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Funeral held of WWII veteran in Eastbourne

Charles Davidson
Flt Lt Davidson was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross

The funeral of a distinguished World War II veteran has taken place in Eastbourne.

Flt Lt Charles Davidson, 87, died at his home in Ratton, Eastbourne, on 20 February

A member of the 464 Mosquito Squadron, he completed 69 missions for the Royal Air Force (RAF) and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).

Representatives from the RAF attended his funeral service at Eastbourne Crematorium.

'Burn injuries'

Born in Hackney, east London, Flt Lt Davidson joined the RAF as a navigator in 1942 when he was 19 years old.

On 5 June 1944 the navigator and his pilot Bob Rowell supported the Allied Forces landing at Normandy.

Later Flt Lt Davidson suffered serious facial injuries and was treated at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead.

The group of servicemen, who were treated at the hospital under the pioneering surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe, became known as The Guinea Pig Club.

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