Lancaster bomber veteran, 97, can finally clasp long-awaited medal

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Pictured: Ken Symonds with the medals, Ken's Bomber command clasp 75 (second left).<br />
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An RAF veteran who flew the last Lancaster bomber home on the final sortie of the war has finally received his Bomber Command clasp 75 years later.<br />
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Former Squadron Leader Ken Symonds, 97, limped his aircraft back to Britain following the last big raid of Bomber Command's Europe offensive.<br />
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The sortie took place over Berchestgaden, the town in the Bavarian Alps where Adolf Hitler had his Eagles Nest retreat, on April 25, 1945 - five day's before the evil dictator's suicide.<br />
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The Lancaster was struck by anti-aircraft fire which resulted in one of its four engines to be knocked out.