Spitfire watch

Win a limited-edition Spitfire watch

This month, we’re thrilled to be giving away a Spitfire watch to one lucky RAF Memorial Flight Official Club member. The watch is a limited edition and worth over £200.

How to enter the ballot

All current members have been automatically entered into this month’s ballot. If you’re not already a member, please join the Club by 6th January 2019.

BBMF Christmas gift

Christmas gifts – please order by Tuesday 11th December

Looking for a Christmas gift for friends or family? A membership pack makes a great gift, it provides the first year’s membership for the RAF Memorial Flight Official Club and you’ll be directly supporting the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) by purchasing one.

You can buy a membership pack through Amazon or in the BBMF Visitor Centre’s shop. Alternatively, please call 01707 252705 and we can help you make a purchase by card or cheque.

Thursday 16th December 1943, RAF Bomber Command’s ‘Black Thursday’

Black Thursday 16th December 1943

Header image: As the Lancasters’ take-off time approached in the late afternoon of 16th December 1943 weather conditions were worsening and fog seemed likely, but was not forecast.

‘Black Friday’ is now a well-known phenomenon in the UK and America, with sales bargains galore supposedly on offer, but 75 years ago the word ‘black’ attached to a day of the week had an entirely different and tragic meaning. Thursday 16th December 1943 became RAF Bomber Command’s ‘Black Thursday’ when almost 300 RAF airmen lost their lives that night, half of them the victims of cruel British winter weather rather than enemy action.

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