All these years later, new stories are still emerging of those who took part in the vital effort to defend Britain during 1940; including two-part time pilots from Yorkshire - James ‘Ginger’ Lacey, a trainee pharmacist in Leeds, and John Dundas, a journalist for The Yorkshire Post from Barnsley.
Their records have been republished by the RAF for today’s anniversary and their stories show the tragically differing fortunes of war. While Sgt Lacey went on to become a flying instructor near Bridlington and lived until 1989, Flying Officer Dundas was killed in November 1940 at the age of just 25.
The stories of both are a reminder of what heroic volunteers risked to protect their country from Nazism.
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