Dambusters hero and wife who died just days apart are given a fitting farewell

A DAMBUSTER engineer and his wife who died with no living relatives were laid to rest with full military honours and a fly-past after an RAF appeal for mourners at their funeral went viral on the internet.

More than 400 people, including every branch of the Armed Forces, paid their respects to Victor Barnett, 101, who died on December 21.

Victor was laid to rest alongside Edna, 91, his wife of 68 years, who died on New Year's Eve, just 10 days after her husband.

They fell in love in 1944 while Edna worked in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and Victor was a radar engineer.

Victor, known as VJ, joined the RAF in 1937 and worked on the first radar system that detected German planes during the Battle of Britain.

He went on to help prepare Lancaster bombers for the 1943 Dambusters raid on German positions and befriended "bouncing bomb" inventor Barnes Wallis.

The couple, from Telford, Shropshire, had no children or living relatives and the RAF appealed online for people to attend the joint funeral at Telford Crematorium on Tuesday, January 22nd.

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