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The sight, sound and smell of his office - celebrating the life of a 103 year old veteran.

Season 3, Ep. 14

Earlier today the Irish Air Corps celebrated a special centenary Veterans’ Days in Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel. As part of the event the Royal Air Force 'Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’, accompanied by the Irish aerobatic display team 'The Silver Swallows', flew in formation across Dublin City and landed at Casement Aerodrome. 

 

The VVIP guest for the event was proud Irish man, Group Captain (Retired) John ‘Paddy’ Hemingway (Distinguished Flying Cross), ​a Battle of Britain Pilot who flew with distinction during World War 2. In Casement Aerodrome, John was reunited with a Hurricane Aircraft, the same type he flew in WW2. On its arrival, the Hurricane came to a stop and powered up its engines so that the wartime pilot could see, hear and smell what he called his 'office' throughout WW2. John is a resident in South Co. Dublin and celebrated his 103rd birthday this week.

 

The Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Seán Clancy and Royal Air Forces Deputy Commander Operations Sir Rich Knighton and General Officer Commanding the Irish Air Corps, Brigadier General Rory O'Connor were in attendance along with a range of other invited guests and veterans.  We hear from the BBMF Crew and the IAC Silver Swallows.

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