Wartime flying ace’s reward for bravery

Tixover House Care Home resident Viv Richards receiving his Bomber Command Clasp from Air Vice-Marshall Nigel Bairsto.'Photo: MSMP011113-006ow
Tixover House Care Home resident Viv Richards receiving his Bomber Command Clasp from Air Vice-Marshall Nigel Bairsto.'Photo: MSMP011113-006ow
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A Second World War veteran has been rewarded for his courage and bravery.

Former RAF pilot Vivian Richards, 92, who lives at Tixover House Care Home, received his Bomber Command Clasp in front of family and friends on Friday.

Royal Air Forces Association chairman Air Vice-Marshal Nigel Bairsto was on hand to present the award and commended him for his efforts during the war and stressed the importance of veterans like Mr Richards being remembered and recognised.

Mr Richards joined the RAF at the age of 20 while he was working in a bank.

He learned to fly Wellington bombers and became a pilot for Bomber Command Squadron, serving in France and Iceland during the Second World War.

Mr Richards, who moved to the care home in 1986, said: “You never think of these things. It’s just ordinary people doing things years ago but it’s a very very nice feeling to be recognised.”

His daughter Adrienne Lee, who watched him receive the clasp, said: “He was very very brave.

“It’s been a really nice momentous occasion.”