manna took place towards the end of...

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Squadron Leader Les Munro and His Extraordinary Gift

(0) Comments | Posted 4 March 2015 | (14:21)


In an incredible act of generosity the last surviving Dambuster pilot, Squadron Leader Les Munro, has decided to auction his medals in tribute to the comrades he lost during the Second World War.

Les' generosity is inspiring. His selfless donation could raise in...

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Crossing the Falklands for RAF Families

(0) Comments | Posted 12 February 2015 | (09:36)

As director of fundraising and strategy at the RAF Benevolent Fund, I am always amazed at the lengths our supporters go to in order to raise the funds that help us support the RAF family.

This week, a group of businessmen embarked upon an arduous 124km yomp across the Falklands...

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The Words No Commander Wants to Hear

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2015 | (20:07)

30 January, 2015, marks ten years since Hercules C130K XV179 was shot down over Iraq killing all ten crew.

It was Sunday, 30 January 2005 and I was at home with my wife and two daughters. At the time I was the Squadron Boss of 47 Squadron based at...

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Remembering the Christmas Truce, 100 Years On

(0) Comments | Posted 22 December 2014 | (19:57)

With Christmas just a few days away, we have been overwhelmed by the massive support for our very first Christmas single 1914 The Carol of Christmas. Stephen Fry, Sir Cliff Richard, Bear Grylls, Boris Johnson and a host of other celebrities have been tweeting about it to their army of...

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The Battle of Britain and the Debt We Owe

(0) Comments | Posted 12 September 2014 | (10:37)

It was young men behind the controls of RAF Spitfires who bravely flew over the burning East End and towards danger in the harrowing summer months of 1940, repelling Hitler's Luftwaffe and saving Britain from invasion.

Seventy-four years on, the heroism and sacrifice of these young men is the...

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D-Day From Above: The Stories of RAF Veterans

(0) Comments | Posted 6 June 2014 | (00:00)

Imagine the sites and sounds of the D-Day invasion. The noise deafening, with the injured adding to the overall cacophony. The concussive thumps of heavy munitions, the fear of making it through the day, the noise of large calibre rounds passing close by, the wet, the cold soaked adrenaline, and...

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70 Years on From the Dambuster Raid

(1) Comments | Posted 15 May 2013 | (13:15)

This week, we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the celebrated Dambusters raid, one of the most daring operations carried out by the RAF during WWII.

On the evening of May 16th 1943, after just two months of preparation, 133 hand-picked airmen, in 19 specially adapted Lancaster bombers set out on...

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Bomber Command Memorial Ranked London's Top Tourist Site

(0) Comments | Posted 14 November 2012 | (15:21)

This week, the Bomber Command Memorial at Green Park was voted London's most popular tourist attraction according to Trip Advisor. This is a really poignant moment for everyone who supported the five-year project to erect a Memorial to the 55,573 men who lost their lives serving in Bomber Command, and...

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