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Child abduction - the charity fighting to reunite children who've been taken by a parent. Fifty years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, we reveal the crucial part played by air crews in the East Midlands. And on board the little ships making an epic journey to join the jubilee pageant on the Thames.

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29 minutes

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Mon 22 Oct 2012 19:30
BBC One East Midlands

East England's 'secret' role in Cuban Missile Crisis

East England's 'secret' role in Cuban Missile Crisis

In October 1962 RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire was home to the Vulcan bombers of the RAF's V Force.


But the role that it and RAF Harrington played in the Cuban Missile Crisis, where Soviet nuclear warheads were placed in Cuba, was kept secret at the time.


A group of aviation historians are collecting first-hand accounts of the Cuba crisis but they have made a remarkable discovery.


Some of the accounts do not match the versions on official files.


Watch a video feature on the BBC News website.


Role Contributor
PresenterMarie Ashby
Series EditorTony Roe