Cumbrian war hero honoured with Lancaster bomber flypast

A Cumbrian World War Two hero was honoured with a personal flypast by a Lancaster bomber to celebrate his 89th birthday.

Harry Dobinson, of Monks Close, Penrith, survived 30 missions as a rear gunner on the planes – a job where 56 out of every 100 airmen were killed. He was saluted by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at Carlisle Airport on Saturday.

He was due to be taken on a tour of the plane by Squadron Leader Al Pinner MBE, but poor weather forced it to return to base in Blackpool. Nonetheless, he said, just seeing it brought back memories … More