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The Aircrew Association Archive Trust dissolved as a charity on 30 June 2020.

Nevertheless, the ACA Archive at the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington will endure and continues to welcome contributions.

The Archive exists to record memories and memorabilia of military aircrew and to make sure that key material is carefully preserved and available for research and display.

Please think carefully before discarding any relevant material and consider offering it to the Trust.

See the Trust page for details of how to make contact with the ACA Archivist, who will be delighted to assist.

26 March 2012

All change at the RAF Benevolent Fund

Air Marshal Sir Robert Wright, Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF), the RAF’s leading welfare charity, will retire in July this year. Sir Robert is succeeded by Air Marshal Chris Nickols, until recently Chief of Defence Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence.

Air Marshal Sir Robert Wright leaves after five years at the charity, during which time he has overseen the introduction of a new charitable object, the renovation of the RAFBF headquarters in London and the highly successful development of the charity’s £24 million Airplay Youth Support Project for children and young people in RAF families.

Air Marshal Nickols joins the RAF Benevolent Fund after 35 years service in the Royal Air Force. He flew Jaguars in Germany for nine years and among other positions was Station Commander at RAF Lossiemouth, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations) and Chief of Defence Intelligence.

The RAFBF has also appointed a new Chief of Staff. Wing Commander Ernie Bohm leaves the position in April after 14 years at the charity, to be replaced by Group Captain Mike Neville. Group Captain Neville is leaving the Royal Air Force after 26 years service, which included time as Station Commander at RAF Lyneham.

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity, providing financial, practical and emotional support to all members of the RAF family. We are here for serving and former members of the RAF, as well as their partners and dependants, whenever they need us. We help members of the RAF family deal with a wide range of issues: from childcare and relationship difficulties to injury and disability, and from financial hardship and debt to illness and bereavement.

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