WW2 heroes pub ceiling graffiti salvaged in new memorial

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Blackie williams is signing the ceiling with his co pilot Kirkpatrick, right. <br />
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Sections of a torn-down pub ceiling which are covered in 250 signatures from World War Two heroes have been salvaged and turned into a memorial.<br />
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The merry airmen left their mark during raucous evenings at the George and Dragon in the village of Clyst St George in Devon.<br />
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Many of the brave men who signed or drew on the wood ceiling perished in the war in the skies with the Luftwaffe.<br />
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One of them, Sergeant Albert Stilin, of 257 Squadron, was killed aged 21 when he crashed his Hurricane into this pub's roof on September 30, 1942. Another airman later put the initials 'RIP' put after his name.<br />
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The ceiling was taken down in 1975 and half of it was destroyed. <br />
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Robin and Suzannah Holwell recovered the surviving planks from a RAFA association store room in 2009 and have carried out a decade-long preservation project, putting the sections in frames and researching the men behind signatures.