George Wood

George Wood was only 19 years old when he joined the RAF. Just before Christmas 1943, he set out on a mission that could have been his last.

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George Wood was only 19 years old when he joined the RAF in 1941, and two years later he had already beaten the odds by surviving to become one of his Squadron's most experienced pilots. Just before Christmas 1943, George set out on a mission that could have been his last.

Flying over the north Brittany coast, German anti-aircraft fire hit the bombs he had just released causing a mid-air explosion. The plane shattered, leaving the cockpit spinning towards the ground, 3,000 feet below, with George still pinned in his seat. In desperation, he cried out, "Oh God, help me!" The next thing he knew he was outside falling through the air.

Miraculously he landed safely and managed to evade the Germans looking for him. Six weeks later the French Resistance helped George escape back to England in an old renovated wreck of a boat. In 2015 George was presented with France's highest honour, the Legion d'Honneur for his part in the Battle of Normandy.

I am very grateful to the RAF Benevolent Fund

Now aged 95, George needed assistance to stay in the care home that has become his home and the RAF Benevolent Fund was able to help with a contribution to his top-up fees.

George said: "I am very grateful to the RAF Benevolent Fund for all their support."