Pontefract RAF pilot David Millett flew the last remaining troops out of Camp Bastion as Britain’s 13-year war in Afghanistan came to an end this week.
Flt Lt Millett, 32, was the captain of one of 14 Chinook helicopters which took the last British and NATO troops to Kandahar airfield for their flights home on Monday.
Speaking from Aghanistan he said: “Monday was a memorable day and I’m proud to have played my part.
“The mission was meticulously planned and everything went as expected.
“It was a very poignant and reflective day and what cannot be forgotten is that 453 brave British soldiers have paid the ultimate sacrifice during this 13-year campaign.”
Flt Lt Millett, who grew up in Larks Hill, joined the RAF as a pilot in 2003 and has been flying Chinook helicopters for eight years.
He has carried out six tours of Afghanistan supporting troops on the ground and rescuing injured comrades.
One soldier on board his Chinook brought back the Union flag which had been raised at Camp Bastion since 2006.
Flt Lt Millett will be leaving Afghanistan himself within the next couple of weeks and spending Christmas at home with wife Natalie, son Ethan, four and two-year-old daughter Grace.
He added: “It’s a massive relief to be coming home.
“I’ve been out here for about three months during this particular tour and it’s been a long campaign.”
“I’m really looking forward to coming home and spending Christmas with my family.”
Flt Lt Millett, who studied at King’s School and NEW College in Pontefract, is based at RAF Odiham in Hampshire.