Norman Jackson
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Bomber Command hero 'climbed onto wing to put out fire'

A memorial to the 55,573 airmen of Bomber Command who died taking the fight to Nazi Germany during World War II has been unveiled by the Queen.

Their mission was to attack Germany's air bases, troops, shipping and industrial complexes connected to the war effort.

Almost half of the 125,000 Bomber Command lost their lives - more than today's entire RAF personnel - yet their courage has never been officially marked.

Sgt Norman Jackson tried to save his comrades and their Lancaster bomber when he climbed out onto the wing at 20,000 feet to put out a fire.

Author Kevin Wilson tells the story of the night Sgt Jackson risked his life and why the act of heroism is held up as one of the greatest in the history of the RAF.

  • 28 Jun 2012
  • From the section UK
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