A Largs war hero, who is believed to be one of the last surviving 'Dambusters' in Scotland will be celebrated when the famous Lancaster features in two air displays this weekend.
Duncan Currie was a pilot for the Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, a specialist unit set up during World War Two which became famous for the planned attack on the dams of the Ruhr.
You have two opportunities to see the Lancaster Bomber at 5.20pm on Saturday 3 September, and 2.10pm on Sunday 4 September in The Battle of Britain commemoration.
Ninety three year old Duncan is well known in the Largs area, and was also one of the founder members of the RNLI Station in Largs.
Duncan's wife, Mary said: " “I’m really quite excited for Duncan. He’s in a care home now in Ardrossan.
“Duncan has Parkinson’s, but you wouldn’t know it. He still has his personality and that keeps everyone around him smiling.
“Duncan always said the same thing when he was asked about being a pilot in the war and The Dambusters. He’d say ‘Anyone who wasn’t feart was a liar!’
As with many couples, they were ballroom dancers in their day, and Mary revealed that Duncan still has a good sense of humour, and keep everyone happy with his indomitable spirit.
"The drone of the engines was music to my ears” was how the RAF veteran described a flight down memory lane in a Lancaster bomber at the Scottish Air Show two years ago, and he said: "“Being in the cockpit of the Lancaster after all those years was like being at home."
He also flew missions on Operation Manna – dropping tons of food into famine-struck areas of unliberated Holland towards the end of the conflict. Duncan recalls, “We flew too close at 50 feet up the first time so the next time we flew in at 200 feet and with tins as the bags had just been bursting but people were still eating the food off the ground. They were desperate for anything – they even ate the tea bags.”
Duncan – who was born on Rothesay – joined the RAF aged 17 and did his basic flying training in Tiger Moths in England. He later trained as a navigator in Canada before returning to the UK.