From the horse’s mouth

Lincoln University student Chandelle Coudray meets RAF veteran Henry Wagner, at Fenland and West Norfolk Aircraft Preservation Society Museum, who was navigator on a Halifax bomber shot down over Holland.
Lincoln University student Chandelle Coudray meets RAF veteran Henry Wagner, at Fenland and West Norfolk Aircraft Preservation Society Museum, who was navigator on a Halifax bomber shot down over Holland.
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Wisbech war veteran Henry Wagner spent the day talking about his time as a navigator on Halifax bombers to a university student.

Henry, an active member of the Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Preservation Society (FAWNAPS), discussed the art of in-flight navigation with Chandelle Coudray, a student at Lincoln University, who is studying the subject for her dissertation.

The pair spent Saturday at the FAWNAPS museum at West Walton, where Henry who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, talked of his war time experiences with the RAF.

He was a navigator on Halifax bombers and was the sole survivor when his plane was shot down over Holland in December 1944.

To mark his birthday FAWNAPS member Eric Cox presented Henry with a custom made birthday card signed by members together with a detailed Di-cast model of a Halifax MK3 with the same MH-A markings on the fuselage as were on the plane that was shot down.

He was also given a birthday cake with a hot air balloon decoration on it, which has particular significance, because despite his age, Henry is intending to do a parachute jump later this summer.