|| Aa Armistice day approaches, one local man has uncovered a remarkable tale of wartime bravery and comradeship.
Gordon Ball, chair of Cameron Community Council, vowed to find OTU all he could about the pilot who saved the life of former Squadron Leader Jack Harrild more than 60 years ago, when he heard his friend's story.
Mr Ball said his research led him on an "extraordinary journey" and he'd been intrigued at the way comradeship played such a huge part in uniting people.
During the Second World War, Mr Harrild (87) who lives in Strathkinness with his wife, Joan, was posted to the Pathfinder Force 635 Squadron, at Downham Market, flying one of the most famous bombers of the war, the Lancaster.
On the way back from a successful bombing raid over Germany, on September 13, 1944, his aircraft was hit and left vulnerable to further attack.
He and his crew faced a difficult and lonely trip back to British soil when he noticed an aircraft from a different squadron — 156 — appearing alongside.
The pilot, Lindsey Cann, tucked himself under the badly damaged starboard engine and wing and escorted the crippled aircraft safely back to Downham Market.
Jack wrote and thanked Lindsey on behalf of himself and his crew for his unselfish act in protecting them.
He got a reply to the effect that it was no more than his duty and he and his crew had been very touched by his letter.
It was the first time anyone had bothered to thank them.
Read more in this week's St Andrews Citizen.
Last Updated: 08 November 2007 12:00 PM
Grave Photos of the Cemetery and Crew by Jerome Le Blanc