Veterans

WWII Veterans Celebrate Veterans' Day At Biggin Hill

The Second World War veterans shared stories in the hangar alongside an iconic Spitfire.

Second World War veterans have gathered in a hangar at Biggin Hill airport to share stories and take to the skies alongside a Spitfire.

The Heritage Hangar, which flies and maintains the wartime aircraft, invited veterans along on Wednesday to give thanks to those who gave so much.

Each of the men invited to the event at Biggin Hill had the opportunity to share stories of bravery and survival near the iconic Spitfire aircraft preserved at the hangar.

This 'Veterans Day' at Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar has been organised to give thanks to those who gave so much in the war.

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A Spitfire was flown over Biggin Hill.

Surrounded by various wartime aircraft on display, the veterans shared their experiences.

Among them was Bob Denwood, who served with the RAF as a Wireless Operator and Air Gunner.

Mr Denwood had a brush with disaster when the B-24 Liberator crash-landed in the UK.

"I went down on one wing and one wheel. The belly of the aircraft was skidding along the runway," he said.

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Veteran Bob Denwood shared his story at the event.

Another veteran present at the event was former Paratrooper Fred Glover.

After being captured by the Nazis in France, Mr Glover managed to escape and lived to see the day of the liberation.

"The resistance looked after me. I was in a safe house for about three days," Mr Glover recalled.

He said he spent some days in Paris, just enjoying the post-liberation atmosphere.

"When people realise they suddenly got freedom, what freedom actually means... it is a simple word, but it has a tremendous meaning."

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Veterans were given the chance to share their own war-time stories in the hangar.

Robin Brooks, from the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, said he feels like we owe the veterans "a great debt".

"We love to have them here and listen to their stories," he said.

"If you do not get their stories now, it is lost."