A Second World War rear gunner, who was set to only have a few mourners at his funeral had a hero’s send off after the RAF intervened.
Walter Edwards died earlier this month aged 92, and less than ten surviving relatives, including his widow Gladys, were set to attend his funeral at Amersham Crematorium.
But when his niece Gill Saggers and her husband Colin contacted RAF Halton and the Royal British Legion they were happy to help.
On Wednesday, trainees from the logistics and supply training squadron volunteered to provide a guard of honour, a poem was read out by Squadron Warrant Officer Andy Waters and the Royal British Legion provided standard bearers.
As a tail end Charlie, Walter bravely fired at enemy plans from a Perspex box attached to the back of a Lancaster Bomber.
He narrowly escaped numerous dog fights in the skies over England and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.
After the war Walter married his wife Gladys, and went to work as a printer for Aylesbury’s Hazell Watson and Viney.
Flight Lieutenant Nathan Holmes, flight commander and officer commanding training flight on the logistics and supply training squad, said: “It is especially important at the start of the centenary of World War I that we recognise and remember all those who have fought and served our country.
“Consequently, I’m exceptionally proud and honoured that members of the logistic and supply training squadron were able to provide a fitting and appropriate tribute to one of our own, Flight Lieutenant Walter ‘Ed’ Edwards, who represented the Royal Air Force with such distinction under highly challenging and arduous conditions.”