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Pilot Wilson Taylor to receive wings after 70 years

14 August 2014 Last updated at 11:29 BST

A former airman has told of his joy that he will be presented with his wings, nearly 70 years after qualifying for them.

Wilson Taylor, 89, from Newcastle, trained as a pilot in Canada during WW2 and qualified in August 1945, just as the war ended.

But he did not complete operational flying duties and so his wings were regarded as provisional.

Over the years he has campaigned to receive them and now the RAF has agreed to make an exception to its rules.

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