Our people

The Royal Air Force is an inclusive employer which supports and values difference. Our people are as varied as the roles they fulfil.

Here’s a selection of our personnel from around the RAF. 

Photo of (Retired) Air Commodore Charles Clarke OBE

(Retired) Air Commodore Charles Clarke OBE

(Retired) Air Commodore Charles Clarke OBE was in the RAF between 1941-1978 serving 37 years. He spent time as a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft 3, known from the film, The Great Escape, and survived The Long March of January 1945.

Tom North standing next to a vehicle

SAC Tom North

Tom North is a driver for 2 Mechanical Transport Squadron. Tom assisted the local emergency services during Storm Emma to provide his driving skills to help nurses and medical staff to get to where they needed to be. 

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Flt Lt Elizabeth Herbert

Elizabeth Herbert is a Captain for one of the Voyager aircraft in 101 Squadron. Herbert pilots the aircraft on a range of tasking such as Air to Air Refuelling of other RAF aircraft.

Image by SAC James Skerrett
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Sgt Eddie Raffles

Eddie Raffles is the most travelled bear in the RAF flying in RAF Benson's Chinook and Puma. Eddie is completing his own log book and will be raffled off once he has finished his RAF flying career. 

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Flt Lt Simon Phillips

Simon Phillips is a Junior Engineer Officer (JEngO), from RAF Coningsby. As the JEngO, he leads 45 aircraft technicians to ensure the availability and airworthiness of the aircraft on Exercise Red Flag.

Image by SAC James Skerrett
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SAC (T) Lauren Cassin

Lauren is an Aircraft Technician (Mechanical) at RAF Coningsby. Currently, on Exercise Red Flag, she ensures all aircraft are ready to meet the daily flying programme.

Image by SAC James Skerrett
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Cpl Kimberly Springhall

Kimberly is an RAF Nurse based at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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SAC (T) Lewis Mayers

Lewis is an Aircraft Technician (Mechanical) who provides serviceable components for Puma helicopters which enables rapid deployments like on Op Ruman.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Fg Off Ellie Deakin

Ellie, a Flight Operations Officer, joined the RAF for a career that would give her new challenges every day and is also a STEM Ambassador, inspiring young people across the country.

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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Cpl Richard Retallick

Richard and Riki, his Military Working Dog, help provide security for RAF Benson.

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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Flt Lt Emma Spencer

Emma is an RAF Nurse in the Cardiac Department at the OU Hospital. Emma was part of the Tactical Medical Team conducting worldwide Aeromedical Evacuations.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Cpl Peter Harper

Peter always wanted to be a firefighter and joined the RAF​ in 2005. He's worked in some of the harshest of environments and is proud of helping to change lives.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Chanel Walker

Chanel is a Surface Finisher and enjoys her job as part of a small team that conducts a full Puma aircraft repaint.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
Photo of Sgt Luke Noyle

Sgt Luke Noyle

Luke, an Air Traffic Controller, completed trade training last year and has already looked after Puma, Chinook and the Red Arrows.

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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Pte Romeo Rokomaiqisa

Romeo is part of the [Military Provost Guard Service] who provide 24/7 security. Originally from Fiji, he joined the British Army in 2003 and has completed tours in Afghanistan as well as public duties at Buckingham Palace.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Pte Oliver Murden

Oliver Murden is a British Army driver with the Royal Logistics Corps, trained to drive and maintain all Army vehicles whatever the conditions or weather. He joined the RAF Benson team in 2016.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Jacqueline Paxton

Jacqueline worked as a carer for many years, and for the past 17 years has been one of the essential team members working tirelessly behind the scenes.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
Photo of SAC Jacob O'Keeffe

SAC Jacob O'Keeffe

Jacob qualified as an RAF supplier last year and works in the Technical Stores. He represents the RAF in football and cross country and has also completed an overseas expedition to the Grand Canyon.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Cpl Alexander Copas

Alexander is a Weapons Technician who has worked worldwide with aircraft including Puma, Chinook, Typhoon and Hercules.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
Photo of Revd (Sqn Ldr) Philip Corrigan

Revd (Sqn Ldr) Philip Corrigan

Philip is Chaplain at RAF Benson and provides support to all, regardless of faith.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
Photo of SAC Matthew Wickens

SAC Matthew Wickens

Matthew, an Engineer on 230 Squadron maintains Pumas. He has taken part in inspirational activities such as taking supplies to a Kenyan orphanage while on detachment.

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke

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