VIDEO: Royal Air Force vet (94) flies again thanks to kind cop

By Dave Doyle | 11/07/2018

VIDEO:  Royal Air Force vet (94) flies again thanks to kind cop
Sgt Kirkham (left) with John “Snogger” Watkins

A 94-YEAR-OLD Royal Air Force veteran relived his flying days thanks to a police officer and his generous friends.

John “Snogger” Watkins joined the RAF in 1942 and served in World War Two with Bomber Command.

On Armed Forces Day the Rotherham veteran met fellow ex-serviceman Sgt Simon Kirkham, of the Rotherham Central Neighbourhood Policing team.

After hearing John’s tales of wartime derring-do, former serviceman Sgt Kirkham contacted some friends with a 1942 Tiger Moth biplane, who got John up in the air again.

Sgt Kirkham said: “What a character John is —  it was an honour to be able to sort out this little adventure for him.

“John defended this country during the war to allow people to live freely and this is just a small way to show him how much we appreciate what he did.”


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