Originally posted on Give Me Liberty:
- Dick Starkey, from Barnsley, was shot down in 1944 after 22 missions
- Mr Starkey was then sent to the infamous Stalag Luft III PoW camp
- Wrote about his experience in ‘A Lancaster Pilot’s Impression on Germany’
- He went on to strike up friendship with the German pilot who shot him down
One of the last surviving Lancaster bomber pilots, who was shot down over Germany and taken prisoner by the Nazis in the Second World War, has died aged 91.
Dick Starkey was shot down after 22 missions and sent to the infamous Stalag Luft III German prisoner-of-war camp, immortalised by Hollywood in The Great Escape.
Mr Starkey returned a few years ago to the 1944 crash site of his beloved Lancaster bomber Queenie and was amazed to be introduced to Martin Becker, the Messerschmitt pilot who shot him down.
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