6 September 2013

A 93-year-old RAF veteran who was awarded the Victoria Cross during the Second World War returned to the skies today in a model of the aircraft he used to pilot.

John Cruickshank, from Aberdeen, is the only RAF veteran living in Scotland to have the highest military honour for valour in the face of the enemy.

He was welcomed to RAF Leuchars in Fife by station commander Air Commodore Gerry Mayhew ahead of Scotland’s largest airshow due to take place this weekend.

Air Commodore Mayhew told Mr Cruickshank it was an honour to meet him before the veteran boarded the Catalina flying boat, one of the aircraft to feature in the Leuchars Airshow 2013.

The crew took Mr Cruickshank on a 20 minute round trip flight to Dundee, bringing a smile to the veteran’s face.

via RAF veteran, 93, returns to the skies 69 years after heroic WW2 mission which won him the Victoria Cross – Daily Record.