Tornado flypast for funeral of veteran Lancaster Bomber co-pilot

Flypast for Lancaster Bomber co-pilot

A Tornado fighter jet will fly over the funeral of a former Wing Commander to honour the veteran Lancaster Bomber co-pilot.


The Second World War Bomber Command veteran and former mayor of West Norfolk, Wing Cdr Vic Stapley, died at his home on Thursday, January 31 with his family by his side.

In 2018, Mr Stapley was awarded the Legion D’Honneur - France’s highest honour - for his part in the liberation of its people during the 1939-45 war, which he dedicated to his crew members, who helped him to survive 38 missions flying from RAF Kirmington on Humberside.

The 96-year-old was also awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for bravery, made an OBE in 1976 and served as Mayor of West Norfolk from 1990-91.