Patrick, who served as a leading aircraftman
in the Far East for more than three years, said: "I remember Lord Mountbatten once gathered a squad of us around him for a speech and he asked, 'How many of you fellows would like to go home?' We all put both our hands up."
Martin Beard, aged 20, of No 1 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment was shot during a routine foot patrol in the Al Waki district north of the British Base at Basra Airport, southern Iraq on Tuesday night.
Martin Beard, 20, of No 1 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment was shot during a routine foot patrol in the Al Waki district north of the British Base at Basra Airport, southern Iraq on Tuesday night.
Martin Beard, 20, of No 1 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment was shot in the Al Waki district north of the British Base at Basra Airport.
, Shane McMullen, aged 21, completed a rigorous course which included combined recruit and trade training, drill, weapons firing, signals, expedition training and physical education.
He WAS in the air force - but as a lowly leading aircraftman
who never even flew in a plane.
Last year, it reached Veterans Affairs and a recovery mission was launched which, in early December, found the wreckage and the remains of the six crew members: Warrant Officer 2 William Bennet Rogers, Halifax; Flying Officer William Joseph Kyle of Perth, Ontario; Flying Officer David McLean Cameron, Oshawa; Flight Sergeant Charles Peter McLaren, Campbellville, Ontario; Warrant Officer 1 Stanley James Cox, Beresford, Manitoba and Leading Aircraftman
Cornelius John Kopp of Dutchess, Alberta.
Lieutenant Glenn Dickin was a 22-year-old Canadian who had never seen action before and Leading Aircraftman
fitter Maurice Hardstaff was an RAF man who had waited more than four years for this moment.
JAMES CASEY, 22, & SAC TECHNICIAN LIAM BETSON, 21,
A picture of a roll of honour is one of few keepsakes Julian Wadsworth has of his late brother, Leading Aircraftman
(LAC) Peter Wadsworth, after he was killed in action in 1952.
As a leading aircraftman
in 1957, he spent six months on the Antler tests at Maralinga in Australia.
Mr Taylor, 75, from Carnegie Close in Biddick Hall, South Shields, was only 20 when he travelled to Maralinga in Australia as an RAF leading aircraftman
. He spent six months in 1957 helping to organise the Antler atom bomb tests and during that time became one of some 12,000 British, Australian and US servicemen who witnessed atomic explosions in the 1950s and 1960s.