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In the cockpit of the last operational Lancaster at RAF Scampton are five survivors (from left) George Chalmers (wireless operator), Ivan Whittaker (engineer), Jack Buckley (gunner), Bill Howarth (gunner) and Bill Townsend (pilot) of the Dambusters raid on the industrial heart of Germany. *02/04/04: A collection of the medals won by Ivan Whittaker have gone on display ahead of their auction later this month. During the Second World War he twice received a Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) - the only flight engineer in the RAF to receive two such honours. 30/04/2004: A Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to Dam Buster Ivan Whittaker who retired from the RAF as a group captain in 1974, but died five years later and remains the only flight engineer to be twice awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. His first award, received in November 1943, was for taking part in daring and hazardous operations - including the attack on dams along the Ruhr. He received a second a year later after landing a plane with badly wounded legs following a raid over France.
Sex Pistols EMI Split
06/11/1975 : On this day in 1975 the Sex Pistols played their first gig at St Martins School of Art in London. Punk rock group The Sex Pistols rearing an EMI poster after the announcement that they have split with their record company. EMI said it felt unable to promote the group in view of adverse publicity. 22/02/04: The group's Anarchy In The UK has been named the most influential record of the 1970s in a poll by Q magazine. It beat Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and the Donna Summer disco classic I Feel Love in the list of the decade's landmark records.
Transport - RMS Windsor Castle - Southampton
A carnival atmosphere for a sad occasion. Streamers fly as the Union-Castle Windsor Castle leaves Southampton for her last scheduled voyage to Cape Town, South Africa. Windsor Castle (36, 000 tons) launched by the Queen Mother at Birkenhead in 1959 is being withdrawn along with Safmarine's SA Vaal because the first of the fleet of big container ships are coming into service on the route. Windsor Castle is due to be sold. SA Vaal is due to maker her last voyage on September 2nd.
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