Harry Irons tried to enlist into the RAF when he was 16 years old but was unsuccessful. Adopting his mother’s maiden name, and claiming he was almost 18, his second attempt succeeded and he joined up and later trained as an air gunner. He completed more than 60 bombing operations, first on Lancasters and then on the Halifax. At the end of the war he was awarded the DFC. In later life he became a devoted campaigner for a Bomber Command Memorial that was eventually dedicated in 2012. He advised on the accuracy of the seven members of aircrew depicted on the memorial. The photograph shows him at the memorial in Green Park.
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