AVM Deryck Stapleton has died aged 100. He began his flying career in bi-plane bombers and towards the end of his service he took a Vulcan bomber on a round-the-world trip. He was awarded the DFC whilst serving with No. 14 Squadron in the Middle East and in Eritrea where he flew the Wellesley and the Blenheim. He commanded a Bomber Wing in the Balkan Air Force. In the post war RAF he commanded jet fighter bases in the UK and in Germany. He was appointed AOC No. 1 (Bomber) Group when his Vulcan bombers carried the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrent.
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