Old­est Bat­tle of Bri­tain ace dies

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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.

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