Online storytelling campaign marks centenary of the RAF

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) has launched an online storytelling campaign to mark the centenary of the RAF and the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 2020. 

The StoryLines campaign celebrates the achievements of service personnel and invites user to post stories about life in the RAF, either of their own or from their relatives.

So far more than 100 stories have been uploaded to the site which has been arranged into a timeline from 1914, when the RAF was yet to be formed from the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, to present day.

The timeline highlights major events and dates for the history of the RAF including the formation in 1918, the Battle of Britain in 1940 and the invasion of Iraq in 2008.

Started in an effort to preserve the stories of RAF personnel, the campaign hopes to allow the charity to communicate with the public in an ever-changing digital landscape.

Credit @RAFBF on Twitter

It is a long-term project that will run during the RAF centenary activities, the RAFBF centenary in 2019 and the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 2020.

The timeline allows users to like and comment on posts, opening up the lines of communication for veterans, their families and those currently serving. Stories can also be shared via social media from the site.

The campaign is just one of many to mark the centenary of the RAF. Earlier this month the #RAF100 Aircraft Tour saw 37,000 come to see aircrafts in Manchester while the red arrows toured the country before heading to Majorca to continue the commemorations.

Keep up with centenary events on social media using #RAF100.

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