'She was always so kind, she was lovely' - Captain Sir Tom Moore remembers Dame Vera Lynn
Captain Sir Tom Moore spoke warmly of the late Dame Vera Lynn on today’s Good Morning Britain, ahead of her private funeral.
Recalling her visit to troops in Burma, the war veteran told Ben Shephard and Ranvir Singh: "There she was, this lovely English girl… she was a great person to give us a lot more confidence and we were very, very pleased to see her."
Of recently receiving a letter from her regarding the millions he raised for the NHS he said: "I was absolutely thrilled to get a letter from Dame Vera congratulating me on the amount of money that we’d raised for my birthday. She was always so kind, she was lovely, I’ve always had a soft place in my heart for Dame Vera. It was very sad when she died."
He also spoke of the Battle of Britain as today marks its 80th anniversary: "It was a very difficult time. We were still getting cities bombed throughout the south of England. The Battle of Britain, which was in the air, trying to stop an awful lot of the German bomber planes… they were doing a very good job but they were having enormous casualties throughout, but they still continued fighting. I remember that we were all very concerned about the danger, the ability of our aircraft, and the survival of the pilots. Several of them were already getting killed and that was very, very sad."
"Although there was an awful lot of casualties, they still smiled on at the end of the day and I think that’s how we always have to be – tomorrow will be a good day," he added.
Allan Scott, one of the last surviving Spitfire pilots, also joined the show and said of continuing to fly a Spitfire: "I’m due to fly it [a Spitfire] next year on my 100th birthday. I flew a Spitfire when I was 97. You never forget to fly a Spitfire, it’s part of you."
His son Murray added: "We’re all thrilled to bits. I’m going to try and go up with him and fly together in formation, which will be fantastic."