Frank Griffin was decorated twice as a Pathfinder pilot in Bomber Command. Initially he trained as an air observer and flew anti-submarine patrols over the Atlantic and North Sea. After training as a pilot he flew Lancasters and attacked Berlin numerous times. In December 1943 his aircraft was badly damaged but he carried on to the target and returned safely. He was awarded the DFC. With 103 Squadron he attacked the Ruhr and targets in north France prior to D-Day. He was awarded the DSO – the citation concluding “he was a fearless and determined captain”. He joined British South American Airways after the war and searched for the Avro Tudor Star Tiger, which was lost in the Bermuda Triangle with the wartime commander Air Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham on board. Griffin was 99 when he died in March.
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