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11th July, 2005


Monday 10:31

As the nation celebrated the 60th anniversary of the end of WW2, Marshal of the Royal Air Force, Sir Michael Beetham, aged 82, joined the crew of the Battle of Britain Flight Lancaster bomber as it took off from Duxford. The Lancaster was one of 21 historic aircraft which flew in 5 waves over London - but it was the Lancaster which dropped a million poppies as a commemoration of those who lost their lives in the War.

Sir Michael, who is now 82, was a Flight Lieutenant when he flew a Lancaster in the Victory parade of 1946.

"I feel privileged to be given the chance to take part in this historic flypast," said Sir Michael. "It will be a very proud moment and it will bring back many memories." Also taking off from Duxford were the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Spitfire, Hurricane and Dakota.

Notes to Editors

Attached are photographs of Sir Michael Beetham and the BBMF Lancaster bomber

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