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Veterans to return to the skies in Tiger Moths at Bicester event

Photo: Maurice Marriott (left) and Eddie Habberley (right), image credit: Darrin Stevens


Two World War Two RAF veterans will take to the skies in Tiger Moths as The Classic & Sports Car Show in association with Flywheel, (23-24 June, Bicester Heritage, Oxfordshire) honours this year’s centenaries of the RAF and the end of World War One.

Maurice Marriott (aged 93) and Eddie Habberley (aged 95) – both from Duston, Northamptonshire – will be flown above Bicester Heritage, a well preserved RAF bomber station, on Saturday 23 June. Both served in the RAF, with Maurice a navigator in Lancaster and Dakotas based at RAF Wigsley, Lincolnshire, while fellow airman Eddie was based in Burma.

“The Tiger Moth was the first plane that I flew when in the Air Training Corps in 1942, flying from Sywell before beginning my RAF training,” says Maurice. “I wanted to be a pilot and flew more Tiger Moths when I started my training in 1943 and then progressed to Ansons, Wellingtons and Lancasters. I finally ended on Dakotas as a navigator. Having not been in a Tiger Moth for all these years, it’s great to get the chance to do so.”

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