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Late WWII Spitfire hero honoured
Bill Marshall
Bill Marshall flew with the Royal Air Force during World War II
An "astonishing act of heroism" is being remembered with a plaque and display in a Kent town in honour of a World War II Spitfire pilot.

Bill Marshall, who died last year aged 87, shot and destroyed a V1 flying bomb which was about to fall on Lydd.

His widow Pamela, who lives in their home in Barbados, has her husband's Spitfire logbook and a copy of a thank-you letter from Lydd's mayor.

A memorial plaque will be unveiled at The Royal Mail pub on 7 September.

Mrs Marshall is flying over from Barbados for a reception in honour of her husband arranged by Kent brewers Shepherd Neame.

She said Mr Marshall, who went on to become a successful racehorse trainer, was lucky to survive when he fired on the bomb from close range and stopped it from hitting Lydd in July 1944.

The letter from Mayor Gordon Paine told him that the town had suffered only a few broken windows.

Shepherd Neame's George Barnes said: "We are delighted to be able to pay tribute to a brave man who risked his young life to save others on the ground."

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