Oldest Battle of Britain ace dies
THE oldest surviving Battle of Britain pilot, who was shot down in his Spitfire and wounded in 1940, has died aged 99.
Flight Lieutenant William Walker, born in Hampstead, north London, died in hospital on Sunday, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust said.
Born in 1913, Mr Walker joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve and was called up for full-time service in 1939.
On August 26, 1940, he was involved in taking on a large German bomber force, with heavy fighter escort, which was heading towards targets in southern England.
Mr Walker’s plane was hit and he baled out, landing in the Channel with a bullet in his right ankle.
He clung to a shipwreck before being rescued by a fishing boat.
After recovering from his wound, Mr Walker’s postings included joining a squadron engaged in anti-aircraft duties and one with the Sector Gunnery Flight at Gatwick.