WWII pilot speaks of dangerous life in the RAF

Veteran remembers his service in the RAF not knowing if the next flight would be his last.

Tony Goodwin volunteered to join the RAF in 1941 and went on to take part in the influential Operation Manna as a flight engineer in the Second World War.

The 96-year-old took part in various training courses throughout his time in the RAF and was in the 153 Bomber Squadron based at RAF Scampton.

He also survived five 'operations' over enemy lines and flew as a Mosquito pilot with 4 Squadron at Gutersloh, has spoken of the nostalgia brought back to him.

He said: "I'm not going to try and make out like I did something special.

"There's a list of those who had fallen during operations in the Second World War.

"I was a flight engineer on flights that went over the Netherlands to drop supplies to the Dutch below.

"Every flight we went on you thought it was going to be your last, that was part of the job and when you were young you just did it.

"We used to sit and drink with people who you would call your friends before missions and then they wouldn't come back.

"You half expected that you wouldn't come back.

"When the Germans were supposed to be retreating their Anti-Aircraft fire was worse than ever, we were very fortunate.

"It's all a faint memory now and the RAF played a huge part in the war but as did other servicemen and women.

"The Bomber Command Centre brought back memories that the war went on for too long and of losing people you knew."

Tony took part in two years training in southern Rhodesia, now known as Zimbabwe, and entered the war as the Allied offence began.

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