A group of Sussex Bomber Command aircrew veterans were visited by a group of aircrew and ground personnel from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF).
The group travelled from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire to meet the veterans for a celebratory lunch at the Mid Sussex Golf Club in Ditchling this month.
The Bomber Command Aircrew Veterans’ Group comprised fourteen WW2 veterans who ranged in age from 90 to 98 years.
The BBMF group included squadron leaders Duncan Mason and Andy Millikin with flight lieutenant Tony Parkinson and a dozen members of the flight’s engineering team.
Cherry Greveson, PRO Bomber Command Aircrew Veterans Group, said: “The public are more familiar with the veteran aircraft – the Lancaster, the Spitfire and the Hurricane, perhaps, than the men who fly and maintain them.”
“The veterans told their stories of life in Bomber Command as very young aircrew flying the Lancaster and other heavy bombers during the dark days of World War Two, giving the young engineers an insight into life with these aircraft when they were all that separated the country from defeat by Nazi Germany.
“It was a wonderful opportunity for the marvellous team who fly and maintain these magnificent aircraft from our past to meet the men and women who flew and supported these same aircraft in our darkest hour.”
Veterans and BBMF mingled and talked aeroplanes at the event.