VIDEO: South Yorks Lancaster bomber hero dies, 91

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Brave Dick Starkey, one of South Yorkshire’s most famous World War Two heroes, has died - aged 91, writes Graham Walker.

He was among the last surviving Lancaster bomber pilots, shot down after 22 missions and sent to the infamous Stalag Luft III German prisoner-of-war camp, immortalised by Hollywood in The Great Escape.

Former Lancaster Bomber pilot Dick Starkey with a picture of his squadron during World War Two.
Former Lancaster Bomber pilot Dick Starkey with a picture of his squadron during World War Two.

Dick, of Royston, Barnsley, returned a few years ago to the 1944 crash site of his beloved Lancaster bomber Queenie and was amazed to be introduced to Martin Becker, the Messerschmitt pilot who shot him down.

 

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