Dr Edward Fleming was a 19-year-old training to be a Lancaster bomber pilot when he and his crew became horribly lost in bad weather over Britain during the Second World War. The flight almost ended in tragedy.
“We were in a Wellington, and we had been briefed to do a cross country operation down to Land’s End, then up to St David’s Head, and then back inland to a bombing range, and home,” Dr Fleming said.
“Our base was a place called Moreton-in-Marsh, and we set off heading towards Land’s End, but we ran in to appalling weather and got pushed right back towards Europe.
“In the end, some of our navigation aids failed, and we became completely lost at night, with no idea whatsoever of where we were.
"I had an instructor on board at the time and he broke the rules and gave a mayday call.