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Remaining flying Lancaster bombers reunited for memorial flight

August 15th, 2014

A Canadian- based Lancaster Bomber joined a Lancaster from the Royal Air Force to fly in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The flight, which was due to pass over Lincoln Cathedral with the Red Arrows, was cancelled, due to bad weather.

The event was due to reunite the two remaining flying examples of the Second World War plane for the first time since the 1960s.

These aircraft are the only airworthy examples in the world and this will be the first time since the 1960s that they have flown together.

They will be displayed together at events up and down the country before the Canadian Lancaster flies home.


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D-Day anniversary: US veterans accuse France of withdrawing flight offer

May 18th, 2014

“Now they’re telling us they have nothing to do with it … It’s really frustrating.”

Felice John Tulli, who was 18 when he landed at Omaha Beach with his US army unit, is one of the veterans left in the lurch.

Congressman Grimm’s office reportedly called his daughter in April to tell her that the French government wanted to fly him and a guest across the Atlantic to receive a medal from President Francois Hollande, who will be joined at the ceremony by Barack Obama, the US president and David Cameron, the Prime Minister.

But now that the offer has allegedly been withdrawn, his daughter is hoping to pay for the trip by organising a baseball betting pool.

A spokeswoman for the French Embassy in Washington denied that France had ever offered to fly the men to the beaches where they fought 70 years ago in the largest the lar such attack ever mounted.

But US Army Master Sergeant Manuel Perez, who the New York Post said is one of the coordinators of the event and was liaising between veterans’ families and the French government, said that he had as late as Friday been seeking clarification from the French.

Mr Perez said that “it was common knowledge” that France was paying for flights to Europe for the event, and noted that the country had sponsored the trips of American veterans a decade ago for the 60th anniversary.

No one at the French foreign ministry, which is organising the D-Day commemorations, was immediately available for comment on the accusations that the offer to pay for flights had been made or withdrawn.


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