Veteran flies back to Pock 72 years on

Tom with pilot Andy Hardy, who flew the Piper Cherokee light aircraft from Buckinghamshire to Yorkshire last weekend.
Tom with pilot Andy Hardy, who flew the Piper Cherokee light aircraft from Buckinghamshire to Yorkshire last weekend.

An air veteran flew to Pocklington last week for a chance to catch up with old friends and comrades he served with in the RAF.

Accompanied by pilot Andy Hardy, veteran Tom Sayar flew from Buckinghamshire to Yorkshire in a Piper Cherokee light aircraft last Saturday, landing at Pocklington Airfield.

Tom last flew into Pocklington as pilot of a Halifax bomber in 1943 and said he was delighted to visit his old airfield.

But of course, it brought back a lot of old memories of his time in the squadron, not least the losses they suffered.

Tom and pilot Andy met through the Propellor Club a few years ago and have since attended a number of fly-in events, including RAF Cosford.

Project Propellor matches up veteran WWII RAF aircrew with current pilots who gather together for a day at a significant location.

After meeting up at a nearby airfield they fly to the venue for the day and back home after the event, with veterans often being given the opportunity to man the controls.

Andy Hardy is an experienced pilot and flew his Cherokee over 10,000 miles to Australia in 2013 which took more than seven weeks.

Tom was last in Pocklington during the 102 (Ceylon) Squadron Association Annual Reunion in May, at which he gave a talk at All Saints Church, about his experiences in the squadron at Pocklington.

The Squadron Association will gather again in Pocklington in November for Remembrance Day in November and next year for the flying Man Festival 2016.