Tribute to Sale's Ron Lamb, one of England's last-surviving Spitfire pilots (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Tribute to Sale's Ron Lamb, one of England's last-surviving Spitfire pilots
ONE of the country’s last-surviving Second World War Spitfire pilots has died, aged 93 – Messenger pays tribute to Ron Lamb.
Ron was born in Manchester on March 19 1920 and while he lived in various places, he settled in Sale for many years with his wife Dorothy, who still lives in the town and will be 90 next year.
They had three daughters, Christine, Helen and Katy, who provided the couple with 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren between them.
Ron’s youngest daughter Katy said Ron was football mad, having played for the Old Stretfordians until he was 40 and was a life-long supporter of Manchester City, which ‘was his life’.
Before his death in July this year, the former Stretford Grammar School pupil documented his time in the army and RAF in a short memoir, which recounted his often humorous and at times dangerous exploits.
A memorable extract is Ron’s description of being shot down while flying from Greece to Italy in 1944, in which he describes bailing out of his aircraft and being found by ‘a motley group wearing various odds and ends of uniforms and none of whom appeared to speak any English’.
Some of the group thought Ron was a German soldier and wanted to shoot him, but the warrant officer managed to persuade them of his British credentials by showing them the Union Jack which had been tattooed on his arm when he had had ‘one drink too many’ when he was a young soldier.
Katy said her father did not speak freely to his family about his time in the war, but liked to swap stories with his friend and fellow veteran Frank Tolley, 92, who he met at the Manchester Air Service Association and met up with regularly.
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