Tornado flypast for one of the last surving Battle of Britain veterans

Charles Stokes celebrates his 101st birthday. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Charles Stokes celebrates his 101st birthday. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

A Tornado flypast has taken place after the funeral of Charles Stokes, one of the last remaining Battle of Britain veterans.

The funeral of Charles Stokes at Saint Faith's Church, Gaywood. Picture: Ian Burt

The funeral of Charles Stokes at Saint Faith's Church, Gaywood. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Family and friends came together to pay their respects and celebrate the life of the 102-year-old veteran, who died last month.

His son, David, led the tributes during the service yesterday at St Faith's Church, Gaywood, in King's Lynn, describing his late father as a 'remarkable man'.

He said: 'I think the very first tribute to my father is to see so many people in this church today. He may have outlived many of his counterparts but it's so wonderful to see so many friends and relatives here.

'He was a remarkable man, not only because he lived for such a long time but for the way he lived his life as well.'

Mr Stokes joined the RAF at 21 and, for a spell of his career, he was looking after legendary air ace Douglas Bader's Hurricane at Duxford. During the Second World War, the veteran was mentioned in despatches for his engineering skills, after helping install a mirror modification to the RAF's Hurricanes and Spitfires.

The simple, yet highly effective change overcame a blindspot in British aircraft and saved the lives of countless pilots.

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Mr Stokes' 14-year-old great-granddaughter Eloise Pinchin and granddaughter Bryony Stokes also paid tribute to his values as a family man.

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