These were his thoughts on flying a Lancaster 63 years after the end of the war:
"Having the controls of the aircraft again affected me in a way that I hadn't really expected. Thinking about it now, I really don't know how we did what we did, particularly pilots with much less experience than me, whose average age was 20."
"It's a sobering thought that we lost three and a half thousand of these [the aircraft]. The flight has made me realise for the first time in fifty years just how lucky I am, because no matter how skilful you were, it was the luck of the draw whether you survived. It just makes me all the more determined to ensure we build a memorial to those 55,000 who didn't make it back."
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