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Tuesday, 23 May, 2000, 16:26 GMT 17:26 UK
Queen's wartime souvenir for airman
The Queen and Henry Lloyd-Lyne
The Queen presents a piece of history to Mr Lloyd-Lyne
The sole survivor of an aircraft crash in Poland during World War II has been presented with a piece of the plane's wreckage by the Queen.

Henry Lloyd-Lyne's six fellow crewmen were killed when their Liberator aircraft was shot down over Warsaw in 1944.

The flight from Italy was bringing supplies for the Polish Home Army fighting Germans during the Warsaw Uprising.

The plane crashed in Skaryszewski Park in the Polish capital.

During the Queen's state visit to Poland in 1996 she was presented with a metre-long piece of the aircraft wreckage when she laid a wreath at a memorial in the park.

Shot down

She presented it to Mr Lloyd-Lyne, now 77, at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

"The Queen thought I would like it," said the retired farmer from Truro, Cornwall.

He said: "I'm actually thinking about cutting it into three pieces - one for my son, one for my daughter and one for a museum.

On demobilisation Mr Lloyd-Lyne decided on a career in farming and in 1952 became a Duchy of Cornwall tenant at St Clement, where his son now farms.

"She actually visited our farm, with the Duke of Edinburgh, in 1956, and the Prince of Wales has been several times," Mr Lloyd-Lyne added.

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