A Douglas Dakota pilot who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his heroism at Arnhem was honoured with a flypast in his home town in North Wales on September 19, exactly 75 years to the day after he died in battle.
Flt Lt David Lord from Wrexham lost his life while flying supplies to ground troops during the Battle of Arnhem as part of Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands in September 1944. As well as the flypast by an RAF A440M Atlas, today’s successor to the Dakota, an information panel explaining Flt Lt Lord’s actions was unveiled. The tribute is sited outside Wrexham Memorial Hall where an earlier memorial to the airman is housed.
Air Cdre Adrian Williams, the RAF’s most senior officer in Wales, said: “Flt Lt David Lord VC served both his country and the Royal Air Force with great valour and it is important that his courageous airmanship over Arnhem 75 years ago should never be forgotten. His actions remain an inspiration to RAF aircrew to this day.” WITH THANKS TO FG OFF MARTIN WADE