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Christine, 91, presents brother’s war medals back to the RAF

Christine Cooper presents her brother Dennis Winch's war medals to Wing Commander Chris Snaith, Officer Commanding IX(B) Squadron. With them is Christine's younger brother Anthony Winch.

Christine Cooper presents her brother Dennis Winch's war medals to Wing Commander Chris Snaith, Officer Commanding IX(B) Squadron. With them is Christine's younger brother Anthony Winch.

A 91-year-old Grantham woman has presented her brother’s medals back to the RAF for safe keeping.

Christine Cooper handed the medals over at a ceremony at RAF Bardney where her brother Dennis was stationed as a gunner on Lancaster bombers.

Dennis, aged 20, was killed with the rest of his crew on their return from a mission to Bergen in Norway in January, 1945.

Dennis was awarded three medals during the war. They were the War Medal, the 1939-45 Star and the Air Crew Europe Star.

Christine and her younger brother Anthony Winch presented the medals to Wing Commander Chris Snaith, Officer Commanding IX(B) Squadron. The medals will be kept at RAF Marham where 9 Squadron is now based.

Christine, of Premier Court, said: “9 Squadron were very very pleased to take the medals. We had a lovely lunch, there were 40 to 50 people there and it was a very pleasant and moving thing to do.”

During the war, Dennis flew a number of operational missions including two to attack the German battleship Tirpitz.

He and Christine lived in Huntingtower Road and occasionally the air crew would have dinner there.

Christine has been to Norway twice to pay her respects to Dennis and the crew of the Lancaster that never returned from the Bergen mission.

 

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