Droitwich veteran relives his wartime memories in a Lancaster bomber

Droitwich veteran relives his wartime memories in a Lancaster bomber

Droitwich veteran Keith Harding returns to his old seat in a Lancaster bomber. SP

Droitwich veteran Keith Harding returns to his old seat in a Lancaster bomber. SP

First published in News

A DROITWICH veteran marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day with a trip to the Lincoln Aviation Museum Centre in Lincolnshire where he had the chance to return to his familiar seat in a Lancaster bomber, seven decades after he had worked as a radio operator in the RAF.

89-year-old Keith Harding, signed up for the Royal Canadian Airforce in 1941, joining the 424 Squadron as a radio operator on a Lancaster Bomber plane, and making more than 30 missions during the war, flying over Berlin, where he recalls barrage balloons.

Family friend Geoffrey Woodbury said: ?He hadn?t sat in a Lancaster for 60 years, and they treated him like royalty. He loved it. He burst into tears. He had a lovely, very emotional time.?

Mr Harding also paid a visit to RAF Digby, where he was presented with a book signed by wing commander Sam Watts, as appreciation for his service to the country.

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