I met an amazing gentleman in a wheelchair at the Remembrance Day Parade. He had been a pilot during the war (Spitfires AND Hurricanes). His daughter asked if I would mind being photographed shaking his hand. Afterwards she said “You just made his day”. I was too amazed to say that the honour was entirely mine. I felt humbled to shake the hand of such an incredibly brave (and modest) man. Unfortunately, I don’t recall being given the gentleman’s name. I would dearly love to have a copy of the photograph, and to know who he was and learn more about his life, both during the war and beyond. Such people should not be forgotten. I wish I had more time available on the day, to spend with the family and just talk. I don’t know if he was local, or if he had travelled and was just visiting family. Hopefully someone will see this and let me know!
Flight Lieutenant RAFVR(T)
OC 447 (Henley-on-Thames) Squadron
Air Training Corps