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Wing Commander Ken Wallis finally awarded WWII campaign medal

26-Aug-2013 • Bond News

Wing Commander Ken Wallis, best known to James Bond fans as the inventor and stunt pilot of 'Little Nellie' autogyro for the 1967 film "You Only Live Twice" has finally been awarded a campaign medal for World War II, 68 years later.

Wallis, who flew 28 missions in a Wellington bomber over Germany during the war, was a pilot in 103 Squadron, based at RAF Elsham Wolds in north Lincolnshire.

Now 97 years-old, after finally receiving his Bomber Command golden clasp, Mr Wallis said: "It's a bit late - and long over-due. There were 56,000 who were killed in Bomber Command and when we finished operations we thought we would get medals. And it was a terrible disappointment when we didn't get them."

"They thought we were bombing these poor innocent Germans, but there was never a moment of pleasure when we did it,' insisted Mr Wallis. None of us wanted to do the job."

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