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Aberdeenshire Veteran can attend WW2 memorial

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Media captionCharles Crowther's brother was killed when his plane was shot down over the North Sea in 1942

A 99-year-old veteran from Aberdeenshire has been told he will be able to attend a memorial ceremony to his brother who was killed in World War II.

Charles Crowther was previously warned that he needed a passport to attend the event at Leeds Bradford Airport

But Mr Crowther has no passport, or any other form of photogaphic ID.

Now officials have said he can prove who he is with bills, photographs and a birth certificate.

Next week's ceremony is in memory of the 609 (West Riding) Squadron, of which his brother William was a member.

Formal identification is needed because it is being held "air-side".

William Crowther was a flight engineer on a Halifax bomber. He was killed when his aircraft was shot down over the North Sea in 1942, while returning from a bombing raid over Germany.

Image caption Sgt William Crowther is among the members of 609 (West Riding) Squadron who will be honoured

Leeds Bradford Airport has been supporting the activities of the 609 Squadron Association. The squadron was based at RAF Yeadon, which was on the site of the current airport.

A spokesman for Leeds Bradford said: "There are strict guidelines governing the issue of visitor passes. One element is an official form of identification.

"Both Leeds Bradford and the Association have tried to assist the family in obtaining the required documents."

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