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Veteran US pilot, 96, makes emotional return to former airfield at Twyford Wood




A veteran American World War II pilot made an emotional return on Sunday to a south Lincolnshire wartime airfield, 75 years after he flew from there on a perilous pre-invasion mission on the eve of D-Day.

Lt Col David Hamilton, 96, is the last surviving Troop Carrier Command pilot from a special operations Pathfinder mission on June 5, 1944, flown from RAF North Witham, which is now Twyford Wood near Colsterworth, owned by Forestry England.

Months had been spent training in secrecy for the mission – to drop men of the US Army’s 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions behind enemy lines in Normandy. Their task was to secure landing areas and set up navigational aids to guide in the main airborne invasion force of C47 aircraft carrying paratroopers and towing gliders.


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