Second World War Bomber Command veteran honoured

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A ninety-three-year-old Bomber Command veteran from Cumbria has been presented with the replica of a Second World War pilot's flying pencil.

Douglas Newham, from Calbeck, holds the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He was given the gift by the Derwent Cumberland Pencil Company as part of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

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RAF Bomber Command played a central role in the strategic bombing of Germany during the Second World War.

Over 360,000 operational sorties were flown and more than a million tons of bombs were dropped.

All pilots were given a pencil,a map, and a compass in case the aircrew were shot down.

Douglas Newham says the replica brings back a lot of memories.