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Former Lancaster bomber, Bill Webb, from Minster, has had the 70th anniversary of his first mission marked by the Sheerness Royal British Legion

26 February 2014
by Emma Grove

The 70th anniversary of a Lancaster bomber crew man’s first qualifying raid has been marked by the Royal British Legion.

Bill Webb, a born-and-bred Islander, was a flight engineer for three years in Bomber Command and completed his tour with 31 missions.

The 92-year-old, who lives in Minster, was given a memento on Monday, 70 years to the day that he did his first raid in 1944.

Former Lancaster Bomber Bill Webb with the book he was presented with

Former Lancaster Bomber Bill Webb with the book he was presented with

He was presented with a book about Bomber Command by chairman of the Sheerness Legion branch Ian Goodwin.

He said: “I became friends with Bill a few years ago as I have an interest in aviation.

“He has given me a number of personal items including photographs, his dog tag, various manuals and his flying log which makes interesting reading.

“He is quiet and unassuming – typical of heroes of his generation – but can remember in detail his war service.

“He rarely talks about it but I am honoured and it is a privilege to call him one of my friends.”

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