Former Squadron Leader Eric Robinson OBE with family, friends and members of 611 Squadron celebrating his 100th birthday (Picture: RAF).
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RAF squadron celebrates WW2 veteran's 100th birthday

Squadron Leader Eric Robinson joined the RAF in 1941 and was later awarded an OBE for his role in leading a rescue mission in Greenland.

Former Squadron Leader Eric Robinson OBE with family, friends and members of 611 Squadron celebrating his 100th birthday (Picture: RAF).

The RAF's 611 Squadron has helped a Second World War veteran celebrate his 100th birthday.

Former Squadron Leader Eric Robinson OBE was joined by family, friends and members of 611 Squadron, based at RAF Woodvale in Merseyside, for his milestone celebration.

Among the cards received by the centenarian was one from the Queen, the Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston and 611 Squadron.

He joined the RAF in 1941, spending much of the Second World War as a pilot instructor in Canada, along with some active service in Europe.

Mr Robinson continued his RAF career after the war, flying more than 200 sorties as part of the Berlin Airlift.

He was later awarded the OBE for his part in leading a rescue mission on the frozen icecap of Greenland.

Former Squadron Leader Eric Robinson OBE with a card from the Queen to mark his 100th birthday (Picture: RAF).

After completing his service and flying commercially for some years, Eric flew Chipmunks from RAF Woodvale with the Air Cadets in the 1980s.

His grandson, Paul Robinson, said the RAF has been "a huge part of his life".

"It has been special to receive a letter from the Chief of the Air Staff and a video from the RAF Band playing 'Happy Birthday', but it is extra special to have the RAF here to share the celebrations," he said.

"We are very proud of his service and all that he has done."

Eric shared many of his stories with well-wishers and was enthralled by a Tomahawk aircraft flypast over his house.

Warrant Officer Mathison, 611 Squadron, said it was "an honour" to attend Mr Robinson's birthday celebration and "pass on the best wishes of the Royal Air Force to such an incredible man".

"It is very important to continue to show our gratitude to our veterans and to recognise the sacrifices they have made and the bravery they have displayed," he added.