By Lord Ashcroft
First published in the Daily Express on 13 June 2019.
SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS ago today one of the most remarkable stories in the history of the VC unfolded in the skies over France. Historian Lord Ashcroft on a tale of bravery and survival.
Just a week after D-Day and in what promised to be a relatively routine night-time bombing mission, the crew of an Avro Lancaster heavy bomber took off bound for northern France.
They were a closely-knit, seven-strong crew who had been on many sorties together.
Two gunners, Warrant Officer Andy Mynarski and Pilot Officer Pat Brophy, had formed a particularly strong bond, isolated as they were from the rest of the crew in their positions towards the tail of the aircraft.
Every time they successfully returned from a mission, they celebrated by having a slice of their favourite lemon meringue pie, made by one of the cooks on the base. (more…)