Aisle be blowed! Sur­prise shop meet-up 63 years on

Ex-RAF pair joined up at same time in 1951, then lost touch

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AN 80-YEAR-OLD has been re­united with a man he joined the RAF with 63 years ago af­ter a chance meet­ing in a su­per­mar­ket.

David Booker, who lives in Wood­hurst Drive, Den­ham, was shop­ping in Waitrose, Ger­rards Cross, when he bumped into Mr Leano.

Mr Booker joined the RAF for na­tional ser­vice on Novem­ber 8, 1951, and was sent for train­ing where he met Mr Leano.

He stayed in the RAF for two years, but never saw Mr Leano again un­til he went for his weekly shop last week.

Mr Booker said: “We did train­ing and I never saw him af­ter that, I never came across him.

“I was do­ing our usual shop with my wife, she was get­ting vegeta­bles, and as I looked down the aisle I saw him.

“I recog­nised him straight away, even af­ter all these years. I re­mem­bered him be­cause his fam­ily had owned an es­tate agent in Uxbridge.”

Mr Booker said: “I went up to him and said ‘Are you Mr Leano?’

“He was shocked knew his name.

“I told him I recog­nised him from the RAF and in 1951 we had signed up to­gether.

“I think he was flat­tered he was recog­nis­able, which is some­thing at 80!

“He was al­ways slim, and had a lot of hair, and he was the same.”

Mr Leano, also 80, stayed in the RAF and be­came an in­struc­tor.

He wanted to be a pilot

Ibut was only able to re­alise his am­bi­tion when he took up fly­ing at Den­ham Aero­drome, in Tile­house Lane, which is be­hind the house Mr Booker has lived in for 47 years.

He added: “I couldn’t be­lieve he’d been just be­hind us and we’d not seen each other.

“When I told my friends they couldn’t be­lieve it. What are the chances?”

Have you been re­united with some­one years af­ter los­ing touch? Call JoAnne Rowney on 07825 144 253 or email jo-anne rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror. com.

SHOCK MEET­ING: David Booker bumped into his ex-RAF col­league Mr Leano while shop­ping in Waitrose. Right, Mr Booker in his uni­form in 1951

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