Ensuring we will remember them

War hero Don Crossley , from Upton, is part of a project to recall war memories from all bomber command teams
War hero Don Crossley , from Upton, is part of a project to recall war memories from all bomber command teams

AN UPTON war hero is bringing his World War Two experiences to life as part of an archiving project.

Don Crossley was a wireless operator for a Lancaster Bomber during the war and is one of a few living survivors of his squadron.

And to ensure that the tremendous actions of his colleagues are not forgotten, a collection of their memories are being recorded to share with the country.

Mr Crossley, 87, of Tower Avenue, was in the air force from 1943 until 1947 – and later returned for a further eight years.

He recalled one flight – when he was just 19 years old - when his Lancaster was being fired at by several thousand guns trying to get it down.

He said: “It was no picnic but we were just doing what we had to do.”

Mr Crossley said: “My dad was part of World War One and I never asked him about his experiences before he died and that is a big regret I have.

“That is why I was so eager to take part so my children and grandchildren know my experiences.”

The information will be the basis of a CD which is set to be released later this year by Lancaster Bomber enthusiast Duncan Mason.