Forces Network: "The RAF Pilot Who Flew Through Tower Bridge"


War Hero
"In 1968, the main event planned to celebrate the Royal Air Force’s 50th anniversary was a summer airshow at RAF Abingdon in Oxfordshire.

Many in the service felt let down that nothing else was planned in the air.

There were going to be a few parades and a bit of marching up and down, but nothing that would show the RAF off to the taxpaying public in all its glory.

No1 Fighter Squadron had just returned from a busy exercise in Gibraltar to their base at RAF West Raynham in Norfolk.

They had then been sent to RAF Tangmere in Sussex to provide a flypast for a station event.

Whilst on the ground and chatting with RAF personnel and their families, Flt Lt Alan Pollock was horrified to realise that most didn’t even appear to know that the RAF’s 50th anniversary was being marked.

The next morning, as he prepared to depart with the rest of 1 Squadron for the home base, Alan decided that he’d do something to focus attention on the Royal Air Force and its 50th anniversary ........"