Flypast honours Birch Green’s Archie

A spectacular and emotional tribute to a former airman now living at Birch Green recently saw the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight pass over the Skelmersdale care home.

The memorial flight, including a Lancaster Bomber, Spitfire and Hurricane, passed over Birch Green four times to honour resident Archie Johnstone on his 98th birthday.

Archie is the oldest surviving member of RAF Bomber Command, and served in the Second World War as a navigator and bomb aimer in a Lancaster aircraft.

The surprise was organised by Archie’s son, Robert Johnstone, and took place as the memorial flight made its way to the Southport Air Show earlier this month. The pilots even diverted the aircraft as a special tribute.

Robert said: “Dad was in tears and at a loss for words after the plane flew over the home. But he did say it was wonderful to have the historic plane fly overhead on his birthday.

“He had a party on the day, and a lot of people who attended the event were overwhelmed as well.”

Earlier in the year, the Queen unveiled a memorial in London honouring those who died serving in Bomber Command during the Second World War.

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