Around 200 people have attended the funeral of a Bomber Command veteran who died alone with no known family in a Hull care home last month.
95-year-old Derrick Allaway served with RAF Bomber Command after volunteering in June 1939 as war was looming. He served as ground crew and specialised in fitting wheels and tyres to bombers, initially working on Fairey Battle light bombers at RAF Hucknall before postings to Canada and to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire.
The RAF Association says the call for mourners to attend his funeral has highlighted the need to make sure those who gave so much for their country do not live and die in loneliness or isolation.
The charity, which supports the RAF family, is now piloting a new Befriending Service in Lincolnshire, the location for many current and former RAF airfields.
The scheme is due to launch nationwide in March, and the Association is appealing for volunteers to help it to succeed.