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Memorial for victims of Wellington Bomber crash

A Wellington Bomber and crew during the Second World War Credit: Melton Mowbray Wellington Bomber Memorial Appeal

A memorial will be unveiled today to the crew of a Wellington Bomber which crashed in Melton Mowbray 70 years ago.

The plane came down in a field and burst into flames off Saxby Road, during a training fright from Market Harborough on August 13, 1944

Victims of the Melton Mowbray Wellington Bomber crash Credit: Melton Mowbray Wellington Bomber Memorial Appeal

The accident resulted in seven out of the eight crew losing their lives, with the eighth crew member receiving severe burn injuries. Several local people from Melton were also injured in the rescue.

The unveiling follows a public fundraising appeal to raise £2500 pounds for the memorial, by the Melton Mowbray Wellington Bomber Memorial Appeal.

The dedication service will take place from 2pm outside CE Turners (Engineering) Ltd, Hudson Road, Saxby Road Industrial Estate.

RAF veterans share war stories with children's author

A Midland children's author will meet real Second World War RAF veterans as he prepares to release his debut book, based on the Battle of Britain.

Graham Jones will be at the air base in Cosford today, where he will discuss his story with five pilots - all in their 90s and who served in the war - including Battle of Britain survivor Ken Wilkinson.

The five veterans will discuss their war stories with Midlands-based children's author Graham Jones Credit: David Jones/PA

Mr Jones' first book, called Time Travelling Toby and the Battle of Britain, is aimed at encouraging young children to learn about the historic battle.

Mr Wilkinson will also be signing a copy of the book to be auctioned off for a charity chosen by the Air Crew Association.


Funeral for George Cross RAF veteran

The funeral of a Nottingham RAF veteran who survived more than 50 Second World War missions with Bomber Command is taking place today.

Jim Flint won the George Cross Credit: ITV News Central

Jim Flint died six months after celebrating his 100th birthday. He received the George Cross for rescuing a drowning colleague after their aircraft ditched into the sea off the Norfolk coast.

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Decorated bomber command hero passes away

One of the Second World War's most decorated airmen has sadly passed away after recently celebrating his one hundredth birthday.

Former Lancaster bomber Jim Flint always insisted that despite receiving many honours, including the George Medal, he was not a hero.

Jim Flint always insisted he was not a hero despite receiving the George Medal. Credit: ITV News

Last survivor of Second World War massacre dies

A war veteren from Birmingham, and the last remaining survivor of a Nazi atrocity from the Second World War, has died.

Bert Evans, from Stirchley, was one of the soldiers forced into a barn in France during the Second World War, and massacred. They were attacked with grenades, and then machine-gunned by the German Waffen SS.

Bert Evans (left) on a visit to London in 1994 Credit: ITV News Central

He was in the 2nd Battalion of the Warwickshire Regiment when the Wormhoudt massacre took place.

A total of 80 men died in the massacre. Mr Evans lost an arm in the grenade attack, and only survived because he was dragged from the barn by Captain James Lynn-Allen, who died during the escape.

Bert was then captured, spending four years in a prisoner of war camp, before he was repatriated.

He recently lived in sheltered accommodation in Redditch, and annually visited the barn in France, which is now a memorial site.

Mr Evans' funeral took place yesterday.


Bomber Command veteran celebrates bravery award

A war veteran who was told he did not qualify for a bravery award is celebrating after a change of heart by the Ministry of Defence.

90-year-old Andy Croxall, from Warwickshire, flew more than 20 operations over Germany.

Now the MOD's urging other Bomber Command veterans to appeal, if they believe they have been unfairly rejected.

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