WWII

Funeral Held For WWII Hero With No Known Surviving Family

Former Bomb Aimer Jim Auton is believed to have been the last surviving British member of a mission to resupply the Polish Resistance.

A World War Two veteran with no known surviving family has been laid to rest in true military style.

Former Bomb Aimer Jim Auton is believed to have been the last surviving British member of the 1944 Warsaw Air Bridge - a mission to resupply the Polish Resistance.

However, with no known surviving family members, the Royal Air Forces Association organised a funeral for Mr Auton in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

"It's very important that we actually pay tribute and honour the achievements of individuals such as Jim - who flew over Warsaw in 37 missions - often at low level", Ailsa Gough, Royal Air Forces Association, told Forces News.

"Flying over Warsaw when it was on fire and under siege is a considerable achievement", she added.

Some had to stand, as the church was completely full for the service, with veterans and cadets who looked up to Jim in attendance.

Escorted through his local town for the final time, crowds followed the coffin in a final act to pay tribute to a war hero who gave so much of his life to charity and the military.