Wreath commemorates pilot

Les Waby with the wreath.
Les Waby with the wreath.

A wreath has been fixed to a Pocklington street sign to commemorate a pilot who died during World War Two and had a block of flats named after him in the town.

Les Waby, 83, has decided to fasten a wreath to the sign for Betterton Court, where he lives, which is named after Sergeant Pilot Victor Betterton.

Mr Betterton, who was a member of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, died in May 1943, aged 32, when the Halifax bomber he was flying crashed near Fridaythorpe during a training flight.

Mr Waby was unaware Betterton Court was named after an ex-serviceman until he carried out some research.

He said: “We didn’t know who Betterton Court had been named after, we didn’t know it was an ex-serviceman killed in war.

“I decided to look into it. I researched the full story and got to know what happened. It’s only courteous to put up a wreath for Armistice Sunday.”