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Wing Commander Archie Boyd †

Archie-Boyd

Wing Commander Archie Boyd, who has died aged 95, flew during the Battle of Britain and was later one of the RAF’s most successful night fighter leaders. Read his obituary on the Telegraph.

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Lieutenant ‘Flash’ Allen †

Lieutenant ‘Flash’ Allen, who has died aged 92,  was a fighter pilot who saved British wartime convoys in the Bay of Biscay and en route to Murmansk and was twice decorated for gallantry. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Australian pilot posthumously awarded US Silver Star after 72 years

A B-25 Mitchell being refuelled. (Photo USAF)

On July 26, 1942, Flying Officer Mobsby and four American crew took off from Port Moresby to attack Japanese flying boats at Gasmata, New Britain. Their B-25 Mitchell was shot down by Japanese fighters, killing all on board. All the American crew members were posthumously awarded the American Silver Star, but F/O Mobsby was left …

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Dennis Kirby †

Dennis Kirby, who has died aged 90, was a wartime Seafire pilot then colonial officer who later built towns in Scotland. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Flight Lieutenant Ian MacLennan †

Flight Lieutenant Ian MacLennan was a Spitfire pilot who applied his duck-shooting skills to destroy seven enemy aircraft during the Siege of Malta. Read his obituary on the Telegraph’s website.

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Lieutenant-Commander Don Ridgway †

Lt-Cdr Don Ridgway was a Fleet Air Arm observer who helped cover the Arctic convoys and survived the sinking of the carrier Dasher. Read his obituary on the Telegraph.

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Group Captain Ronnie Churcher †

Group Captain Ronnie Churcher was deputy to Guy Gibson, hero of the Dam Buster raid, on the fateful mission in which Gibson was killed. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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B-25 “Tondelayo” leased to Jimmy Doolittle Air & Space Museum Education Foudation

The North American B-25J Mitchell 44-28932 “Tondelayo” has been leased by the Collings Foundation to the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum Education Foundation. Source

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Nose of Comet Mk 2 saved by volunteers

The nose section of the world’s only surviving Comet Mk 2 airliner has been saved by the Boscombe Down Aviation  Museum. Source

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Ron Clark †

Ron Clark was a pilot whose Lancaster, Phantom of the Ruhr, was one of just 35 – out of 7,373 – to survive 100 flights in the war. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Wing Commander Jimmy Flint †

Wing Commander Jimmy Flint was a bomber pilot who, uniquely, won two gallantry awards for his actions on a single hellish flight. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Air Commodore Peter Merriman †

Air Commodore Peter Merriman was a Spitfire pilot who flew alongside Douglas Bader as Fighter Command went on the offensive over France Source: The Telegraph

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Spitfire Mk IX flies again in Biggin Hill

The Spitfire Mk IX TD314 made its first post-restoration flight in Biggin Hill on Saturday, December 7. Source

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War hero’s funeral plea attracts hundreds

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the funeral of a war veteran they never knew after he died with no close friends or relatives around him. Read the full article on the BBC’s website.

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Squadron Leader Tony Iveson †

Squadron Leader Tony Iveson was a decorated pilot of both Spitfires and Lancasters who campaigned on behalf of his fallen comrades. From Wikipedia: Thomas Clifford “Tony” Iveson DFC AE (11 September 1919 – 5 November 2013) was a Royal Air Force pilot and veteran of World War II, and one of The Few. Born and …

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