Prince William meets Battle of Britain veterans

Prince William

Prince William met Battle Of Britain heroes at an event to mark the RAF unit that honours the iconic airplanes they flew.

The Duke of Cambridge heard wonderful stories from the veterans, and enjoyed an air display during the event at the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire.

William shared a special moment with World War Two veteran Rusty Waughman, 94, who was a Lancaster bomber pilot from 1943 to 1944.

Mr Waughman said afterwards: “He was so easy to talk to, so pleasant. Being here brings back so many memories.”

During his visit, William also made a special connection with 99-year-old veteran Ken Wilkinson when he bent down to talk to him in his wheelchair.

The prince is patron of the iconic flight, which was created to honor the planes involved in the Battle of Britain.

It collects and preserves examples of the main aircraft from the war to honour the RAF’s defence of the UK against Nazi Germany at the end of 1940.

William, who completed his service with the RAF Search and Rescue Force at RAF Valley, Anglesey, is Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Coninsgby. He flew there by helicopter today.