A tribute to the bravery of a Mexborough war hero who flew with the famous Dambusters is being held on Tuesday.
Mexborough and District Heritage society is marking the heroism of former pub landlord, Roy Machin, an air gunner on wartime Lancaster bombers. The presentation is being held jointly by local historian, Giles Brearley, and military enthusiast, Alan Downing. Giles said: “I knew Roy but he never spoke of his wartime experiences, although I knew he had been involved in real action. His son Roy saved all his diaries and photographs and we used them as a basis for the presentation.”
In an early operation, Warrant Officer Machin displayed such cool bravery in his burning bomber that his heroism was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.
Roy and his parents went to Buckingham Palace to receive it from the King in person.
He eventually joined 617 Squadron - the Dambusters - and was involved in many high profile mission including sinking the Tirpitz, the pride of Germany’s fleet.
He saw active duty to the end of the conflict and, despite the incredible odds, survived. He died in 2006. Both family pictures and genuine operational photographs are being used to illustrate his war time career at the Ferryboat Inn, at 7.15pm.