Saluting a Bomber Command hero: Rusty Waughman 1923-2023

Bomber Command veteran Rusty Waughman has died, aged 100. In a memorable Aeroplane feature from 2018, Graham Finch interviewed him about his tour flying Lancasters on No 101 Squadron

Rusty Waughman gives the photographer his best Winston Churchill impression before climbing aboard Lancaster LL757 Oor Wullie.
Rusty Waughman gives the photographer his best Winston Churchill impression before climbing aboard Lancaster LL757 Oor Wullie. NO 101 SQUADRON ASSOCIATION ARCHIVES

Born in Shotley Bridge, County Durham in 1923, Russell Reay Waughman’s early years were punctuated by a series of health issues that impacted badly on his education. War was imminent when the family returned from a holiday in 1939 and Rusty remembered the time well: “As my brother had become a regular in the Territorials, I had to do my bit, so I joined the Local Defence Volunteers.

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