He was: Pilot officer Edgar Rupert George Haines, D.F.M. RAFVR, now deceased.
He was born in Maidenhead on June 9th 1923. Edgar completed his training in Canada and survived a number of operations. Returning from one particular operation, the entry in his logbook modestly stated "Landed Manston, 2 engines" In actual fact, he and his Pilot, wrestled the crippled Lanc across the English channel and for this act of determination and bravery, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying medal. Edgar remained in the R.A.F after hostilities were over and became a career officer, retiring in the mid 1970's as a Wing Commander. His post-war service includes 2nd in- command at RAF Finningly, Vulcan bomber force. Spells with NATO at Naples and Oslo. He was awarded the M.B.E for his work on six missile bases, including tests on Blue Streak and Thor during the cold war.
For more personal details of this Officer, please read the Funeral Eulogy.